Before we go dip down too far, I am very, very pleased with Tamat right now. My overall excitement towards Aion has increased because of yesterday.
Thursday was a very hype-intensive day. Tamat had posted on Aion Source, which ultimately translated into “watch Friday.” I woke up yesterday at 12:30 AM to check out the news. Naturally, nothing was there so I drifted back to sleep. When I woke up again, the announcement for the magazine had stared at me. Hateful, loathing and cruel. Was this what Tamat was alluding to? Normally, I don’t rage, but this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The Magazine is effectively what Eye on the Community SHOULD be with a price tag. Normally, I think Massively’s community is wrong (Mostly because they’re always alluding to how Aion is the grindiest of grinders when it clearly isn’t), but they really hit the nail on the head this time around. Without having to read the post, here are perfectly good reasons not to have a magazine,
- Information about your game should not be a commodity. Behind-the-Scenes stuff translates to, “information about the next updates.” Whether they contain them or not, I’d be willing to wager that people jumped the gun just to get some hints. We’re already paying our monthly fee, thank you.
- There’s nothing they can tell me about being a Gladiator, or any class for that matter. I’ll eat my words when I’m proven wrong, but Aion is a relatively simple game.
- The magazine has the appearance of a money-grab. It’s hard enough to get friends into the game, and this magazine’s presence just made it that much harder.
- Again, Eye of the Community should handle all the players/guilds of the month deals.
That being said, I want that Kerubian hat and dyes are a good incentive for pre-ordering. To some degree, this magazine is demonstrating a curious transition from the obviously stupid $10 Valentine’s day package to a more palatable $4 per grab. Additionally, I better be named Player of the Month if I buy that bloody thing. As far as I can tell, I’m the last damn Aion blogger and I want my day in the sun.
For the next couple hours, I slapped on my QQ-glasses, raged to my legion mates and posted the link of the magazine just to gauge reactions from others. Before I deleted everything on my account, this happened.
If you followed those obvious underlined and bolded letters, you found this.
Really, it speaks for itself. Without resorting to blatant fanboyism, that link establishes that they were probably dealing with a really quiet NCsoft Korea. My theory is that NCsoft’s CM team was struggling to get something to sate the masses, but probably had to endure the tight-lipped overseas dev team.
The question is, where is Divinity’s reach?