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Avoid Newegg at all cost.

So apparently if newegg sends you broken items it is your fault.  If you expect them to refund you for the broken product they sent, they will blame you and expect you to just eat the cost.

I would recommend avoiding them at all cost.

I have never encountered a company that sends a bad motherboard out and then blames the consumer this is a new one on me.

Oh and if you are curious on why they feel they shouldn't return my 500 dollars for this broken board.  I didn't report that a USB port was damaged on top of all the other damage on the board.  You know the ports I wouldn't have tried because the board was BROKEN.

Newegg's motto must be Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware).
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No problem, I completely understand that sentiment!
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#elderscrollsonline  

I was thinking of how to talk about this game.  See the main problem is I have played every Elder Scrolls game ever (except Redguard it was on the Xbox).  This includes Battlespire one of the worst ES games ever.  So one might say I'm bias I love Elder Scrolls in fact I love it so much I have spent over 350 hours in Skyrim.  That is more than 14 days of my life played in a video game (a little depressing but damn did I love that world).

And you know what this game feels like.

It feels like Battlespire.  Broken.  Painful.  Devoid of any Elder Scroll love.

This game is the same game I played in Beta; they didn't fix a damn thing.

For instance:  Do you like grouping with your family and friends in an MMO?  Well FUCK YOU.  This game hates you if you like grouping.  Quests are instanced in such a way that you can't easily help each other.  Each person typically has to do each step themselves.  This makes the game in my wife's opinion complete shit because she hates doing quests.  Typically in a good game like Final Fantasy 14; we get the quests; she follows me and I do the boring stuff.  When a fight starts we help each other out and move on.  This game if I do a quest before her or choose a different path.  There is no helping out all you get to do is watch a floating arrow bounce around and then die.

The next glaring problem with this game is the User Interface and by User Interface I mean what User Interface.  They took Skyrim's interface a game built around immersion and playing by yourself and used that one.  THE FUCK.  There is no minimap (oh you get the skyrim compass which is almost completely useless).  You don't get any buff/debuff icons.  You can't see if your group has any buffs or debuffs on them.  Your group is noted only by little arrows on their head making it hard to see them.  The inventory system is the same one from Skyrim you know the one that was such shit that people made entire mods around fixing.

This interface feels like something I would have came across while playing Daoc or EQ 1 not a game post WoW and post Final Fantasy 14.  And I know exactly what their response will be "well if you don't like it you can just mod it."  Here is the thing I shouldn't have to mod this game just to make it bearable to play and that is what I have had to do.  I have already 5 mods installed just to make the game more bearable to deal with and these are mods that were made DURING BETA.  That is right their developers already knew that people were wanting this shit and did they listen?  Hell NO.

Next off are the Dungeons.  I expect dungeons to be expansive, with enjoyable bosses and AWESOME LOOT.  Well they got the expansive part right.  To bad the bosses are all tank and spank repeat and the loot.  Well let's see I got 1 gold from one boss and a minor soul gem from another and nothing on the final one.  Yep totally worth running that dungeon.  The Bots get more loot from farming the solo dungeons than I got from doing a group dungeon.

Speaking of the Bots.  There are TONS of them and they are doing nothing about them.  You can not enter a solo dungeon and not find 15 or so bots standing around where the final boss spawns and why are they doing this?  Well you know that loot I mentioned above well the solo dungeon boss actually drops loot so why not just bot it and get as much money and loot as you want.  To bad that ruins everyone else's experience because you are now fighting bots for the loot and the kill.

Next off is the fighting mechanic.  Well its Elder Scroll so it sucks.  Seriously they got this 100% right.  I have never liked the ES games fighting mechanics because they are always shit and this game nailed it again.  You get 5 abilities you can use and that is it.  Oh the game has a bunch of skills in it to bad you can't hot key all of them or even half of them.  Most of the abilities you use feel flaccid and sometimes the game freaks out and you don't even know if it is firing or not.  Compare this with Final Fantasy or Guild Wars where every ability you use is flashy and just has a great feel to it when it goes off and you are left wanting. The only thing that I would say they did right in the combat is the combat is active.  I prefer a game that does require me to dodge and move.

So did this game do anything right?  Well the sound is awesome.  The game's musical score makes it feel very epic.  There is not a moment in the game when the music doesn't make you feel like you are on a grandiose adventure to bad its in this broken shit.

The next thing they did right is the factions and pvp.  They took a play from DAOC and made a large expansive area that has tons of things to do and is in a constant state of flux as you fight each other for keeps, scrolls and the right to be called Emperor.  To bad you can't level in pvp like every other damn game does.

Personally my plan is to give ESO 2 months; that is one for free and one for pay and after that I'm going back to Final Fantasy 14.

Post Script: Linked below is Angry Joe's Review; once again I think he sums it up pretty well.
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Yeah I think gw2 spoiled me. It would have to be an amazing game for me to pay a monthly fee.
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Very funny and nice animation. 
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I'm very impressed by this and felt like sharing it in case you missed it.
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Spec Ops The Line (Released June 2012).

I'm not a big FPS fan but I figured I would give this game a go because everyone kept going on and on about the story.

So let's get this blurb under the way.

The Good:

The game is pretty and the sand mechanics quite beautiful when you get to use them (which isn't really that often).  The story is interesting especially the little bits of intel you find on the way.  They give the story more fluff without being a must have to follow what is going on.  That is always a plus in my book.  You do have regen health but its understandable since let's face it med kits don't heal you and real bullets kill you in one hit (well typically).

The Bad:

The enemy AI is horrible;  I would often find a bad guy jumping back and forth over cover or just standing out in the open.  But don't worry the game balances this by giving you two AI partners who if they die you lose.  Guess what your AI partners do?  If you guessed jump back and forth over cover you would be correct.  There was one point in the game where my sniper companion Lugo decided we needed to move up.  Not only did he move up but he rounded the next corner and ran a mile down the corridor and found himself a lot of bullets.  I got to find a game over screen because I couldn't get to his dumb ass.  Another time I hopped on a turret just for Adams my heavy gunner to run in front of it as I opened fire.  The problem with this bad of AI; especially in squad mates who can end a mission if they die, is I stop paying attention to the story.  I don't know how many times I reloaded because either they ran out into the open and got gunned down or instead of giving me back up hung out in the rear with the gear while I fought 20 men.  When I'm yelling at my fellow squad mates to stop being useless turds I'm not really paying attention to your biting satire about the over glorification of war and combat.

The Ugly

I'm tired of games wanting to make the difficulty of an area harder by making soldiers who are suddenly super gods.  Not only does this game have heavys (well armored individuals in riot gear because apparently riot gear can protect you from grenades) but they have killzone wannabe soldiers(or fallout new vegas whatever).  I hate these types of mobs nothing pisses me off more than when I shoot a guy in the head and he shrugs it off like I was throwing pebbles at him.  It just takes me out of the moment.  Especially since the game really doesn't need this mechanic.  The game would have been just as hard and fun without these.

Another over used mob that drives me nuts is the melee guy.  You know the guy who brings a knife to gun fight and somehow can take 20 bullets and one shot kills you.  These guys should not exist and if you do use them they should be one shot kills where your protagonist makes fun of them.  

Verdict:

Overall if you like FPSs you probably have already played this.  If you don't like FPSs this isn't the game that is going to win you over.  The story is good but there are just to many spots that are frustrating and un-fun to make this game worth it.
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Path Of Exile has the best Pay to Win Method ever.
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+Aion +Gameforge  +NCsoft 

So wife came home yesterday and asked me if I have ever heard of Aion.  I said no and we checked out their site.  Looks like an interesting game.  So we started the omg long download process and created accounts to play today.

Our experience on playing well I can't say see we were banned from playing.  Why?  The hell I don't know since our total amount of time in game was 0 minutes.  Unless they consider booting up their game to be a bannable offense which is the only thing we did before being told we were banned.

So great game guys.  Definitely one every one should check out.  Nothing like wasting three hours to download a game for it to ban your brand new account immediately because F U that's why.

Fail game is Fail.
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#thewolfamongus   #telltalegames  

So I picked up Telltale's new game The wolf among us.  

If you don't know about this game I recommend you go to their site (linked below).

Its based in the world of Fable.  A series I had seen before at Wizards but never picked up.  The premise is simple the creatures and people from our Fables are real.  They just live in different worlds.  Unfortunately, an evil force comes along and drives them out of their worlds and into ours.  So now they are in exile which means they have to work together.  This means the Big Bad Wolf has to play nice with the three pigs and red riding hood, and Jack can' t go around killing giants anymore.  

The game centers around Bigby (the bad wolf).  He's the sheriff of fabletown (a place called new york city).  His job is to keep the peace amongst the Fables; not an easy task from reading the comics (yes I picked the first one up because of this game).  

The game play is very similar to the Walking Dead from Telltale (if you don't know that game; the hell is wrong with you go buy it).  You are given several choices through out the game that affect the games story and how the fables react to you.  The art style is awesome.  It's vibrant and beautiful.  

They have currently only released Episode 1 but it was worth the 25 dollars and the wait for the next ones.

If 25 is a little to high for you waiting for steam sale is acceptable but I really do recommend you pick this game up.
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