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Gaming To Hell In A Handbasket

The trials, tribulations and musings of an MMO veteran trying to find the next holy grail.

Author: Strayfe

Target: Darkfall Online; Aventurine - Locked On, Ready... Aim... FIRE!

Posted by Strayfe Thursday March 5 2009 at 11:46AM
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Direct hit!

Fanboys scatter in all directions, hooting, hollaring and galumphing like a cavalcade of circus elephants, prodded along by circus clowns with sharp objects.

Strayfe is not nice.  Me no pull punches, me no kiss ass, oh community whose eyes are tainted by glasses of a rose color.

Let's face it.  Let's call a spade a spade.  Let's take things for what they are, shall we?

Darkfall Online is inarguably the worst MMO launch in the history of gaming.

I am sorry, Aventurine.  You do -not- call yourself a business, set a release date, and then release a game that wouldn't pass for an in-house Alpha test, much less a final release version.

... and then charge people to play it.

... and then, inexplicably, refuse to allow more than a hundred people to buy your Alpha per day, because your server cluster is an IBM ThinkPad which communicates with the rest of the world via smoke signals blown by a $4.99 desktop fan.

... and then ban people from your forums for pointing out that your game is an Alpha, running on an IBM ThinkPad which communicates with the rest of the world via smoke signals blown by a $4.99 desktop fan.

... and then shut down the forums entirely because your website runs off of a Texas Instruments graphing calculator, which communicates with the rest of the world via smoke signals blown by an old grandma with emphysema.

... and then leave your public relations to a guy with all the charisma and half the common sense of a table leg... who, incidentally, communicates with the rest of the world via lies, bullshit, and grunting noises which roughly translate to "money... GIMME... moneymoneygimmemoney"...

Nevertheless, despite the endless, ENDLESS problems with the release, humanity has disproven natural selection once again by offering up a set of people who seem to be willing to ignore the vast amount of issues inherent in Aventurine and the game itself.  These people continue to trumpet the virtues of Darkfall, determinedly ignoring all of the symptoms of failure, which have done everything but steal their lunch money and bang their mothers.

I am going to pause now for all the brilliant individuals to offer up their own versions of, "GAHUHHH STRAYFE I BET U HAVENT PLAYED THE GAME YET... U CANT SAY NUTHIN HAW HAW HOOGABOOGA"

Finished?

Right then.  I have not played the game, yet.  Let me tell you something, however, which should be pretty obvious to anyone with brains consisting of anything other than dark matter.  Darkfall Online could be the greatest game ever released.  It could do my dishes for me, single-handedly improve my sex life, spew billions of dollars out of my CD-RW drive, and make me as famous as Paris Hilton, Barack Obama and the guy from Frazier mixed together in a blender and ground out into a fine fame-paste for mass consumption.

There's just one tiny little problem.

AVENTURINE WILL NOT LET ME BUY THEIR FUCKING GAME.

All of you who are in the game, bravely taking it in the tailpipe while Aventurine brings the servers down every 30 seconds for "maintenance"?  The joke is on you guys.

I will admit that I was once interested in Darkfall Online.  The features presented were new, innovative, and I am always ready for full loot pvp that's not based in space.  I am still interested in the game itself, but for one minor detail.  Aventurine.

Aventurine is no business.  It's a loose conglomeration of halfwit Jezebels, randomly compiled from the bowels of business college dropouts, and collected in one place for an experiment in just how god-awful a game could be run and still garner interest.

Intelligent gamers... just say no to Aventurine.  MMO companies need to pay the price for their follies, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters.

 

MadnessRealm writes:

You sound like one of those who were banned from their forum....am I right?

1: The game server has barely any lag. The limited release is mostly to not oversaturate the game and especially newbie zone (which is already oversaturate)The website server though might be a IBM ThinkPad.

2: I doubt they yell money everywhere though....I mean take one of those huge companies (with a huge fan database) who release a game that has yet to be complete and sell them FFA for the full price. Now look at Aventurine who offers only limited release and extra free days for any inconvience caused by the maintenance.

3: The forum is supposed to be offline everytime during Order session so servers are able to control more people.

Though I do agree that Aventurine is definitively not the best company ever, they are taking care of the game and constantly improve it which is the best thing they can do for now. DarkFall failed at launch as much as AoC but if you check a bit, AoC is slowly getting better and better and obviously it will be the same with DarkFall.

Thu Mar 05 2009 12:11PM Report
Strayfe writes:

I wasn't banned from their forum.  I never even registered for it.  I was merely remarking on how low class it is to ban people from your forums for telling the truth. 

Thu Mar 05 2009 12:33PM Report
daarco writes:

Hard words, and you havent even tryed it. Its like those people screamed when Heath Ledger should play "The Joker".

Try the game, it will speal for itself. Thats all i can say.

Thu Mar 05 2009 12:44PM Report
DarkPony writes:

Hmm, aweful launch, but so friggin' what? Can you play a 'launch'? Can you eat one? Can you dress it up with lingerie and hump it? Nah ...

A launch doesn't say much at all about how a game turns out to be after the initial problems have been resolved.

AV is an indy company and publishing the game themselves ... one step at a time. If you can't live with that, don't touch the game and stop ranting. Others with more patience and understanding that things might go differently in the case of such a small company are havinga  great time so far, it seems.

Thu Mar 05 2009 12:53PM Report
MadnessRealm writes:

[I wasn't banned from their forum. I never even registered for it. I was merely remarking on how low class it is to ban people from your forums for telling the truth. ]

I actually must say that I would do the same thing (ban those trolls). Forum is made to talk about DF in a constructive way. If they just leave the unhappy trolls rolling, it will affect the community who is actually willing to play. Same goes for macro'ers anyway.
 

Thu Mar 05 2009 12:55PM Report
Sargoth writes:

O you big baby.  Clean up your mouth and go sulk in a corner.  So what if it's a bad launch.  You can express  your opinion by not giving them money for their game.  If you eventually give them money to play, then your just  a whiney little brat that got on mom's computer. 

Aww, they won't let the smacktard foul mouthed brat the chance to purchase and play their game.  Boo hoo. 

Go somewhere that cares, o wait, they banned you there too!

Thu Mar 05 2009 1:04PM Report
Mordrid writes:

Language was a bit over the top Strayfe, but I agree with most of your comments. I want to play DF honestly, but AV has ruined any respect I have for them as a company. They make SOE seem wonderful. The launch was just another example of how ill prepared and ill equiped AV is for running a MMO

Thu Mar 05 2009 2:42PM Report
Sparfunk writes:

id actually be happy if SoE bought them out, though perhaps that would be a bad thing, it would give them money to try another project /shudder

 

i used to be a massive fan, up untill about the 15th of jan this year, then they started making it glaringly obvious that they dont care about their customers, id hate to think what their ingame support is like, if there even is any.

 

meh, ill try it if a free trial comes out, but with current conversion rates, tax, and EVERYTHING ive seen related on the net, theres no way im forking out almost 50 quid for a digital download of this game

Thu Mar 05 2009 3:04PM Report
dcostello writes:

 @Dark Pony

1) Would you want to dress up the launch "in lingerie and hump it?"

2) Can you dress a game up in lingerie and hump it

3) Are these really weird questions that make people shiver and lock their doors at night?

   The answers to questions 1 and 2 are obviously "No."  Besides, why would you even write such a thing?

   The answer to question 3 is a undisputedly-but not surprisingly- "Yes."  If I ever have a daughter I will smash any computer she uses that has access to the internet.

Thu Mar 05 2009 3:07PM Report
sfraden writes:

Mmmm, Im having a great time playing it, it truly is everything its cracked up to be..  Yeah the launch was bad, yeah the purchase is hosed, but its all being fixed and its only been a WEEK. 

BTW: Not only was I able to get a pre-order, but today I just got another copy for my wife too, so I assure you, it CAN be done, if your patient and dont spam the billing servers with refreshes...

Thu Mar 05 2009 3:26PM Report
Divious writes:

Epic, Strayfe good post

Thu Mar 05 2009 3:55PM Report
stayontarget writes:

I see all the FallBot's are here and venting :D  such brave soliders they are. You can always count on the 10 peep's to chime in, defending the honor of DF.  Funny how the game cannot defend it's self ?

Thu Mar 05 2009 3:58PM Report
Evasia writes:

If you OP all spew this out becouse you could not buy this game then your as crap as aventurine is:p

But even tho i was a huge fan and still have a little hope it end all well i must agree on almost all you said and its even the TRUTH ALSO.

I have played for 9 weeks beta and when beta finish i made topic where i said im very dissapointed with this game and how aventurine handle all of this and communication with there fans.

For me the screwed it up im totally burned out again im not gonne buy the game ive not even tryed in last 5 days ill wait 2 months and see if they even improve a little but im affraid its tolate they just dont undertsand how they should doing things run a server billing communications with fans.

Tasos is an idiot he lies and decieves sorry is worse person for the job he is doing SACK TASOS NOW.

Thu Mar 05 2009 5:20PM Report
TenchiMuyo writes:

Launch sucked. Game so far as I've seen, from live streams and FRAPs? Gorgeous. The game is beautiful; and while they had some server errors in the beginning, everything seems to be quite fine now. They had a rough start; but they're a private business, and it was their first project. And it was a glorious success in my opinion.

I'm sure there was some point; where you started out on a project, and had a rough start on it. If you quit on it, then atleast Aventurine is better than you. If you kept with it, and got on even ground eventually, then you should know what Aventurine went through. If you failed miserably after; then again, atleast aventurine is doing better than you.

So really. Cut some slack. There's been times where WoW puts out a patch, then has to take the entire server down for hours; with an emergency team, to fix a huge bug of some sort.

It's a game release. They had some problems. Problems are gone now. Get over it; and either play the game, or don't. It's that simple.

Thu Mar 05 2009 7:33PM Report
Gruug writes:

DF's launch was botched. That is an understatement. What was botched was the fact that the company made such high promises and now they are barely able to cover half of them DF had potential as it is pitched but reality has proven that the game is not as advertised. Someone said the game is "gorgeous" as they were watching the streaming videos out there. Don't know which ones you were watching but what I saw looked more like something from about 2001 or there abouts. Will DF get any better? Maybe, but I won't be there to wait for it.

Thu Mar 05 2009 11:11PM Report
soap46 writes:

Brilliant post Strayfe.  Summed up all my thoughts in a witty way.

Fri Mar 06 2009 2:08AM Report
Evasia writes:

TechiMuyo omg talking about realistic few on whole AV endeavor.You eather totally blind or just a bad analyser.If you had follow AV over the years like me and experience it all, first for longtime follower on forums then for 9 weeks beta testing and then experience how they go live with game, its one big joke and no not excuse becouse there indie company.They had 8 years to prepare they have lied over and over again, they have seen alot in those years how they should not do business and learn how to launch a game, they did not they fucked it up.

They even maybe survive but this launch is still total failor for european players and game is not what they promise.

Look at latest news server go down and they have no controll over why and how long server will be down becouse the host just do maintenance and they even did not know that they had to excuse for it to players through forum.

They have said for years they have a perfect system agains hacks and games launches and hackes have almost fee reign:P

Bunch of amateurs:P

Fri Mar 06 2009 5:07AM Report
nileq writes:

Let me guess, you havent gotten the game yet?

I can only say god luck and have fun!

My "I got no candy meter" went off the chart..

Fri Mar 06 2009 5:07AM Report
MadnessRealm writes:

So many ignorants that don't understand a thing. Go back to play WoW carebears.

I don't understand why noobs keep blaming AV for a crap launch. They said it many times, they didn't expect so many players who wanted to try the game. Seriously if there wasn't so many players who wanted to play DarkFall, I'm pretty sure the launch would never have been so bad. Yes they underestimated their fan database and they probably looked at the forum to see about how many players would attemp to join the game but that was a misleading info. It's as simple as that.

Yeah there's a lot of bugs but at least you don't wait for a freaking month for the "monthly patch" for these bugs to be fixed as they are fixed as often as possible. Yeah players may  not be able to play as much as they would like but AV gives Free Days in extra to excuse themselves. Beside, players who payed already know that the game is far from being complete and they don't complain about it.

Same thing happened to AoC, players cried constantly like they are with DarkFall and yet AoC's database is slowly increasing and players are enjoying the game a lot. The same will happen with DarkFall.

So if you carebears can only do nothing but cry because AV did things differently, go back to WoW and stop crying.

Fri Mar 06 2009 5:39AM Report
Padre-Adamo writes:

Fantastic post. There are alot of gamers that simply DO NOT WANT to see the truth.

Fri Mar 06 2009 6:14AM Report
daltanious writes:

MadnessRealm (and somebody more)

please, leave out wow. Wow is about quality, fluiditiy, .... real living world with everything included, the best in everything (im 46 and have played a loooot of games in my life). Most complete world. IMO. Of course i do not deny to anybody that for HIM Pacman is the best game ever. Have not problem with this.

And I must admit, cartoony graphics prevented me for about a year to even start, but within days i started to really love game and that cartoony graphics.

But this does not prevent me to enjoy a lot also AoC (and no, at my age, tits are not main criteria for good game), War, Lotro, ... So would never cross my mind to send anyone to "go, play your Lotro".

About "WOW also had bad start...". Yes. 4 year ago. Does this mean that game that will be released in i.e. 2025 will have same alibi ... "but wow also had ...." to say we scr..up?

Fri Mar 06 2009 10:48AM Report
Xeronn writes:

amazing reactions...but i guess ...not so amazing considering most of them come from the wow crowd

 

I wanted to rant`a`lot here..but i wont...i`ll just say I`d rather play a game made by gamers for gamers then some huge fancy perfect-release crap like WoW

 

Seriously , blizzard is the worst thing that ever happened to MMO`s , and i`m eager to see more things breaking from that pattern

 

So what if it`s a poor launch? Is it the criteria by witch u decide if a game is worth it or not?

 

Maybe (hint)they are trying to do something different from world of bullcrap , and going at it alone with whatever resurces they have

 

/respect for that

 

In respects to AoC , well , in my book , the second i hear the word "instance" i lose all interest in that particular MMO , ...thus I`ll probably never try it

Sat Mar 21 2009 7:07AM Report
Xeronn writes:

amazing reactions...but i guess ...not so amazing considering most of them come from the wow crowd

 

I wanted to rant`a`lot here..but i wont...i`ll just say I`d rather play a game made by gamers for gamers then some huge fancy perfect-release crap like WoW

 

Seriously , blizzard is the worst thing that ever happened to MMO`s , and i`m eager to see more things breaking from that pattern

 

So what if it`s a poor launch? Is it the criteria by witch u decide if a game is worth it or not?

 

Maybe (hint)they are trying to do something different from world of bullcrap , and going at it alone with whatever resurces they have

 

/respect for that

 

In respects to AoC , well , in my book , the second i hear the word "instance" i lose all interest in that particular MMO , ...thus I`ll probably never try it

Sat Mar 21 2009 7:08AM Report
Xeronn writes:

amazing reactions...but i guess ...not so amazing considering most of them come from the wow crowd

 

I wanted to rant`a`lot here..but i wont...i`ll just say I`d rather play a game made by gamers for gamers then some huge fancy perfect-release crap like WoW

 

Seriously , blizzard is the worst thing that ever happened to MMO`s , and i`m eager to see more things breaking from that pattern

 

So what if it`s a poor launch? Is it the criteria by witch u decide if a game is worth it or not?

 

Maybe (hint)they are trying to do something different from world of bullcrap , and going at it alone with whatever resurces they have

 

/respect for that

 

In respects to AoC , well , in my book , the second i hear the word "instance" i lose all interest in that particular MMO , ...thus I`ll probably never try it

Sat Mar 21 2009 7:08AM Report

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