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Posted: Jul 24th 2009 5:36PM (Unverified) said

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I was jazzed about aion till I heard about the wing timer and kill 10 rats quests. Now it just sounds silly, and I agree until I did a little reading about in my enthusiasm I figured the game would built around flying, instead it uses flying as a gimmicky travel mechanic.
Playing a super hero sounds better every single day

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 6:14PM Macabre 13 said

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Yeah, because nothing sounds better than:

"For $15 a month plus the boxed game, your "super" hero can run around in some sweats, flip-flops, and a 'beater, but now if you want this spankin' new Gucciâ„¢ suit to really pimp out your hero, you gotta fork over another $10, and maybe another 5$ for some 'gators, $2 for some bling... $3 for some zing..."

Aion may not be perfect, but anything's better than gettin' porked by Cryptic...
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Posted: Jul 24th 2009 10:21PM mysecretid said

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Macabre,

That's at least two threads today you've hijacked for an anti-Cryptic rant. Take a breath, son; remember to take your meds. You're gonna sprain something.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2009 5:49PM (Unverified) said

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I have to say, I think you are being a tad bit unresonable in some cases. One of them being that, not just MMOs, pretty much all video games save a few do things that don't make a whole lot of sense when you apply our logic to it, simply because most gameplay mechanics are treated seperated from the world they take place in (As Tim Rogers from Insert Credit once wrote, when talking about Mother 3, it's kind of silly how in, for example, FFVII, you can sleep in an in for 70 consecutive days straight when a meator is gonna come crashing down on the planet in 30 days).

As for Aion, well, think of it this way: You just got your wings, therefore you aren't so used to them just yet so you wouldn't be able to use them for long periods right away anyway. Plus, if they let you fly any time like City of Heroes, it would fuck up the pacing of battle and statistics since flying is actually part of the gameplay as opposed to just a transportation method, which you seem to be arguing they should be and only be. Plus, you're a newly initiatied immortal, so you gotta work up the social ladder anyway :p.

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 6:01PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Yeah. Unreasonable is putting it lightly. Some of what I say has to be taken with some sarcasm added. Obviously none of these issues are going to stop me from playing these games. But, sometimes, some of this stuff, no matter how much you love it, just sounds silly.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2009 6:04PM (Unverified) said

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I like your first two points. I think LOTRO is taking steps in the right direction with legendary weapons. I feel like wielding a weapon that you're able to name and customize makes it feel more heroic and better made than anything magical you can simply acquire as-is, because its been with the player on so many adventures. The weapons are also a little less ridiculously glowy and magical, but that's just a style choice.

On your second point, I'm hoping this will be improved with time. I feel like MMO bosses have been getting better and more cinematic. The difference between walking into the boss room and 1) see the boss standing there for a half hour while you talk strategy and assignment and 2) see him look at his row of caged prisoners and eat one, would be huge. Hopefully the likes of Star Wars: TOR will raise the bar cinematically with the addition of voice-overs.

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 10:34PM (Unverified) said

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Give it time, and Blizzard will copy the weapon customization from LoTRO.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2009 6:22PM Macabre 13 said

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Here's one that always bothered me in WoW:

Apparently the flight master in Orgrimmar has absolutely no idea that a wee little town called Thunderbluff exists just over that ridge to the southwest... He needs me to use my trusty Chevrolegs to hike my ass over there and see the town for myself before he'll trust me with one of his lio... bat... scorp... flightamajig to fly on over... All this might not be so bad if the little rat bastard didn't just freakin' send my buddy on a flight to said town...

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 8:58PM myr said

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While I'd love to fly around 24/7 in Aion, I also realize that you'd be able to circumvent much of the game with that ability. Who cares about the 99% human Lepharist Revolutionaries when you can just fly out of their range? Why do Krall and Mau attacks matter when they absolutely cannot reach Sanctum/Pandaemonium no matter how hard they flap their arms? So NC made up a little lore to go with making flight a strategic decision. Aether powers your wings, and in areas where it's not concentrated, it takes all of your energy just to glide, much less fly upwards.

And yeah, the timer gets longer as you level up and get wing upgrades and whatnot. I don't think anyone would be an expert at it after just getting their wings, would they? But at level 40 with the wing upgrade alone, not even considering any gear boosts, your flight time is doubled to two minutes. Level 30 grants you 30 extra seconds (or 40 with the pre-order bonus).

Also, a little trick for avoiding fall damage - if you fold your wings, say, two seconds before your flight time expires, fall most of the way to the ground, then glide the rest of the way down, you shouldn't be hurt (or if you are it won't be very much).

Evilness I think is a tricky subject. In general, pre-encounter actions could definitely be improved. I thought WoW did a lot better with this than other games (particularly in Wrath, what with Kel'thuzad's taunting all through Naxx) but then again I can't say I've raided anywhere other than FFXI and WoW. But we should be seeing more random mobs slaughtering random NPCs, and whatever else makes evil people evil. Unless they aren't truly evil at the core (this can be argued about Illidan - he was probably more crazy and demented than straight evil. His only mistake was believing he could capture Tyrande's heart).

But on itemization? I agree entirely.

You shouldn't be getting magic or enchanted items until you hit endgame. And the swords with lightning bolts shooting out of them should be reserved for legendary+ type itemization. While I refuse to say that FFXI's itemization is good (it's horrible), I do think they've done pretty decently at keeping the epic looking things to a higher level. Although there are no cool particle effect weapons in that game at all... and many things you get at 50-60 (and a few as early as the 30's) are best-in-slot at 75... =/

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 9:40PM (Unverified) said

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I drink your mmo hate tears with a bag of Milano Cookies.

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 9:59PM Graill440 said

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Your simply admitting to eating........Milano cookies is crime enough........

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 10:04PM (Unverified) said

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Illidan with cookies!! @_@


I had a dream about that once ya know...and a very nice dream it was.

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 10:36PM (Unverified) said

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Why the hatin' on Milano cookies? They're about as good as you can get for non-soft-baked cookies.

Also, this article falls under the fridge logic trope.

Posted: Jul 25th 2009 3:49AM Nadril said

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Later on in Aion between flight time potions and the wings upgrades you can stay up for a good while. It is a lore reason for the flight anyways, even though I'm sure most don't care.

Also your flight recharges fast enough that if you run out of time mid air just hit glide again before you slam into the ground :).

Posted: Jul 25th 2009 3:25PM (Unverified) said

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yes, for that matter why that you killed the boss then he pops back up come to think of it maybe that why they just stand around Colin Seraphina Brennan.

they are immortal so they don't care? you just kill him and he pops back up like a punching bag.

Posted: Jul 27th 2009 7:20PM Jetflame3 said

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Are you kidding me?it sounds to me like your another one of the WoW players Who doesn't know the history or care to know well if your gonna complain about WoW's Story at least know it first! And seriously your complaining because Illidan Yells in the instance? What do you expect him to do? Run around Naked screaming "Look at me the all powerfull Illidan Stormrage! Fear my mighty power". and wipe the raid? I mean honestly these are weak points and if you don't like them. Don't play the game!

Posted: Jul 27th 2009 7:23PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Wow... you really took that way more seriously than you should have. It's partially a sarcastic piece, hence the humor tag.

Also, I love the lore of Warcraft and the only reason I used it is because it's the lore I know the best. All games seem to have this game problem, Illidan is far from the only person. Besides, Blizzard has certainly caught on. Look at how they really set up Arthas as the main villain for WotLK via his appearances in quests and how he constantly antagonizes the player.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 6:25PM Jetflame3 said

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Yea, I kinda Did sorry lol I was Pissed to start the day out so i kinda took my anger out on your blog I do like reading Anti-Aliased and I do every time you write it, and blizzard has brought the quality of their raids up quite a bit I wasn't a big fan of BC and WOTLK really makes up for it. Keep writin' though. I like the points you make on many games people give bad wraps too.

Posted: Jul 30th 2009 1:04AM (Unverified) said

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I gotta say, the one thing I really REALLY hate about a lot of MMOs is... Raids. Raids and instances. The stupidest, most boring, most immersion breaking idea a developer has ever had. I will not ever play WoW again, after trying so hard to like it only to find you really can't get anywhere without doing instances. Why not dungeons you can explore at will without 'leaving' the rest of the gameworld, where you can run across other people in them and form pick-up groups on the spot, where the dungeon is treated as just part of the gameworld whole? Ah, well, rant over. At least I'm enjoying instanceless Eve Online.

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