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Casual Thoughts from a Semi-Retired Philosopher

I play MMOs as an alternative to TV. Sometimes it even turns into quality time with the girlfriend. Most of the time it's a distraction from doing something productive or meaningful.

Author: Hluill

An Email to the Developers at TSW

Posted by Hluill Tuesday August 14 2012 at 4:32PM
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I wrote the following after finally working my way through the Savage Coast to the Blue Mountains.

 

Concerning The Secret World:

I knew I was going to have issues with the game.  I am an old soldier and a firearms instructor, so most modern-day media depicting firearms give me some issues.  Most of the time, I just grimace and move on.  The weapon-use animations in this game are mostly silly (like dual-wielding pistols, short-ranged ARs, hip shooting, etc.) but they are fun and I understand the context.  Then I started seeing some interesting weapon graphics...

I flinched at trading my Sigs in for Glocks, but then I hate Glocks.

I shake my head at how the grenade launchers are mounted on the ARs.

Then I see sniper rifles.  Then I see crew-served machine guns being carried like rifles.

Okay, so I try not to pay too close attention.

Then I travel to the Blue Mountains, to the Forward Operating Base by the southern entrance.  The scene is absolutely so ridiculous that I may quit the game.  I am embarrassed by how upset I am.  I am truly offended by the sheer ignorance  the scene displays.  With all the veterans running around, looking for work, no one thought to consult one for a little technical direction. 

I was debating on whether to renew my subscription or not.  Now it is seemly enough to make it not.  Apologies for my sensitivity.

Thanks for your time.

 

I have since reflected much about the scene and why it upset me so much.  And I still don't have an answer.  Part of me would love to dismiss it and keep playing.  Part of me wants to wait and see what kind of response I receive.  I received one quickly in game and it was cordial.  I do appreciate that.

I guess part of me is dissappointed.  Some much thought went into the lore of this game.  So the developers then display such blatant ignorance.  Well, I guess I am overly sensitive to such things...

Lithuanian writes: Good email...but I highly doubt if any company would ask any expert in firearms about animations and realism. Most users want show:Lara Croft-style dual wielding weapons, easy to carry machine gun or sniper rifle anyone could pick up and hit like a pro :( Wed Aug 15 2012 2:30PM Report
Hluill writes:

Well, my solution to the weapon's graphics is to equip abilities that don't kill my immersion, too much.  I actually put the claws away and went with a blade, re-equipped my old M4 and am saving my tokens for weapon moulds.  I respect a game that let's me do that.

The wonky combat perimeter in the Blue Mountains still gets on my nerves.  I still find it disrepectful and such, but I don't have to hang out there.  And Isisblue from Funcom has answered my emails with sincerity.

Thu Aug 16 2012 1:33PM Report

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