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The Trionicus

Annihilating common sense one blog at a time.

Author: Trionicus

Diablo 3 Like a BOSS! I mean regular casual player

Posted by Trionicus Tuesday May 22 2012 at 10:15PM
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Hey guys! YES ALL 20 of you, it's nice to have this one sided conversation with you again. I know I haven't blogged in a little while but you know how it is Sex>Food>Play>Work>Blog?

I am playing D3 as you might be able to tell from the title, obvously not an mmorpg but close enough nowadays. I don't really have as much time to play as I would like, never the less I've managed to log 14hours on my shaman eer witch doctor.

Still very pissed about not having Lan, or even an offline single player mode. Very pissed, especially the first 2 days of release, greedy DRM freaks are messing with my gameplay time. 

Having a great time ingame, almost beat it at my casual pace, getting to know the details of the game, playing around with settings etc. It's been a while since I've co-oped a game with my gf or any of my friends IRL so it was fun to login and see a friend or 2 and play with'em a little.

Just finished the Belial fight in co-op, that was a bitch, and I'm only on normal. Can't wait to start doing hardcore or nightmare even. I'm not reading anything about the ending or the strategies or builds, just winging it. If this were an MMO, I'd already be at Elitist Jerks or somewhere on a training dummy crunching numbers. Well, maybe a few years ago, I'm not sure I have that level of commitment in me anymore, not for simple games.

I find Titans Quest to be more enjoyable in a lot of aspects, but by far the artwork and environments in D3 are a winner. Well, the classes could have been better, visually, even some of the animations and sounds get annoying but... getting older, trying to nit pick less, but very hard to since it's 2012 and weed is still illegal here.

Back to the game! Seems pretty smooth for a casual player, for more hardcore players, don't know, you'll have to let me know how your finding it.

 

Diablo 3

Posted by Trionicus Monday May 14 2012 at 11:22PM
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Just snatched my 2 copies of D3 + the soundtrack + the posters + the lanyard. The extras were for the first few customers, they only had about 2 or 3 lanyards, maybe the workers got to it first. I say this because I was the first one who bought the game in my store, saw them wheel out the cardboard setup, they have a name for product setup prop bullshit but I forgot what it's called.

Anywho installing now, see you all ingame!

Hittin' Up Wal-Mart Tonight :\

Posted by Trionicus Monday May 14 2012 at 9:25PM
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For my 12½ readers, I will be getting up @ 11:30pm, driving down to the demon-mart and purchasing 2 copies of D3 (1 for the gf). I will then proceed to berate myself for committing such an act of sellout-ISM and then hopefully see some of you online AND Hopefully there isn’t a weird lineup or the like and such because I’ll probably just drive my ass home, I’m not really into that whole hang around n stuff and things, unless I’m getting paid or if the crowd is awesome.

Actually I’m gonna pull the guy card, even if the crowd is cool I still won’t hang around unless there’s some good eye candy if ya know what I mean ;) *wink wink*. Uuh, that was weird, so anyway, just letting you guys know just how much I sold out, going for the midnight sale n shit :\

WAIT! I did that for WOTLK but I really didn’t mean to, I didn’t know it was going to be a real thing, I thought I’d just go grab a copy really quick before bedtime. Then BLAM! I’m looking at 200 people or so with tents and shit. Wasn’t a big deal though, got me some delicious vanilla cappuccino beverages and had a 15min wait before I was inside the store throwing my money away.

Ok, this blog is over. Time to eat a late night dinner, walk the dog, and argue whether or not psychic ninjas could beat half crocodile men.

The 2nd Time I've Sold Out

Posted by Trionicus Monday May 14 2012 at 1:46AM
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This is to my recollection the second time I had sold out my morals in order to play a game. I really want to completely boycott games that force online connections while in single player mode. I hate companies that do it, I hate spending money to support it but… gods damn I want to play D3 and I really like SC2.

I still hope blizzard execs die in such a horrible way that it has no choice but to be aired on 1000 ways to die. Even so, I really shouldn’t blame them for anything. Customers like myself make stupid choices and keep buying products we know to be “unhealthy” either for the industry or in general. Truly though, if the video game industry went down in flames tomorrow I would enjoy watching it happen, I would even pour some gasoline on it.

For now I’ll remain content to sell out my morals and waste my dough on the McDonald’s of the gaming world. Can’t just throw ANY old game at me and expect a loyal customer, I do have standards ya know, otherwise I would be playing SWTOR right now.   1.Something or whatever million subs my ass socket, I’m pretty sure they included beta testers in those numbers lol.

My somewhat random top 10 MMO feature list

Posted by Trionicus Sunday May 13 2012 at 12:51AM
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Before I start I just wanted to say that this list isn't in any special order and there are tons of things I'd also want in my ideal MMO that are not on the list. Lastly... I hate writing sober :\ here we go!

 

 

1.
Bring in the RPG
 
It is the age of the “MMO” where the emphasis is on just being able to play with a people, actions and decisions of player’s rarely if at all affect other players and they definitely don’t affect the environment, NPC’s, landscapes(Terrain, weather etc…) or the overall story. I would like to interact with my environment, including other players, in a meaningful way not just teaming up to raid or complete quests. This isn’t necessarily a “sandbox” only element; RPG’ness could be introduced into “theme park” games by simply increasing the number of available options. Increasing the number of fun activities, crafting options, housing generally all the things they already offer, just multiply them a few times. I do think it’s hard to have RPG elements without a degree of sandboxing but it’s doable, immersion isn’t specific to a genre.
 
2.
NPC Servants and Slaves
 
I don’t think slavery IRL is a good idea or morally acceptable but in an MMO… YES, ABSOLUETELY! All these NPC’s are standing around, virtually all of them are unkillable, most of them are unlikeable and since we haven’t invented true A.I. none of them have personalities. My point is, let’s start making them useful and help enhance our gameplay experience, enslave them! In most MMO’s I become decently wealthy, it’s much easier then in real life. Anyhow, bar giving away my gold or spending it on stuff I never actually want I’d love to buy some NPC slaves or hire servants, mercenaries, guards, whatever whoever, let’s just put them to work! How many times to you wish that your rank / heroic title came with some of the perks, like being able to just roll up on an NPC and start giving orders or getting special treatment.
 
3.
Permadeath
 
It is highly underrated and usually never done right but I’d like to see them get it right. Possibly mutilation could accompany this feature for the more brave of heart. It’s usually from 1 extreme to another, you die when your health hits 0 and that’s it, or the process is so difficult to achieve it’s never actually a threat. Somewhere in the middle of that lies the answer.. I suspect
 
4.
Animated Adult Entertainment
 
Seriously, you can get married in a ton of MMO’s but you can never get it on, then again, even if you could most MMO’s don’t have the polygon count for it. Personally I’d probably never get around to using this feature, I just go get my gf and get it on, but still I’d like to know it’s possible. Walking into a tavern and seeing a NPC bar wench or a player “romancing” another player would add to immersion, that and “real” alcohol effects. Your character is going at it in combat and BOOM! Your sword flies out of your hand because you’re wasted. Anyway this feature combined with request number 2 could really make for an morally deprived MMO setting… :D
 
5.
Travel Modes
 
Mostly we get a fantasy setting so I’ll start with that first. In fantasy we get mounts and magic. Player Airships are a super rarity, a functional blink is absent and teleporting is a pretty lame loading screen. The closest I’ve seen to a working teleport and decent flying / levitate is in City of Heroes and it left something to be desired. What I’d love to see are better teleporting abilities with more options and control, 1 and 2 way portals that can be made permanent but can also be dispelled. Levitating and flying are not options that can be used in combat if at all, so having that actually work would be cool. Different mounts are basically different skins on the same creature, it would be awesome for different mounts to be… different. Aion had wings but those were so limited and aerial combat was the same as underwater combat in other games, it wasn’t actually designed for the air. The trend here is that I’d just like to see more with more options. In sci-fi games my biggest gripe is the lack of surface to air to orbit to space travel. If you have spaceships in a game, you can bet your ass the ground portion of the game will be lacking, or vice versa, or worse both suck! I’d like to be able to hop inside my ship without becoming my ship, I’d like to walk around and press buttons, sit in the fancy captain’s chair tell my crew to beam up a special rock for study then fly the ship out of orbit into hyperspace and all without having to go into third person view of my ship. Is it too much to ask for a multi-passenger vehicle that doesn’t glue people into the seats but functions like an actual vehicle? Oh yea almost forgot, travelling between alternate planes of existence would be fun too!
 
6.
Combat
 
Tab targeting is taking a lot of heat, especially since the demo of GW2 but I don’t think tab or twitch makes much of a difference. Really you’re just substituting one set of redundancies for another. Either way combat from a 3rd person observer’s perspective skill looks just as lame, one set of characters beating on another set continuously, or some stun lock happens and you have a one-sided battle. A possible solution is to make parry, counterstrike / counterspell, evasion and grapple part of combat. Making them toggle or even passive combat maneuvers would add some fun to combat, even if it’s only visual and stat based. Mindlessly tapping my keyboard for hours is certainly getting old. Also, alternative combat scenarios would be cool, something like using rope and tying someone up in order to kidnap them, sounds fun right?
 
7.
Creation & Destruction
 
I just wanna be able to blow something up for real, and rebuild it if I choose. I’m not picky about it, I’ll take “building” stuff in the form of just having a few placement options. Give me 10 types of walls and I place the one I like wherever I like. Let me modify stuff that exists in the world, let me cut down a tree, let me use actual debris to psychically throw at someone instead of fake rocks / spaceship parts, yes that was a jab at swtor. Not really a complicated desire, I just wanna use my lego’s!
 
8.
More Animations
 
Maybe that’s the most expensive thing to add, it must be, otherwise so many of the animations wouldn’t be identical for different moves. I think it might add quite a bit to immersion because too few animations certainly take away from it. Every time you mount a creature or slash with your weapon or wave goodbye it looks identical. The best example is jump. Jump has to be the lamest ugliest, silliest, least useful, worse animated move in the history of MMO’s. In most MMO’s even IF jump is present it looks retarded, no, it looks atrocious! If someone would add some more animations and fix the major fail that is MMO jump we’d be on our way to at least liking what we see on screen, even if we’re too busy performing our rotations to enjoy it.
 
9.
Exploration & Weather Effects
 
Weather is hardly ever a factor in gameplay, most likely because things like exploration have been completely abandoned. I’m not talking about stepping in lava and taking damage, though that should not be forgotten though I’m not sure if people should just be allowed to walk through lava like that lol. It would be nice to have things like wind speed and snow / sleet affect radar and what not, again this only makes a little sense in a game that has a little exploration. Exploration could be a very fun activity, getting and finding equipment, rationing supplies, using a damn torch in a dark underground tomb, all things I would find entertaining. Just some general elements to make immersive environments, it would certainly make mounts a little more useful then most situations. Right now the primary function of a mount is to specifically get you from one quest or raid to another and back to town. I would enjoy riding my mount (properly animated) just looking for nothing, or something, just exploring, climbing a mountain range and using my horse as a pack mule, I dunno damn it!
 
10.
Customization
 
The last but not list on a long list of things that I decided to make a top 10 of, yep customization. I like to make my rich characters look fancy, at the very very least I don’t want to look like everyone else who has the same class as me. It would be great if I could get further customization, like my weapon and its abilities or the color of my horse or the length of my cape. I feel the more customization the better, this is highly dependent on the world / setting I’m playing in but at this point I just want more then 5 faces to choose from, and maybe some proportional body types, unlike, for instance, World of Warcraft.
 
I refuse to believe my very small list is outrageous and when MMO budgets start to exceed 200million dollars and comprise of hundreds of people I expect half of this list to be implemented. This isn’t even the hard stuff to figure out like, non-linear leveling aka no more fucking gear grind. I’m not even asking for player generated quests… or am I? Well, someone has a fancy chart with the progression of TV’s over the past years, I’d like MMO’s to progress at that rate too, but for now I’ll settle for a few new clothing items and a servant to dress me.
 

Just a Quicky

Posted by Trionicus Sunday May 6 2012 at 3:15AM
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I am now officially done with trying out EQ2 not that I had anything invested in it. This will mean that I have no in-game ties to the MMO community.

I was supposed to surrender my gamer badge if I wasn't satisfied with ME3 but I... was talking smack. I'm a gamer for life, but with no game to play lol actually not true, Skyrim!

Just wandering now, aimlessly. Time to start the process of uninstalling all the games I won't be playing anymore, fun.

Even though I like some of the elements of GW2 on paper, I don't think I'll even try it sadly. I've had enough button pressing, maybe a few months off is the best bet.

Simple Ass Game - aimless inner monologue blog

Posted by Trionicus Tuesday May 1 2012 at 12:31AM
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Word is that in the Diablo series, people have their characters planned to a science, but let’s be real, it’s a Hack N’ Slash. Exactly how complex can the gameplay be? Someone let me know if there’s more to it then smashing monsters repeatedly, you can do the same thing in Mu Online, but for free with much shittier graphics and less classes *scratches head*. So...  I'm still looking forward to D3, a game bought with the sole purpose to kill some time while I await Skyrim’s first expansion (*cough HURRY THE FUCK UP cough*) there are other options though.

I could play Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning, or something. I could buy a console and play Dragon’s Dogma or play one of those really highly rated games like Kingdom Hearts but I won’t, I’m a PC gamer for life, I wish PC gamers had a gang sign I could throw up. Actually KOA: Reckoning has a PC version, they just forgot to add jump to their vocabulary.

I don’t really feel like playing any games actually, I wouldn’t mind if R.A. Salvatore released the third Neverwinter series book early, like tomorrow, which isn’t happening, so in the meantime I’ll just build another computer or something.

I think I’m just looking for a simple ass game to play and kill time with on a daily basis except I don’t want to go back to WoW and stand around whatever the new Dalaran is, while I show off the new tier set that 90% of the population doesn’t have but will, in a few months.

Perhaps it’s time to focus inward and continue working out doing insanity with Shaun T, yes, focus on personal health and develop some kind of skill. Actually, I’d prefer to smoke a joint and go fishing but BP dumped a SHIT TON of corexit in the water, and for some reason the government wants to be in my business about what I do in my own personal time. Which leaves me with cigarettes, whiskey and… SWTOR? I MUST BE IN HELL!

Conclusion: I need more herb in my life and a fast track to two weeks in the future so I can zone out and play a simple ass game like D3 and then, maybe die in 30-40 years. Hopefully by then I won’t be too bitter about the fact that I never gained biological immortality or that I was never able to buy or steal an Asgard mothership.

No, seriously, anyone got a simple ass game I can play for 2 weeks while I wait for D3?

 

EDIT: Asgards don't have motherships do they?