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Aiee, I’m burning out.

I’m burning out a bit on MMOs in general. Aion 1.9 is taking too long to get here and the process for preparing for it has been a task filled with subtle dissapointments. I want to run forts, but my gear isn’t good enough for hard-mode. I want to run DP, but it takes too damn long to get a group together. At the same time, I know every other MMO, realistically, has the same tactile feel. If I go to WoW, I’m still going to be looking for gear. If I go to Guild Wars, I’ll probably be running with heroes exclusively. If I venture to X game, I will still be using the same button layout.

I blame Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV hype for this burnout. I was reminded of how fun fighters were in the last week and subsequently damaged my hunger for MMOs.

That being said, I stumbled upon the new Going Rogue expansion for City of Heroes/Villains. Upon gazing at it, I recalled that I actually own one CoV account and one CoH/CoV hybrid. To be fair, my infatuation for that game was strong, but I remember trying to play it on Linux a while back and failing in the process because a new issue had just come out. How desperate I was to see if Linux to render the game faster than it would on Windows. A year later or so, I’m considering playing the game again just to prep up for the expansion, which finally does factions the right way by making them changeable structures rather than grave character choices. The more I think about it, the more exciting it seems. At long last, the player-pool converges, and I want to be in the middle of that.

Okay, maybe I’m not so burnt out. Really, Aion is kicking my ass again. Not necessarily blaming the game, because it’s designed to be arduous and specifically challenging to those of harder stuff, but it’s difficult to write about something that doesn’t have a tremendous amount of accessibility. On a side note, like the new forums, but they were a long time coming.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Aion

 

When the 1.9 patchnotes got spoiled, I didn’t have time to blog. Very rarely does Aion get a rise in enthusiasm, and like a huge, gnarly wave, I had to ride it and neglect the blog.

Now, we’re back to normal. People are sobering from the wild, maddened frenzy of excitement and returning to their old, sour ways.  Myself included.

Brigadier Indratu is an ass, mostly because it creates two separate groups if you fail it the first time: those who have the free teleport and those who don’t. Most people are under the impression that you can do Indratu Legion and Brigadier in one stroke, and yes, you can, but not if you have people who failed Brig with another party. Bad design? God, it’s horrible. but when my group beats it, it’ll be a great victory. I would prefer it to be easier, but it’s not game breaking. The entire campaign quest system is a big monster of really strange inconveniences.

So, what do you do now in Aion? As stupid as this might sound, grinding more would be a good idea. Money is going to be worth more in the future, and the immediate need for various stigmas and items still trumps the expectations of the future. If you have a lot of money, definitely be on the lookout for deals on good AS-less shells for the combine system.

Anyway, I did a few short… image… comic… crap things. They’re pretty terrible, but eh, better than nothing.

OMG NCSOFT SUCKS

"Plans for Sanctum." - Remember when that map was upside down? XD

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in Aion

 

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Yesterday’s Rollercoaster – Aion Official Magazine/Eye on the Community

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,

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Good god.

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?

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in Aion

 

Phishing on its face.

You thought that guy ganking you was an asshole?

I knew about phishing a while back, but the email finally snuck into my main box. Frankly, I fucked up on this one. I actually clicked on the link. Chrome TOTALLY saved my ass with a last minute reminder that I wasn’t going where I thought I was. So now I’m here, password intact and a phishing scam wiser.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, why doesn’t NCsoft find these guys and put them into the ground? They probably are, but remember, the law on the internet moves slow. You wonder why they started that stupid safety campaign a while back? It’s because preventative measures save support from having to hound down your account because you forgot to apply internet-common sense.

So yeah, if you see this, don’t do what I did and check your Aion login first, then if its changed, go to support directly through their site and submit a ticket. Yeah, yeah, I know, “NCsoft doesn’t care, bawwwww,” but seriously, my legionmate got hacked and he got everything back. Just takes a week and a half for them to sift through their protocol and whatnot.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2010 in Aion

 

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This is pretty much I do all day.

"YEAAAAAAAARRGGHHH" - Tough Voice.

I’m trying to adjust to my new wacom setup. Basically, have my drawing area mapped to be equal to the amount of the real estate on my screen to have more controlled strokes, but I can’t touch my pen to the edges of my monitor. To compensate, I mapped one of my pen buttons to “switch to mouse mode” which allows me to move across the screen at MACH 10. It’s a bit frustrating switching between the two modes as of right now, but it definitely is an alternative to buying a bigger pad.

Depending on how much time I have, I might be able to get a style down. For now, this blog will probably have random splurges of poorly drawn animu.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2010 in Aion

 

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My response to Elyos of Gorgos.

If the community is THAT hungry for a webcomic, maybe it's time I get serious about making one.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2010 in Aion

 

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Aion, the Community

Okay, so I said two posts ago that I wouldn’t read comments any more. Of course, then I turned around and read today’s Eye on the Community and subsequently scrolled down. What’s there? I simplified it.

You never have to read Aiononline ever again.

On a serious note, I understand where the rage is coming from. I would like changes and fixes no matter what the cost, and I’m sure there are plenty of people with legitimate gripes about how this game is being handled. There are very few times where I have enjoyed a Community Address, because I have no need to change my gender, name or legion title. The list goes on and on, and as a result I did quit for a month without making a stupid racket on the comments.

Eye on the Community is an article that searches out the sub-community and displays it. It is not an article that expresses the views of the players, nor should it. Whether the vocal comment quitting crowd likes it or not, it’s there for those who do appreciate research being done for them. I can guarantee that nobody will be satisfied with,

“In this week’s Eye on the Community, NCSoft sucks dick yet again for not fixing (insert issues here).”

Still, Tamat’s use of a fictional Shugo as today’s letter was a pretty hilarious troll. No doubt that was the final straw for many-a-Aion-Subscriber. If I was in such a position, I would’ve at least included a real letter.

On a side note, I’m considering finding a way to get on that page, but the content on this site is not ‘fun’ enough (See lack of drawings). I should probably get back to doodling.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2010 in Aion

 

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