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  1. The video is really accurate. My experiences with Microsoft support have been amazing but some of the problems Microsoft products/billing has can be frustrating... you wonder why it happens in the first place. It's also confusing that is has to be so exclusive right down to Windows 10 and Creator's Build update specifically. Windows Store exclusive? OK, I'm fine with that but they should be providing options to purchase it for Mac, Linux and not require Creator's for Windows 10 PCs. It seems like you're really hurting the market for this game before you even get started.
  2. Well, I'm surprised to say the least about this huge announcement. I guess I kind of forgot how key Age of Empires was to Microsoft's entry into the gaming industry. They've become so big and moved on to XBox that you forget their origins but they obviously did not and want to re-enter the PC gaming market which is still large and lucrative. $20 is a reasonable price-point. All the stuff I see in here and on the various gaming media websites looks good. I honestly never thought I would see the day they re-released AoE1 when they ignored it with the HD stuff. I can't believe they announced the same treatment for AoE2, AoE3 and the creation of AoE4. That's a big move and a big gamble. I hope it pays off since I'm a huge fan of the time period and RTSes.
  3. I think what's interesting in that article is the theory (it was proven through analysis I think) that the two plagues this one and the one in medieval time - arose independent of one another. In other words it's theoretically possible we could see another plague today especially in some of the poorer, crowded cities of the world. It's a slightly scary thought but from where I'm sitting - I think the hygiene in Western cities and many other cities is good enough that the chances of another plague are probably low. I'd be worried for people living in slums in say Mumbai, India for example.
  4. I don't particularly remember any game - I just remember The Zone, that 'hack' to get a cooler game/lobby title and info, joining different clans over time and switching from Random Map to Deathmatch (for Age of Empires 1 and Rise of Rome). One map that really stands out would have to be that Age of Mythology map where it's just the giant trojan wall across an empty map. Two teams of players, one on each side. You started with ridiculous amounts of resources so it was essentially a 'super' deathmatch since you didn't really need villagers after creating housing, military structures.
  5. A bit late to this but I enjoyed it and I hope it does well. The RTS genre has been suffering for quite a while so it desperately needs a boost. I'd only been playing the odd game of League of Legends up until the AoE II HD release. I can't say it's blown me out of the water since I always preferred the original AoE but it's a nice enough distraction. I haven't explored 0AD since the early Alpha that was barely playable. Real life can really squeeze almost all your gaming time. Hopefully over the next month or two if it's available, I'll try it out again. Although it's 19.99 for basically nothing (I can barely see the difference on a 1920x1080 screen) graphics wise - it revives the multiplayer.
  6. I felt Age of Empires struck the right balance... I guess if I had an unlimited budget, I'd want an incredibly detailed, living representation of either the Roman period, the Italian Renaissance period (along with right before it) or the Greek period. Not really a game in the traditional sense but kind of like Second Life - you 'play' as someone in the world, you interact and it changes things in the world slightly. If you want to work towards something - your goal can be to become a general, a ruler, a wealthy merchant or whatever. The main reason I enjoyed RTSes aside from competing against others (unfortunately the quantity just isn't there to have lots of fun in multiplayer anymore) was the history and getting me interested in the history. I took history classes in University because of Age of Empires for example. It's also why I like period dramas that aren't accurate like Rome, The Borgias - they're exciting, they get you interested and looking in to the actual history.
  7. The game was rushed to market in my opinion. It's like the higher ups at Microsoft told the developers and community PR people "We want Age of Empires gameplay combined with Farmville and World of Wacraft" and then they wanted results and money too fast for the time put in and the 'dream' of what the game should be like.
  8. The flip-side is with the ability to charge over time, the campaigns can be expanded on, updates can be made to 'balance' PvP so the expected life of the game would far surpass a normal $60 RTS from the store. It also allows you to not spend the $100 - just spent $20-60$ unlocking your 1-3 favorite civilizations if you're not interested in the questing and making your city look beautiful. I could be wrong though... I don't have a great understanding of their price models and what the various prices offer. Edit: Thanks Pureon for mentioning Anno 2070, I'm going to follow that game closely. Looks like fun, I've always liked RTSes and to a lesser extent world building/shaping games so I'll probably end up getting it. To address Mythos Ruler about not buying a game any time soon - I kind of agree. There's one definite buy for me GW2 but that's about all I can see myself getting now. Unfortunately the trends in the gaming industry seem to be moving towards the Phone/Tablet APP games and other games for casual audiences. The Wii sold huge, iPhone/Android App games sell well, Facebook and other social networking games seem to do well. Maybe we're just being caught at a bad time in the history of the gaming industry - the casual gamer is driving the market. The upside is there's only so much further casual gaming can go, the Wii is out, Microsoft put out their motion sensor thing and there's not much more to expand on in terms of App and Browser games. Maybe in 10 years (or less) - we'll see a return that blends some of the new stuff technology that has been refined and perfected (motion sensors) with the 'hardcore' (all relative when compared with App games) games.
  9. As a beta tester for a very long time - it was disappointing to say the least. Hopefully with full release I can buy the 'booster packs' and try out the PvP and decide more from that... I really disliked the MMO aspect because it was so incredibly boring and grindy. Setting up PvP matches and Co-op in the BETA took some time to figure out and the quests were often repeatable and incredibly boring. The farm quest in particular was annoying - I could finish the first 3-4 (I forget how many there were) but I had to do it OVER AND OVER - I couldn't cash in for the rewards of all 3-4 at the same time. I am ranting here but I did take it up in the beta forums and soon after I pretty much stopped beta testing. It was a little too boring and I had real life stuff that became more pressing.
  10. I've seen the discussions on other forums and occasionally taken part so I'm wondering does anyone else read the books and/or watch the TV show? I have only watched the TV show but the books seem to get a lot of praise from people I know so I might pick them up.
  11. Also a giveaway on Curse apparently: http://www.curse.com/keys/ but I have not tried it because I've been in the beta for a while. I've been slightly underwhelmed throughout the entire beta but it is a beta and it is an MMO so hopefully they will continue to add and make the game more interesting to me.
  12. Guild Wars and World of Tanks are two games I sort of play...
  13. I am in the same boat. I do know this was transfered from a game I used to play but I honestly have no recollection of how I came up with it. I got my name from Guild Wars where I was Legendary Silver because it required two word screen names.
  14. Probably most, I would think. Wish I had the laughing emote to display at the end of this.
  15. I dislike questing so hopefully the premium civilization and PvP packs let me bypass that stuff.
  16. It's an interesting topic you bring up. If you look at youth unemployment in Spain and even many other countries - stuff looks pretty darn depressing. We could 'lose' (so to speak) a generation here. And this problem will probably be compounded by the baby boomers who did not save enough for retirement and forced governments into massive deficits. This means we're now at a point where baby boomers won't quit their jobs so younger people can enter into a professional career - they need the job to keep paying their mortgage and the benefits from the state will probably be slashed and those benefits were never high enough to maintain their lifestyles to begin with. Another unintended consequence - can you imagine the US in a few years? Sure, they don't have the low birth rates of Europe and Japan but no one will convince me that the US economy is not going to hit a wall - when baby boomers continue to age and decide to do two things: Sell their houses en-masse and cut back the spending. They have been the driving force between a lot of the major booms and busts over the past few decades and that just won't be the case anymore. It's also important to remember that 70% of the US economy is driven by spending. If people decide they don't want the new flat screen TV, new car, etc... it could be disastrous.
  17. My 3 - New Zealand - Unfortunately one of the few parts of the world I haven't visited is Oceania (Australia, NZ and surrounding islands). I would love to live there because I have only heard great things from family and friends. On the practical side - I can speak the language. I love small cities of only a few hundred thousand and a small town feel to them. On top of that there are mountains and the ocean relatively close together - kind of like living on the West Coast of Canada - even without the ocean, waking up to mountains every morning is so awesome. Luxembourg (if it can't be that, it would be Switzerland) - I really like Europe as a whole, I spent my early childhood there - any reason for Luxembourg in particular? I've visited it before and it was one of my favorite places - the big selling point for me is the geography - like it was with NZ. I know French but I would need to learn German so there's a downside. I wanted 3 relatively different places but I ended up wanting to make a list of 4: I went with Argentina for my last choice but I was also thinking about Morocco/Turkey. Argentina because of the snowboarding - it's a lovely country overall - I would have to learn Spanish but the mountains and the snowboarding would be amazing. Of course all of this is assuming I would have a steady middle-class job to pay for everything. Canada/USA/England are off my list because I lived in those countries.
  18. Wasn't the original bill in France passed without a first vote to begin with? Only a vote to ratify? The drop from 65 to 60 years is the bill I am talking about. Just as my own little political aside - I find it funny how the protests and unions in France are looked as left wing crazies by anyone - I mean go back 2-3 generations to when the Union movement in the USA was strong and you'll find out that while they may have been conservatives on social issues - they were left wing crazies when it came to unions and worker's rights. Edit - not to say that France doesn't have some very crazy union leaders - just that most aren't. Because there have been cases where a French union has held people hostage. You take a look at the problems facing the states, Washington and private companies with their huge pension liabilities and most people say 'we need to cut benefits'. That really shocks me because when you talk about it more with people - they don't realize that had the states, Washington and private companies put away a portion of their income to their pensions like they were suppose to - there wouldn't be a looming shortfall and the cry for workers to take cuts. I'll get back on topic with this thread later tonight and post my 3 locations. I'll exclude USA, UK and Canada because I live and have lived there - it will make things slightly more interesting for me at least...
  19. A virtual reality of ancient Rome at a certain period would definitely be very cool - not only for an RTS but also for an MMORPG. And by MMORPG I mean a more pvp oriented game where leveling and gear are either low or non-existent and where strategy/tactics are key. Or maybe even a mix of RTS/MMORPG where say Rome and Carthage are populated with real players and barely any NPCs - any NPCs are grunts like farmers, etc... but say the Senate and higher positions within the world are held by real people. Edit - but of course I'm not talking about this game, I'm talking about a bunch of rich people or a game studio where people can do this. Doing something like the above on free time is practically impossible.
  20. Arizona, or maybe Singapore. What would I do? Nothing really, invite close family and just relax for a month. I used to live in Europe and have visited several times since. Some very beautiful places but from what I have seen of Arizona and many places in China/Asia, my pick would have to go to them. Oh but if I had to pick a European country it would be Spain or maybe Sweden in the summer time.
  21. Total War is OK, but I don't like it as much as probably everyone else on this forum.
  22. Will you release the finished game without the tutorial and create the tutorial at some point? How will that work?
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