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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 5:13PM wondersmith said

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I've had related thoughts concerning alien invasions. Given the staggering age of the universe, the average difference between us and any aliens who might notice us is millions of years. Wiping us out would be easier than pressing a button. (They've surely advanced beyond the need to press buttons.) Fortunately, we have nothing they could possibly want, so there's no reason to wipe us out. Alas, not so for our own rebelling robots, who presumably would be roughly as advanced as we humans.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 5:32PM RogueJedi86 said

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@wondersmith

We can only hope that the reason we've met none of these aliens is that they wiped themselves out long ago.

I always figured that the 150 million years of the dinosaurs delayed our evolution that much more, so we're at least 150 million years behind the curve of the rest of the galaxy, so any aliens that developed have had 150 million more years to rise, grow stagnant, and either wipe themselves or just fade to obscurity. Can you imagine where humanity will be in 150 million years? Hell, even 150,000 years from now seems far-fetched.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 7:08PM Deliverator said

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What if the aliens had dinosaurs first too?
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 5:36PM Borick said

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In order for robotic constructs to eliminate us, they'd first have to be more effective at outbreeding us in our environment.

You can't engineer efficiency in mechanical system at anything approaching the efficiency of natural selection. Refined metals don't produce themselves in vast quanties naturally.

If the robots ever take over, they'll have to borrow the tricks we biologicals use, in which case it becomes arguable whether they're robots at all.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:02PM Space Cobra said

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_Only_ wolves!?!?

Dude, the power could use a swap option; replace those wolves with an elephant or elephants. Maybe a whole group of Apes!

Inversely, a whole flock of Penguins would be nice (for my "The Penguin" homage character) or even fish....but to be realistic, they'd probably have to flop around on dry land...so that wouldn't be cool....

...Unless you gave an insta-reward that would change Beast Mastery into something like one-melee weapon combat on this scale!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJQp-q1Y1s

Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 8:03AM (Unverified) said

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 12:49PM Allegos said

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What game is that screenshot from? Are those just City of Heroes characters with really specific costume choices, or did my id manifest itself as a robot cowboy game while I slept?

Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 1:42PM Space Cobra said

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@Allegos

It's from Champions Online
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 12:51PM ApathyCurve said

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"is action-based combat going to be the next big thing in MMOs?"

Dear God I hope so. I've had all of the "push button to swing [object]" combat systems I can stomach.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 5:55PM Daemodand said

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The problem with action combat is it isn't as deep as hotkey combat. Action combat always comes down to button mashing the same 4-6 powers over and over. A hotkey system allows for many, many more skills. More importantly, it allows for socializing even during combat. Most action combat systems eliminate or limit socializing to one degree or another.

Posted: Mar 24th 2012 9:56AM corpusc said

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@Daemodand

10 weapon FPS games are light years ahead in terms of engaging your mind than the typical no skill hotbar whack-a-mole with thousands and thousands of items/abilities/spells.

but i guess you gotta think that way if you're still entertained by that kinda thing.
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Posted: Mar 24th 2012 4:10PM scfs123 said

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Dear Mr Massively,
What games would you say are the best for people who love dedicating almost all their game time to crafting/gathering?

Posted: Mar 28th 2012 3:35PM Hurbster said

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How do I change my email address that is linked to this account ?

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