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Hey guess what? This is a gamers blog, I know shocking! I also take part in vlogging which is like blogging but with a webcam. :)

Author: Cynthe

Asmodae Beta Begins tomorrow!

Posted by Cynthe Thursday June 18 2009 at 1:34PM
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Aion second closed beta starts on the 19th of June this Friday, I am excited to see the darker lands of Atreia and get more in depth testing with the quests and how they are written. The level cap this time around is only to 10 and not 20 because Ncsoft wants more focused feedback on the early content, we'll be allowed to 20 in the third closed beta. Here's the schedule:

Second Closed Beta Event starts Friday, June 19th (12:00 PM PT, 9:00 PM CEST, 8:00 PM BST) and ends Monday, June 22nd (12:00 PM PT, 9:00 PM CEST, 8:00 PM BST).


Upcoming Closed Beta Events

Closed Beta Event #3 - July 2-July 6
Focus: Asmodian levels 1-20

Closed Beta Event #4 - July 17-July 20
Focus: Elyos and Asmodian levels 1-25

Closed Beta Event #5 - July 31-August 3
Focus: TBD

Closed Beta Event #6 - August 14-August 17
Focus: TBD

The NDA has also officially been lifted (did we actually need one?) and so we can share our joys our pain and our screenshots from now on with the online world. The first test was a success and here's the things that were fixed and the things that will be focused on in the upcoming events:

- Updated with culturalized content for Asmodian levels 1-10
- Updated UI at login screen
- Localization fixes for various in game maps
- Fixed various NPC messages
- Initial zone channels increased from 4 to 10
- Server queue added

Coming Soon!

- Localized voice overs for cut scenes
- Localized tutorial videos
- In game pre-rendered movies
- More culturalized content for Asmodae
- Culturalized content for Elyos
- Community Events

From Aiononline.com

Vidcast 7: Aion beta weekend

Posted by Cynthe Wednesday June 10 2009 at 3:07PM
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Finally back from a month of no vlogs!! I had a few technical issues where my mic wouldn't work and then my webcam's software stopped detecting the camera... But all is well and I gained XP points in vidcasting. Also to note don't download the new Windows Live Movie Maker beta, while a bit more intuitive and petty the features are very limited and frustrating. Stick with Movie Maker!

This video is about my general thought on NCsoft's new MMO called Aion. Nothing that is said can't be found on any website where people played Aion, in fact there's less info just opinions. :P

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FF14 anounced at E3 and Square fans everywhere lose their minds.

Posted by Cynthe Thursday June 4 2009 at 1:19PM
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YESSSSSSSSSSS! As a long time Square fan, previously Squaresoft and now Square Enix, I am just as madly excited about this announcement as everyone in the SE sphere is. Maybe more so then the average because it has been a long 3 years for me in the MMO universe. Not one title has held my interest for as long and as well as the first final fantasy online, FF 11. The mmos that may have come close are Everquest 2 and Lord of the Rings Online but in the end both of those simply lack the magic that the Final Fantasy titles have for me .

I'm not sure what it is, from the character and armor design, robust party gameplay to great story telling there is just something about these games that I cannot replace with anything else. So while it may mystify gamers looking from the outside in that we're all losing our heads at a simple trailer, a title and a few scraps of information it is in our experience with Square that whatever it is that have in store for this new title will be made with quality in mind and will even introduce new mechanics and systems to the mmo world that has either not been seen yet or has not been done so well.

I've seen the comment that sequels are often not as great as the previous, however for one this isn't really a sequel more like a reinvention, it's true any Final Fantasy sequel is not as good as the first title. For example take FF10 and 10-2, the sequel was basically fan service (mostly girls) and lack the depth of the first.
Kingdom Hearts, enjoyed the first one but I still have never finished the second one, to me it just wasn't as compelling or maybe I'm just too old for that title now, not really sure. In contrast FF games in themselves while being similar to previous titles are never the same and always introduce something a little different or polish what was done before. This is the promise of FF14 Online to many, not so much that's yet another Final Fantasy but it that but much better then it was previously.

There is still so much more to find out about this brand new MMO and I look forwards to this new year with hope renewed for my online enjoyment. With Aion on the brink of release and FF14 coming after I no longer fear the wasteland of endless MMO hoping and wandering.

Peace at last! ^_^

Go to FFXIV's official site for the trailer and basic info: Final Fantasy XIV

Here's the transcript of yesterday's E3 Square Enix conference: Gamespot's Live Blog

The Zam network has some exclusiveQ&A: Zam! FF14 Q&A

IGN also has an exclusion interview: IGN Q&A