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Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 7:45PM Utakata said

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I don't know. It looks like the Irish version of the Burning Man to me. Other than one should not go to these while doing acid...I'm not sure how this or the pic would offend or horrify certain staff at Massively.

Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 9:20PM Utakata said

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PS: I have also noted that our ranking yellow stars have changed to green dots. I presume this was done for benefit of those who can't see as well?
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 7:59PM FriedYoda said

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The MMO model hasn't changed significantly since it was first introduced. It has been tweaked to keep up to date with the times with each new patch or generation of titles that comes out. Is it becoming an archaic Frankenstein or is it so damn solid that it is paving the way for the future of gaming?

Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 8:28PM jpkustra said

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Definitely a nipple there.

Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 10:09PM mechanicalturk said

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@jpkustra I can handle the nipple. That boil-like belly button is just disturbing.
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 10:22PM Cicadymn said

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Yopo! That kids about to get Yoooopooooo

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 12:02AM Germaximus said

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lol
Child Pornality!
You Lose! :)

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 2:51AM (Unverified) said

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Nice nipple, but the front action is somewhat disturbing...

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 5:06AM Averice said

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I share the same expression as that girl in white.

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 7:56AM JuliusSeizure said

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"Two very good reasons. First, if that option were made possible, the odds are that it would put the costs far beyond the realm of what most private server hosts can actually afford. Second, that opens the thorny legal problem of letting someone else profit off of a studio's game -- including a potential rival gamemaker who licensed the rights to try to split the audience. Neither of these options is terribly appealing to a company."

Third reason! Part of the popularity of private servers is the customised experience they offer, with players receiving benefits not granted on official servers. If the studio doesn't allow that, there's almost no reason for the private servers to exist. If they do, they're endorsing the devaluation of their game and lowering appeal of their own servers.

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 9:30AM Space Cobra said

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You know, maybe I am more "international" and "worldly" and genuinely curious about the world, but this pic does not bother me. I pretty much pegged it for what it is (street performers at a carnival).

I mean, there are other, worse pictures out on the net that'd disturb me more than this one. This ones so...."meh".

:p

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 10:34AM jpkustra said

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@Space Cobra Well, Mr. Bond. I think the reason it's creepy is because it's taken out of context and, at first glance, second glance and third glance, just looks creepy. I'm an open-minded mofo too.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2011 4:29PM Space Cobra said

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@jpkustra

Meh, I just see the guy wearing a wristwatch and being all "small-time" actor at a faire. The extra panty-house/lederhosen material put in slap-dashed around him with a girl hold part of a picture frame in the background while kids do Arts and Crafts projects. He's also trying to act like a creature; the gal in the background dressed as him is doing the same, but failing. It's just them trying to be a random traditional troll/goblin/Irish traditional mythical creature and getting into the act. Same way when you see "The Nutcracker" and during intermission, all the actors who play mice skurry about the audience in the Lobby.

:)

It's just providing a sense of "magic" and "other-worldiness" to people attending. Any local RenFaire or even certain displays in Contemporary Arts Museums does the same. I guess since I get the kind of emotion they target for kids attending (and some adults). Some shock artists use the same in their work to "shock" you, but its more for controversy or malicious attempt than what is here.

I know any pic can be taken out of context, especially when snapped at the right moment. I just figure out the logic behind because of my curiousness. :)
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Posted: Mar 4th 2011 12:35PM Vagrant Zero said

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I like how we're all commenting on the image instead of the post.

Carry on men, carry on. :p

Posted: Mar 4th 2011 8:23PM PiOmega said

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"why don't they license out the server code to let other people run the games legitimately"

Some do. Minions of Mirth is one. A few others I know of as well that have released server code for other players/companies to run. Why more don't is obvious, they want to make as much money as possible after the retail box price. But they have a right to do that, that's fine, and in no way legitimizes EMU's no matter the reason.


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