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The Angry Guild Leader

I'm the guild leader, and I'm pissed. Read what possibly goes on in your guild leader's mind. I shoot the truth, and I shoot it straight. If you can't handle it, then My Little Pony Online is taking beta applications.

Author: Equilibrium_JW

The Fanbois who Destroy Games

Posted by Equilibrium_JW Thursday November 12 2009 at 2:27PM
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You know the type. Their name may be Azeyus, Rawry, Likin, Draknar. They are the trolls. The guys who live on forums, and if you dare say anything productive or contrary to what they believe, they call you a troll.

Reality check, a troll is someone who trolls the forums. Someone who lives there. Take a look in the mirror, I say. Unfortunately, these types can't but help be a douchebags.

How can you spot a troll, you might ask? If they call you one. Now, while that can go back and forth, the proof is in the pudding. If their post is nothing short of calling someone a troll with no real discourse, no proof, and no real substance, they are a troll. Nine times out of ten, they will be doing so in response to someone who actually did have a valid point and was a part of the discussion. But then, it's always easier just to click on their name and see that they have 2,874 posts calling people trolls. In a nutshell, trolls are those who will attempt to undervalue anyone's opinion, that actually has one, by calling them a troll, and they will do so with utterly no validation or proof of the accusation, but instead for reasons of emotional distress.

God forbid you make a decent post on the forums, these lowlife losers will latch on to you. They have entertainment now in mommy's dank dark basement. They will now follow every reply and post you make, because they take everything personal, as the forums are the only thing they hold dear. This is the only thing that they are good at, since they can hide behind a computer screen and no one has to see the fact that their fact looks like it caught fire and someone had to put it out with a fork.

You know the type, every time you bring up something that is wrong with a game, something you don't like, something that needs fixed, they cry and scream, "Go back to Wow, you nub!" When in reality, they are logging into wow 15 minutes after. Sadly, 80% of the people they say this to don't even play Wow, therefore it shows their obsession with the game.

If you'd like an example, you can visit the thread here. This is the perfect example of two yoyos who troll the forums all day long, and have the gaul to defend a game infested with bots and broken mechanics. You yourself can visit the official forums, and it's something like a ratio of 200 posts of complaints and issues to every 1 post by a blind fanboi. And yet, they still think that they can convince people that nothing is wrong with the game. It's almost like they are trying to recruit for the People's Temple after the massacre at Guyana.

The typical excuses you might here? Hell some of them are even in this thread, but they are typical of every sightless fanboi post:

"...a vast majority of Whiney ex-wow players wishing this game was wow..."

"If you cannot manage to get Y done (in spite or around failed mechanic), while X ... You fail."

"suck it up and deal with it"

"less QQ and more pew pew"

"This game, nor any game, cannot make EVERYONE happy."

"There WILL be growing pains."

"This game just came out. WoW has been out five years. Give it time."

While some of it may hold true, these comments and more are usually excuses for someone in denial.

You know you've seen it. You say ANYTHING in LFG in a game, especially Aion, and the idiots scream, " this isn't WoW, go back to wow." The funny thing? Most times someone didn't even bring up WoW. They did. These f*$&tards have such a love/hate obsession with the World of Warcraft, that they just can't get over it. How dare a large company actually make a decent game that appeals to the masses. I myself am tiring of Wow and the watering down that has commenced since Activision took over (something Blizzard vehemently denies), but these guys take the cake. They think about the game, or the hating of it, so much that every word out of their mouths is simply WoW.

But, I digress. My point is that these are the self righteous idiots who kill MMOs. They think that they know everything, when in fact, these are usually the types that 99.5% of the populace will disagree with. Most of their claim to enlightenment is never born of fact or in research, but pure egotism. Some may say this of me, but I read and I research, I voice my opinion, and I always listen. There is never anything wrong with someone voicing their opinion, no matter the view. But, oh, don't tell the Rawry and Yureina's of the world this. They will troll you to death with intellectual comments like, "You're stupid. GTFO."

Why do these pompous f@(&s kill MMOS? Because it seems that some of these companies actually listen to them, not only this but they chase good folks out. Folks who also have hard earned money to spend on an MMO. Conan DDR finger mashing is a good example. Due to the numerous conversations I've had with players, I am convinved that as great as AOC has become, if they were to go with standard buttons for combos and get rid of the finger DDR, they wouldn't be losing $23 million a quarter, they would be gaining it, because the rest of the game is great. Don't get me wrong, some people like it, and it's got a following. But, that following is estimated to be 80,000 subs. If that's what they want and don't want to be able to find groups, etc, that's great, but more subs = more money in the pockets of the devs and more people to play with. But if you bring this up, you are chastised and without mentioning the other MMO, you are accused of being from it. This is even though nearly every MMO in existence, except AOC uses buttons to cast their respective abilities directly. But, because Funcom is afraid of losing the small player base that it has (this is purely speculation, not fact) they wouldn't dare do this. Don't get me wrong, a game needs die-hard fans and players, but it's a business. Do you want 80,000 subs or 360,000?

The answer is always the same, no matter the MMO. "We don't want WoW idiots here. GTFO" Well, where in the hell do you think your subs are coming from? Odds are your MMO wasn't the savior everyone thought, no matter the game, to bring the subs in on its own. So, what makes you think your game is going to pull people out of thin air that World of Warcraft didn't already with word of mouth, a system developed over five years, and massive multi-million dollar advertising? The players have to come from somewhere, and with WoW having 10 million of the 17 million MMO players in exsitence, odds are at least half of the people trying your game will be coming from there.

My point being, these are the fanbois. They are blind to every single problem with a game, just because it isn't WoW. At the moment, I am pointing the finger at Aion, but it happens with most.

Don't get me wrong, AOC is a great game now, but the same people blindly saying that Aion is the savior and that I am crazy are the SAME guys who were saying AOC was the savior. Lest I remind you, these are the same guys who left AOC within 60 days of release.

Currently Aion has so many problems, I don't even want to list them. Just read their official forums or see my posts here on that subject. The fact is, it's riddled with little or no support, lies about the product, bots, and broken systems. Yet, these fanbois throw tantrums claiming the game is perfect and that we are just wanting a wow clone (which is ironic, because that's what Aion is, though they will deny it until their dying breath). They have even gone so far as to defend bots (see Deathx posts on the official Aion forums). So these self righteous assholes chase everyone out of a game and then wonder why everyone left and why the game and company are both fail. It's because they bought everything the company sold them, they ate it like it was chocolate cake with Meagan Fox sprinkles, and they were the only ones left at the table at the end of the day.

The only games I have personally never observed this with are EQ2 and Vanguard. Otherwise, these monkey asses are in just about every game. They will cling to anything that isn't wow, close their eyes tightly and pray, all the time proclaiming to the world that the overlord of MMOs has arrived. Doing this all the time denying any issues or problems, when in fact, it's a broken attempt at design at best. What's worse? Aion has been out a year in another country. At least Vanguard and AOC had horrible early releases. Aion is a great game, it really is, but don't buy into the hype, boys and girls, it has a HUGE mountain to climb to become a viable MMO, and that's putting it very nicely.

Do I think Aion will recuperate and get better down the road? I would like to believe yes, but that's hard to say. We are talking about a game that's been out for a month and a half, and there are still no GMs within the game. WTF?

I hope Aion succeeds. It got a lot of things right that other MMOs didn't. However, there is a lot broken, especially when it comes to anyone working on this game in the US. It's nearly all done in Korea. At this rate, I believe that it is entirely possible for Aion to hit 1 million subs with a miracle update or patch, however, I think in the end, it will hover around 300,000 subs.

I'm not defending WoW. I'm not bashing all MMO companies. I'm simply stating that it is my belief that these trolls and fanbois do as much damage to an MMO as the misgivings or bad judgments of the developer.

Get out of our club. We like that we have to push up 17 times to spin backwards while holding the mouse upside down to harvest. We love bots and broken mechanics. We love anything that isn't WoW. We like our little club of 25,000 people.

Well, I have news for you. Companies don't design MMOs and spend upwards of $50 million to garner 25,000 subs.

The Problems of Aion #4: The Mail

Posted by Equilibrium_JW Monday November 9 2009 at 4:38PM
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Since Sebastian “Ayase” Streiffert states that the NCSoft crew will be looking to blogs, websites, and the like for information on how to improve the game, I have decided to start a new series. I want to make it clear that while this will focus on the bad in Aion, it is a great game, and I hope to see it succeed. There is a great deal of good in Aion, or I would not be playing it, nor wasting my time with this series.

Problem #4 ~ The Mail System

Some people might think I’m a bit wacky to be attacking something as simple as the mail system. Personally, I think this couldn’t be further from the truth, as it’s another system that NCSoft has overlooked. Not only was it overlooked, it is now being used to punish players for the actions of Gold Sellers, just as nearly every other aspect of the game is.

First, I’ll just get down to the basics. Operability. Or perhaps, lack thereof. The system just functions horribly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of express mail. As far as I’m concerned, that was a homerun. The problems lies in the management of our mail. There are just too many clicks involved. A good example is deleting mail. Yes, I know that every time someone brings up WoW a kitten dies, but the fact is that they have a somewhat decent mail system. The same could be said of their auction house. What I find amusing is that Aion finally got it right with a lot of things that the other MMOs had been missing, but then they decided to reinvent the wheel on the systems that are actually quite solid in WoW.

A good example. In Wow when you receive a mail that contains an item, and you receive said attachment in your inventory, the mail will delete itself. At least if it’s coming from the auction house. Even still, it’s just another click to delete it. Within Aion you have to go through a myriad of clicks to get rid of your mail. Quite honestly, it’s a pain in the ass. Especially when it’s lacking a radio button for clicking multiple messages to delete at once.

Next we move on to items. At this time, you can only send one item at a time through the mail. Again, I thought that Wow had nearly perfected this with their system of allowing up to 12 items. Any time an MMO has a breakthrough, the others should copy it. I’m sorry. It’s like Ford coming out with a car that has square wheels. It’s assbackwards. Why is this a problem? Because you can now (if my count is correct) only send 10 items an hour to anyone. Why? Oh, because Gold Sellers use the mail system to send gold and items. Therefore, we should punish you. Which brings me to my next point.

Limiting mail? Give me a break. NCSoft has already punished folks by allowing botters in the game (yes, allowing, see forthcoming post), by limiting the auction house, limiting your bagspace, and now by limiting your mail. The problem? Why the hell can’t I send mail to myself? I mean, honestly, even if I were a gold seller, what would it hurt if I were sending things to my alts? They should have instituted this, but what should have been done would be that you can only send 10 mails to OTHER PLAYERS within an hour, however, you are free to send to your alts as much as you like. This would assist NCSoft in fixing their problem with the Chinese Mafia, yet not punish the players in doing so.

Will someone out there throw $60 million at me? Seriously. I’ll give you the MMO of MMOs, because apparently these companies have forgotten what it’s like to be a player, and it’s all about the dollar sign. All it takes is a little common sense, a knowledge of what people want, a story that people can identify with, an understanding of the mechanics, and the imagination. You throw me the bucks, I’ll give you the game. Until then, I guess I’ll have plenty of business complaining about the companies who can’t get it right.