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Hudson's Hideout

Ramblings of a MMO player and Miniature wargamer http://1angrygamer.blogspot.com

Author: pvthudson01

Aion: temper the hype machine

Posted by pvthudson01 Wednesday June 17 2009 at 11:17AM
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I don’t keep it a secret that this blog is very anti hype when it comes to new games. I generally do not like to cover them and if I do, I try to start a new blog so I don’t force info about a game that people generally may not care about.

Unlike some other blog writers, I tend to stay away from bandwagon jumps and let the calm settle in before trying out a new game. I have been bitten more times than I can count, only to have to wait 6 months or so for a game to get polished and actually be fun to play. Cases in point are Age of Conan, EQ2 (a mess at launch), Tabula Rasa and Warhammer On--- well never mind. Age of Conan and EQ2 only then. I hear Warhammer Online added more hotbars . GG Mythic. Keep those stunning 2004 updates rolling along.

So it has come to my attention that some bloggers are starting to ramp up hype for Aion, another MMO is the fantasy vein that features more quest hubs and graphics designed to make you forget you are playing a WoW clone. Some bloggers will like it

http://westkarana.com/index.php/2009/06/16/a-first-look-at-aion-the-tower-of-eternity

http://mmoquests.com/2009/06/17/aion-beta-impressions

others will pass it off as standard merchandise we have seen before

http://tobolds.blogspot.com/2009/06/aion-nda-dropped.html

Uber WoW guilds will conquer it, and some will just casually play it. Just be careful. I have played Lineage II and seen the darkside of games (READ http://hudshideout.com/blog/?p=21) that NC Soft purports to watch over and hold sway on. The scene in the end is never pretty. If the bots get automated and filter into this game, you can rest assured that virtually no action will be taken because NC Soft does not care.

All I can say is temper your hype with reality. In any case, I bet it outdoes Champions Online. CO was another game that I ALMOST fell for. I reeled it in though and have learned to hold off with a "wait and see" approach on that one.

Reading over some of the comments about Aion, one cannot help to notice that we have a few complaints tempered with a few "but its pretty!" posts as the only argument. Graphics do not make a game. I am not saying Aion will suck or that it will be awesome. Just remember that graphics ... do... not...make...a...game.

This has been a public service announcement.

dew0lfe writes:

I'm with you on this topic and Aion is no different from any other mmo out atm besides its fuuu fuu graphics.

Wed Jun 17 2009 11:37AM Report
madeux writes:

Graphics do not make a game, but they certainly help.  And in this case the graphics serve to highlight a new world with new lore.  Is that all the game offers?  Not even close.  It's just the first thing you notice, so it gets mentioned.

Wed Jun 17 2009 1:05PM Report
mcready writes:

Yeah it's a pretty game, but, it's a boring grind to get your wings (lvl 10). There is no diversity in skills between races, and you spend all your time pressing the same hotkeys over and over again.  But hey, You look pretty awesome doing it in this really pretty game. 

Tue Jul 14 2009 1:33PM Report

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