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Controversial Imagination Conversation or CIC (prenounced sick) for short

Dig deep into the basis of MMOs, controversial or not it needs to be discussed. Let the heads roll and the children cry its time to get CIC.

Author: FlyingSquid

When did we become critics?

Posted by FlyingSquid Monday February 25 2008 at 2:45AM
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Hey folks, figured it's time for the 3rd issue of CIC.  This issue pretty much keeps the indy MMO industry as a whole afloat or sinking like a rock.

To often I see random people posting about how this game is going to suck just from a screenshot or some type of news without seeing a video of the actual gameplay or know how the game will work.  Hype of a lot of inde companies get killed from these type of people that just spam the hell out of the voting features on various sites till they are satisfied with the score they have given it.

When the hell did we become critics?  What gives us the right to judge people's often life-time work as total crap just by these factors?  I wasn't aware that we all graduated from "how to design/program an MMO" class. 

I've seen enough, heard enough of this, when will people have respect for other people's work.  I know society as a whole went down the shit tube, but my god people have some respect.

So tell me, what gives you the right to put down an MMO based on its; Title, Screenshots, Graphics, Tidbit of news that barely describes how the game will play out, Team, IP, Publisher.

My personal favorite here at MMORPG is "Graphics suck, won't play"  well that's awesome, let's not give it a shot cause it has outdated graphics and because it has outdated graphics the gameplay must suck and the innovation must not be there because we need an AAA title for that!   Unless you can make 3d models in the same condition, you can just shut your mouth, go open up paint and draw your stick figures because that's all you will ever amount to.   It kills me inside to see these people just crush someones work, modeling takes extermely long hours, sometimes week to get one object perfected be it a weapon, monster, whatever.  I have so much respect for 3d modelers, I went through the course thought I'd like to do it but defiantly was not my cup of tea.  So for all you 3d modelers out there I bow to you.

Anyway drop me a line and tell me what you think and as always, let the heads roll and the children cry, see ya next week.

- FlyingSquid out

Nerf This!

Posted by FlyingSquid Thursday February 7 2008 at 7:57PM
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Well from the collection of comments from my last entry 9 out of 1 believe that a community can make or break an MMO.  So today I'll be talking about another touchy subject... the nerf.

To those of you who never heard of a nerf it's bascially making a certain function of the game inactive or dumbed down, the term nerf of coarse came popular from the SOE activity, starting with the original Everquest.  To many it's a sign of bad things to come, for some it's a good thing because it gives them an advantage of something else.

Though we all know MMOs need balance to opperate probably there are dos and donts when it comes to nerfs and normally it's always the "OMG NO YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT!" type of nerf.  Now of coarse there is three sides to this. 

First a player who is content with their class,profession,job w/e you wanna call it they could care less what happens to the other classes, cause of coarse it isn't going to affect them one way or another.  Possibly may make them stronger or some type of advantage that wasn't there before.  Secondly a player who invests their time in enjoying all the classes won't care as much about it because they can always play the others.  Lastly the player who is directly effected by this is the one that causes the uproar, hate and normally finds the cancel button pretty fast.

We all hate the term nerf or worse yet, when one is planned and coming we just waiting for it to hit the live servers *gulp*, but are they all necessary to keep the game balance?  Do you think it's just a developers way of cutting corners, throwing out half finished content or future upgrades they don't want to face?

The big question out of all of this, are nerfs the most common threat of canceling subscriptions other then lack of content or unintelligent game play?  That's a big question in its self as always I'm ready to share my opinion on the current issue at hand.

From my experience as a long time MMO player of various genres and game play tactics, nerfs are the most common reason why they leave the game for good or for a long period of time.  The biggest impact for me and yes I know how much this is beating a dead horse because it was well known as the most horrific change in an MMO in the history of time.  But yes the NGE in SWG was the reason why I quit and never returned to SWG no matter how much I still have a little love for the game.  Another good one was WoW when it came to end game and all that was left was raiding, I had enough I seen no point in continuing on, some people my like to endlessly raid the same dungeon over and over again but thats not my style, it was more like a part-time job and I didn't need it, it was ment to be played to get away from my job not the other way around.

Anyone as always, I ask you to post away on your thoughts, experiences, hatred, and concerns to the issue at hand.  Hope you enjoy the second edition of CIC.

Let the heads roll and the children cry.




Does the community of an MMO make or break the game?

Posted by FlyingSquid Tuesday February 5 2008 at 9:13PM
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Here we go for the first edition of CIC dealing and talking with the issue of a community, does it and can it make or break your decision on playing an MMO.  Can the childish screams of children spouting out noob, l337 or sexual references like theres no tomorrow, send you running for that logout button.  Can the meaningless babel of young male kids make a woman or in some cases a man cry for dear god as they obssessively follow and harass their "hot" female toon.  Can the actions of an adult who use these same childish schemes have the same effect?  Is an adult any better than a kid in the community if uses the same language and insults that are deemed as childish and out right rude?  Will we ever find that perfect haven when all players of an MMO community get along with each other?

Some rather tough questions to be answered here, and even if answered do we really know?  Are we really that one step closer to the truth of an MMO community?  Is what is good for one community of an MMO going to work for another?  I'll stop the questions at this point, think about these exact questions as you read through the rest of the first edition of CIC. 

One player to me personally can not ruin my chances of leaving an MMO, but a community has and will continue to do so.  If one player constantly follow me around, /tell You're a faggot, /tell You're a noob, /tell I'm uber 1337!!!111111, it doesn't change a thing for me.  This guy can say whatever he wants under the sun soon enough he will realize I'm not going to answer or give in to his childish games.

On the flip side a community can make me run like all hell to the nearest exit.  When you ask a question on global chat and instead of getting an answer you get a handful of people calling you a noob, fag, or the many other slander that is available to these fine specimen of humanity, it just gives you a sour taste to who you have to deal with down the long run of the game.

A great example to this theory is the game Dream of Mirrior Online or known as Domo.  Open Beta had one of the most sex craved and rudest bunch I've seen in any MMO.  I'd be enjoying the game the game for what it was a new fresh of breath air with an inventive twist on a somewhat FFXI job system, meanwhile these "children" (yep us adults that were acting this way fall under here as well, you know who you are) where spouting on about their best sex position which obviously many didn't know what the hell they were talking about or their best lay.  Does any find this appropriate in an MMO?  Sure it's differen't if you are talking to a group of friends about it, but to globally display this is just out right gave me a sour taste.  The worst of it was the devs did nothing to stop it, not a thing I awaiting many days after reporting this nonsense behavior and not one finger was laid to silence the bunch.  Well that was it for me even though I enjoyed the game I quickly logged out uninstalled and will never return.

I'm sure most of had many occurances with the same questions in the air.  Tell me your experiences with this issue, is it just me?  Am I the only one offended by this activity in an MMO?  The only one sane left in our society?  I leave you with the issue at hand, weather you flame, support or wish to answer all my questions go for it, I'd love to here from the community of MMORPG what they think.  Weekly I will be coming up with issues that I will break down, lay out and bash the hell out of the issue and then let you guys have at it.  Hope you enjoy the first edition of CIC may there be more.

Let the heads roll and the children cry.