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  1. GoT was nominated for 13 Emmys, and everybody seems to think the same as I do: Peter Dinklage deserves to win. I said I was excited to see how they portrayed Tyrion, and I was not disappointed.

     

    Has anybody started reading A Dance with Dragons yet? It will be a while before I can get around to it. If Martin can make us wait five years, then he can wait on me for a few months.


  2. My response was about the article, but since you take it personally I'll make my final ones about my perception of you. Your immature comments are indicative of the problems that apparently still persist on the Times staff. In fact, they seem to be getting worse. I'll take care to avoid reading anymore articles from you. Thank you.


  3. I think the fact that it's called the Times in the first place does give people the impression that it's meant to be a news source. - after all that's normally a name used for newspapers....

     

    ...In the last couple of years the articles seem to have shifted more to soapbox than informative...

     

    Here's a quote from another Times article:

     

    ...It is almost a slap in the face each time updates of this manner come about. Makes you wonder if they worship the all mighty dollar more than they appreciate the people that helped them build this Mega-Community by remaining loyal through thick and thin...

     

    That quote came from an article almost six years ago, from the second Times article written. The Times has always been an editorial piece.

     

    @Crocefisso:

     

    To conclude, I agree with your post but think that, in some cases, people could overcome what you say by applying common sense and by responding more calmly from time to time.

     

    Comparing an update to the stench of fecal matter will not spark a thought-provoking discussion. Your readers will find it difficult to take you seriously when you choose vulgar metaphors to express your contempt. How can your readers--even someone like me who may share similar opinions--view this as anything other than a rage rant.

     

    Personally, I'm not thrilled about the update either. I think most people see right through it, but it's not like Jagex is being sneaky when they call it a loyalty program. As of now, I see it mostly as a junk update, unnecessary to the game other than for pure promotional. However, I feel the article didn't provide enough evidence to back up its tone. Other promo events like Bonus XP weekends have a far greater impact on the game than MLP. You think MLP will bring rivers of blood? Were you not around when the anti-RWT updates were implemented?

     

    You also failed to convince me that MLP has a detrimental effect on F2P. MLP doesn't force people into membership any more than Gnomecopters. Yes, Jagex would like F2P players to eventually become members. I can't fault them for it. Some people may purchase membership for MLP, but hopefully they will stay for the same reasons I became a member. For the game itself.


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    I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the S2 cast. I think the most anticipated and important decision they'll need to make is who plays:

     

    [spoiler=Very plot-related spoilers, don't click if you haven't read Clash.]Dolorous Edd. :>

     

    [spoiler=They should cast me to play...]Patchface

     


  5. So, now that it's over, general question.

     

    Who was your favourite character?

     

    I'd have to say Little finger and Tyrion Lanister, both for their intelligence and cunningness.

     

    Special mention to Jaime Lanister for his devil may care attitude.

     

    Wow that's a tough question. For me, I've always loved Tyrion, and Dinklage played him very well (despite Tyrion in the books looking much uglier). I'll be upset if he doesn't win some awards.

     

    Khal Drogo was fantastic. After watching him, I'm now considering watching Conan The Barbarian this summer.

     

    As far as Littlefinger, I liked how the series added in the scenes with him and the Spider. It showed how they are both very cunning and untrustworthy. I'm also looking forward to next season, where Tyrion is forced to match wits with these two.

     

    I said it before and I'll say it again, they did an EXCELLENT job on casting for the show. I can't wait to see who they pick for Stannis next season.


  6. Am I the only one who actually doesn't want fantasy in the story? I thought it did a good job on realism and focusing more on politics, relations and betrayals. When the zombie guy appeared... well, it felt out of place.

    I'm interested to see how the human conflicts and supernatural conflicts blend later in the series. Would the nobles still be trying to screw each other into the ground when there are zombies (Or worse) killing all their people?

     

    There are some supernatural elements, but the story still stays centered around the characters. I really have to force myself from blurting out what happens later and ruining the story. Keep watching. You won't be disappointed. Just shocked.


  7. This episode was pretty much full of badasses outbadassing each other. [bleep]ing awesome.

    Syrio. :thumbsup:

     

    Syrio's fight was just as I had imagined it. They did a great job with him. I heard that George RR Martin wrote the script for this episode. If so, then that might explain the badassness.

     

    [hide="spoilers]I enjoyed the fight with Khal Drogo as well. It's been awhile since I've read the book, but was that accurate? I thought the Khal took an arrow in a fight (even though he won). I'm probably mistaken, but in any case it shouldn't matter. The outcome is the same.[/hide]


  8. Thoughts on Episode 7

     

    [hide=Spoilers]This series just keeps getting better. It diligently follows the book, so I know exactly what to expect, and it's still such a surprise when I see it. Please don't keep reading this if you haven't watched the episode! The scene with Ned and Cersei was brilliant. "When you play the game of thrones, you win or die." Cersei is such a smart woman, and Ned's honor finally betrays him. And once again kudos to the casting of Tyron Lannister! He immediately played such a towering figure, and the great Jamie Lannister looked so small standing next to him. Oh, and Khal Drogo's speech gave me chills.

     

    I do have one gripe. The sex scene with the prostitutes and Littlefinger, while it revealed Littlefinger's character (portrayed brilliantly by the actor), may have been a little over the top. HBO has created such a great series, they don't need to risk alienating a portion of their audience. Leave that kind of overcompensating for shows like Sparticus. HBO really doesn't have any good excuses for that scene either, especially since it wasn't in the book.

     

    Other than that, wonderful episode, and I can't wait till next week.[/hide]


  9. Anyone else thinks Tyrion's character is sort of a mini House MD? :mrgreen: Except the MD part, of course, but his personality is very similar.

     

    Tyrion was one of my favorite characters in the first book, and I was really interested in seeing how he would be portrayed. The actor that plays him has done a FANTASTIC job. He's extremely clever and manipulative.

     

    I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, but this is the most complex and serious character I've ever seen from a dwarf. It breaks the mold of snow white, oompa-loompas, and mini-me. I hope we can see more characters like him in the future.


  10. there have been many parts of the dialogue that match word for word. Episode 3 was kind of a set up episode, 4 should have a lot of excitment. I'm also re-reading the books right now and am anxiously awaiting the next book, which is long overdue.

     

    It's been awhile since I read the book, but I still find myself speaking the lines sometimes before they do. It follows that closely. And yeah, I imagine episode 4 will be the jousting tournament? If so, I am definitely looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to seeing a certain beggar king get what's coming to him. :wink:

     

    And yeah, maybe this will finally motivate Martin to finish the series.

     

     

    Really enjoying the show so far. All the characters have been casted pretty great, in my opinion. Tyrion is just awesome, haha.

     

    I LOVE the Imp. I found him one of the most fascinating characters in book one. He really knows his strengths and weaknesses. I was excited to see Tyrion portrayed on screen.

     

    Arya and Syrio's interaction was instant magic and reminded me every bit of the book.

     

    I thought the same thing! Then again, I think they did a fabulous job all around with casting.

     

    I'm really happy with the show so far except for thinking it could be paced a little slower in some places. There are so many characters, it wouldn't hurt to do some lingering scenes.

     

    I wondered that myself. There really are so many complex characters weaving in and out of the story.


  11. I looked, but was disappointed I did not see a thread about this.

     

    HBO premiered a series based on George RR Martin's epic fantasy series. I was excited when I heard about it, and so far the series has not disappointed me. It follows very closely to the book. The only concern that I've had is that the storyline may be moving a little too fast for someone who hasn't read the book. It is a complex tale.

     

    Has anybody else been watching this series? If so, what are your thoughts?


  12. the reason for the financial meltdown was because the us government was directly forcing these financial institutions to give out loans to people they knew could not repay.

     

    which anyone who has taken any econ or finance classes could tell you is a bad idea.

     

    america needs to teach its congressmen some econ and finance imo.

     

    Could you expound a little on your theory please?


  13. [hide=Blyaunte]

    OK, I give up, call it a publicity stunt if you will, along with all of the implied animosity that comes with that, but in my opinion even if they were 99% sure that the community would respond favorably, the opposing votes still mattered. So if taking things to a vote was entirely a way of getting on the community's good side, it worked on at least one person. The T-Shirt thing is a bit silly though :razz:

     

    I think what people are really meaning to say is that Jagex already had plans to release the Wildy and Free Trade before they even put it to a vote. The outcome of this vote was fairly predictable, so that made this whole vote safe.

     

    Now if for some bizarre reason the vote hadn't favored bringing back these features, or even if it hadn't been such a decisive landslide, then yes of course Jagex would've reconsidered it, no matter if they had already begun working on the programming or not.

     

    But it was pretty obvious how this was going to play out, not to mention how the poll was implemented. It's like Jagex grinned and yelled,

     

    :thumbsup: "Who wants ice cream?" :thumbsup:

     

    It's a rhetorical question. Everyone wants ice cream, or at least in this case, 91% of everyone.

     

    Except two things:

     

    1. the vast majority of people on this planet are lactose-intolerant. So no, not *everybody* wants ice cream, and;

     

    2. inasmuch as it was a forgone conclusion that Jagex was going to bring back the Wildy regardless of the vote tally, we've no way, whatsoever, in knowing for certain that it was an actual "overwhelming majority" who wanted it.

     

    <_<

     

    Over 90% voted to bring it back, how much more of an overwhelming majority do you want?

    Oh, so you trust Jagex to give us an honest vote for a feature that they already planned to bring back regardless of the outcome of the vote? :unsure:

     

    Sweet!

     

    Say – I've got this RARE spinach roll for sale. It's worth 100M but I'll see it to you for only 1M. Ok? :shades:

    [/hide]

     

    Gosh, I didn't know it was possible, but I think you're even more cynical than I am. What you're implying is that Jagex committed fraud.

     

    [hide=cogablue]

     

     

    Haters gonna hate. People rant every time an update is released and this one is no different.

     

    #-o

     

    Yeah I mean you're right this update is exactly like every other update they've ever done in the game just another one in a long line of updates nothing at all stands out about this one no discussion value here let's just move on already gosh next week they'll twitter about something that'll get everyone in a huff and they'll quickly forget about this update as it fades away I mean can they even really call it an update since they're really just rolling back to something we already once had in the game so it's not like it's even "new" you know what I'm saying, buddy?

     

    Though obvious sarcasm, it is what will happen.

     

    All they have to do in the next update is make whips pink or move awkardly and poof. "What about free trade/old wildy? ".

    [/hide]

     

    Well, I respectively disagree.

     

    1) The removal of these features left lingering rants for quite some time, even beyond other updates like Summoning and HD. It was a big deal then, and it is a big deal now.

     

    2) The referendum is unprecedented. There's even a little countdown on the main page now to remind us when the updates will take effect, right next to the T-shirt sales.

     

    Will people move beyond this topic? Yes, eventually. The sky isn't falling. But don't make ignorant generalizations, and pretend that what is taking place right now is not important in the scope of history within the game.

     

    [hide=All_Is_Great]

    Why is it so important that it be called a publicity stunt?

     

    IMO, if that's the case, then good on JaGex for being smart and trying to make as much money as possible.

    Look at this this way, they make money, the players are happy, a win-win situation. Why all the hate? Is it that there's nothing else to hate on so you guys resort to calling them "liars" and this whole thing a "publicity stunt"?

     

    Why is it so important for you not to call it what it is? If it makes you happy then go with it. Hell, buy yourself a T-shirt, to remind yourself how YOU brought the Wilderness back. But where were you three years ago when we really needed you?

     

     

    Ok, but you're saying a publicity stunt is a bad thing, while I don't exactly think so.

     

    And also, 3 years ago I was actively argueing away in the Rants forum against those who thought removing FT/OW was a good thing. What were you doing?

    [/hide]

     

    Unfortunately, my memory is longer than my profile history (wtf Tip.It?), so I gave up on searching old threads. Me? I was standing in Fally Square, as pointless as it seemed, participating in the riots.

     

    The point is, why didn't Jagex listen three years ago? Ultimately, I voted yes, just like you. Your argument suggests that ends justify the means though. You don't care how it comes back, just as long as it does.

     

    I am cynical about the marketing ploy used. I don't believe that Jagex "has finally listened to its players," and I don't believe that Jagex has acquired a super-secret botkilling machine. After listening to Jagex defend anti-RWT updates for years, I am concerned about why they chose to play their ace-in-the-hole now. What are they generating hype for? Stellar Dawn's release? To spike ratings for ad revenue? Is Runescape in trouble? Have they merely changed their philosophy and just don't give a....

     

    Or are they admitting defeat and trying to save face by making this whole ordeal seem like it was our idea? I am interested in seeing a return of wildy/trade to the game. Hopefully, it wasn't a short-sighted decision on Jagex's part. At the very least, I can't help but roll my eyes at the all of the manufactured hype.


  14. Why is it so important that it be called a publicity stunt?

     

    IMO, if that's the case, then good on JaGex for being smart and trying to make as much money as possible.

    Look at this this way, they make money, the players are happy, a win-win situation. Why all the hate? Is it that there's nothing else to hate on so you guys resort to calling them "liars" and this whole thing a "publicity stunt"?

     

    Why is it so important for you not to call it what it is? If it makes you happy then go with it. Hell, buy yourself a T-shirt, to remind yourself how YOU brought the Wilderness back. But where were you three years ago when we really needed you?

     

    Haters gonna hate. People rant every time an update is released and this one is no different.

     

    #-o

     

    Yeah I mean you're right this update is exactly like every other update they've ever done in the game just another one in a long line of updates nothing at all stands out about this one no discussion value here let's just move on already gosh next week they'll twitter about something that'll get everyone in a huff and they'll quickly forget about this update as it fades away I mean can they even really call it an update since they're really just rolling back to something we already once had in the game so it's not like it's even "new" you know what I'm saying, buddy?


  15. OK, I give up, call it a publicity stunt if you will, along with all of the implied animosity that comes with that, but in my opinion even if they were 99% sure that the community would respond favorably, the opposing votes still mattered. So if taking things to a vote was entirely a way of getting on the community's good side, it worked on at least one person. The T-Shirt thing is a bit silly though :razz:

     

    I think what people are really meaning to say is that Jagex already had plans to release the Wildy and Free Trade before they even put it to a vote. The outcome of this vote was fairly predictable, so that made this whole vote safe.

     

    Now if for some bizarre reason the vote hadn't favored bringing back these features, or even if it hadn't been such a decisive landslide, then yes of course Jagex would've reconsidered it, no matter if they had already begun working on the programming or not.

     

    But it was pretty obvious how this was going to play out, not to mention how the poll was implemented. It's like Jagex grinned and yelled,

     

    :thumbsup: "Who wants ice cream?" :thumbsup:

     

    It's a rhetorical question. Everyone wants ice cream, or at least in this case, 91% of everyone.

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