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Adam Tingle's Blog of Awesome

Rants and moans deemed unworthy for a word processor

Author: shakermaker0

Final Fantasy 14

Posted by shakermaker0 Thursday September 30 2010 at 8:38AM
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Like a large majority of the MMORPG community, I have been indulging in Square Enix's latest creation. What exactly are my thoughts? This is a game so uninviting, so hard to control, so user-unfriendly, and generally mean spirited. And yet...and yet there is something here, something possibly great and rubbish in equal measure. 

After creating my character I was thrust into the story line, blinking and rubbing my knees at the visuals and generally feeling my way around. The game feels like wading through hot fudge or some other substance, everything seems delayed and turgid. After giving up with the mouse/keyboard combo I switched to my Windows 360 pad and things got a little better. 

I can't explain the total confusion to my feelings of this game. One part of me hates and yet another loves it. Final Fantasy 14 seemingly wants you to dislike it, everything about it screams "my way or nothing" there is not even a simple nod to MMORPGs of the last decade and not even a whisper of anything WoW-like.

Does this mean it is great or bad? Infuriatingly I don't know. I want to scream and cry when the game doesn't do what I want, I want to murder when approaching the Macro system. Alternatively when I finish a Guildleve I want to jump for joy and tell everyone around me just how great this game is. 

I am a few days into the experience and as of yet I just simply don't understand how I feel about the game. As soon as I realise my true feelings I shall enlighten all. 

LOTRO Server Closures

Posted by shakermaker0 Thursday September 16 2010 at 8:17PM
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Like many scroungers and scavengers on the interweb, I have been indulging in Lord of the Rings Online for the past week.

While we wont get into any moans and gripes about the game, one thing is starting to get to me. As a subscriber of the game I have been acustomed to playing Middle-Earth in relative peace and comfort. Like an idle Shire folk I gently put in one or two hours every so often but since the free 2 play conversion, well its been hell.

New players on my lawn, newbies spilling out of pubs at all hours. Middle Earth is going to the metaphorical dogs. So without further ado, the point of this blog. Since the influx of new Middle Earth'ers Turbine have been shutting down the servers with reckless abandon.

There I am simply slaying spiders in Chetwood, trying to achieve a deed, gain a title, and chase those soon-to-be opiate like Turbine Points. All of the sudden and like a shot in the dark, a message appears on the screen "THE SERVER IS ABOUT TO CLOSE, FIND A SUITABLE PLACE TO LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY" well what was one to do? Before I could say "Huckle Berry Ferry" my screen had frozen, my level 11 Champion was engaged in an eternal battle with two spiders. What was I to do? 

And on goes my week, everytime I play a server closure looms close threatening to spoil my fun. Perhaps they see me coming? Who knows.

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