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August 13, 2009

Stop Your Whining

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 9:31 pm

Rant mode enabled. If you’re not interested in hearing most of what I think its wrong with the attitude of people in this game, skip this read. This is by no means an attack on anybody, Order or Destruction. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about on pretty much every server I’ve played on. The blog just lends me an outlet.

The vast majority of people who play WAR all share one thing: hypochondriasis. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypochondriasis, also used to explain a tendency to overly complain, or complain about nonexistent problems) They complain, constantly, about anything and everything inside the game. Granted, mechanics wise this game deserves some serious criticism. However, those same flaws that are deserving of a critical eye have poisoned the attitude of too many subscribers. Three examples

1. Mythic “loves” Order

The Order favoritism bullshit is probably number one in my book. A short economy lesson will follow. EA Mythic is a business, therefore they are interested in practicing good business. Good business doesn’t have anything at all to do with alienating half of your customer base. There is absolutely no rational reason why the development team of a multi million dollar project would forcibly skew the balance one way or the other. Listen up, people. Mythic isn’t good at balance. That doesn’t mean they’re doing it on purpose.

2. He’s good, too good…

A skilled player playing an overpowered class (or any other class, actually) is automatically a hacker. No doubts, no second guesses. 90% of this playerbase will accuse someone they have never talked to of cheating only because they know a cheating program exists. Serious empshasis here. Stop it with the rampant accusations of cheatery and shenanigans, because it’s pretty pathetic. I’ve been in warbands where after a wipe the general consensus on the cause was “well you know like all of them are cheating, right?” There is no proof, there is no evidence, only that they killed you and you’re pretty pissed. Ranged classes, don’t complain that you get stunned and are pretty much dead by the time you’re free. I hear people saying, “If I can’t even play while he’s hitting me, it’s not a fight!” Guess what? If you’re a softie and that mdps class made it to you, the fight is over already. It’s their JOB to manipulate the situation in their favor, you have range and a plethora of CC to keep them at bay. (I’m looking at you, shammies and squiggies)

3. Organization beats your terrible pugs

6mans can easily and very thoroughly dismantle a run-of-the-mill pug. A widespread belief in WAR is that numbers > cooperation, every time. That belief has caused more of the cheating accusations and general stupidity that happens (I’m assuming) on both sides. Last week a coordinated group (read: 6) of Order wiped a hodge-podge of Destruction attempting the Temple of Ualalalaptpaa PQ in LotD. I do not exaggerate; the first reason offered was a steadfast declaration that they all cheated. No, it couldn’t have been the fact that a few of the warband members were dead due to not knowing how the second stage of the public quest works. Nor could it have been a serious level disadvantage because of the numerous 30’s present in the WB. You would have to be stupid to think that it was because the Order used assist trains and focused their healing, right?

Oh well. I’m not going to change any opinions with this post. It’s pretty much an exercise in therapy. I formally apologize to all of you, Order or Destruction, who have been falsely reported for using hacks because of the pretty well known graphics bug that shows you as flying on behalf of everyone who knows better. I also apologize to all the “elite” players immediately identified as a cheater because they are good. I realize that cheating does exist in this game, but damnit people, y’all are being pretty stupid.

August 12, 2009

Quick Update

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 5:14 am

With the guild switch up and everything going on, progress on the write up has been slow. I’ve currently got the Sun lair done and I’m partway through Stars. Still working!

August 8, 2009

Second Skin

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 5:54 pm

I’d highly reccommend anyone interested in more about MMO’s than just the carrot on a stick to watch this video. I interest myself in the phenomenon and culture behind online communities so it’s very good entertainment for me. I’ve actually been waiting to see this documentary for a year or two now, and was not disappointed.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/87648/second-skin

Be sure you watch it soon as it expires from Hulu in about 5 days!

On an unrelated note, I am still working on the LotD write up. I’m trying to make it as comprehensive as my capabilities will allow. It’s going to be a great post to start some consistent blogging again.

August 6, 2009

The Ninth Night

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 9:51 pm

Is a great guild, plain and simple.

I’ve been in TNN since Thokk was barely into T2, and it is with much sadness that I say it’s time for me to leave. I play WAR to have fun and for me, at least, more fun could be had elsewhere. I bid farewell to many stellar players in the ranks of TNN, here comes the roll call.

Huntler, for healing me better than anyone ever has

Afaa, you’re the best (only =]) Blackguard I’ve ever seen. Do I hear the baby crying?

Akyr… you were the father I pretended to never have

Dethkloc for always being content with second-best 😉

Hackinn, damn man did we make a sick duo back in the day. Good luck in the future

T… you know I always outdpsed you, right? Enjoy Aion man!

Tarrolla, you were here when I joined and you’re still here now that I’m leaving. I enjoyed all the time I spent with you, and wish you the best.

Dopa, mad respect for you man. Be blessed and be safe wherever you end up.

Dageoff, does your shield still make a face with the rest of your armor?

Xandou damnit this is why we can’t have nice things.

Zenos (Formerly Sedition) We never got to play together very much with your hiatus, but you were always a funny guy to be in vent with and made the channel a happier environment.

Izz, you’re the best Magus on the server and the most chill GM I’ve ever played under. Keep doing what you do, because it works.

That about wraps up this post. I’ll be joining Macabre, (much to the chagrin of Hallu =]) who’s leadership has been incredibly welcoming to myself and my close friends who are making the switch with me.

This by no means signifies an end to the blog or my subscription, it’s an homage to one of the great organizations I’ve been honored to be a part of in this game. I’ll be seeing everyone in game, vent, and tells.

Land of the Dead write up in the pipeline

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 8:39 am

I’m going to do a comprehensive examination of my normal experiences while in Land of the Dead. I can’t post it right now because I want to get a bunch of screenshots to accentuate the article. Should hit the blog in the next couple of days.

August 3, 2009

Coordination

Filed under: The Old Blog — Alex @ 4:36 pm

I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, no excuses there. Here’s a small attempt to make up for it though.

The coordination on Gorfang between Destruction alliances has been outstanding. Fantastic. Unbelievable. The integration of Ironfist and Gorfang was so smooth and painless that it didn’t even seem like there used to be two different communities. As noted on our server forums, a lot of that credit goes to Hallu (DoK) for immediately jumping on the communication bandwagon. SiN was also gracoius enough to welcome many Ironfist guilds into a new alliance formed at the time of the merger. This post serves to act as a thank you to all the Destro who in many cases most likely swallowed their pride and bit their tongues in an effort to conform to this newer, better server. Keep it up. Evidence of our unity was shown this weekend when we pushed all 9 zones, took a fort, and nearly took another. If Order really does outnumber Destruction it doesn’t matter anymore. This just got real, and now it’s time for a good fight.

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