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...