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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 3:14PM (Unverified) said

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I see 2 tips?

Posted: Aug 26th 2009 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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wait sorry, I skiped to the tips and didnt realize you linked to the real list

Posted: Aug 26th 2009 3:59PM (Unverified) said

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A quick tip about costume creation- Subtlety will go far in making a costume rich and rewarding. As much fun as bold, duo-colored costumes might be- you start to realize that your mecha suit is looking kind of like a clown...

Posted: Aug 26th 2009 4:43PM (Unverified) said

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Also remember this game is NOT for us older folks (late 30's up) as it's a massive button mashing-a-thon.. if you value your fingers and them working as they should avoid this game.

Posted: Aug 26th 2009 5:11PM Evy said

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That's actually a really good tip. I've been suffering a lot of hand strain lately, and the last thing I need is a twitchy game. I'm starting to wonder if I'm developing carpal tunnel syndrome. :(
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 5:36PM aurickle said

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Honestly, I don't find CO to require much more button mashing than other MMO's.

I've heard that in earlier betas you had to keep activating your energy building power, but now it's a toggle unless you turn it off. In fact, there is a gameplay setting that lets you make it even less clicky by setting it to never toggle off -- even when you change targets.

The only time you really have to mash the keys is if you're held. That's still a far sight better than DDO where you are constantly clicking the mouse to attack.
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 6:16PM (Unverified) said

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I'm a sadly un-athletic 33 y/o gamer and the only finger trauma I had was in the wrist from playing the dang thing too much. In fact I seem to be surviving pretty well *ghasp* *horror* clicking my powers and mouse turning with forward mapped to my thumb button.
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 7:12PM Sente said

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I do not find Champions problematic in that area - controls are a bit different from other MMOs and combat is fast. But with the energy builder being a toggle it works quite well I think without too much mashing.

And I am in mid-40s, so I am also in the not that young crowd.
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 8:23PM Aganazer said

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Actually CO is much better than most MMOG's for hand strain.

I am 36 and a full time programmer. I've been dealing with RSI issues for over a decade. A Belkin n52t has saved me in the past, but this time its the X-Box controller. This is one of the few MMOG's that can be played with a controller like that. Its putting much less strain on my hands mainly because I have my hands in a position that is different from my normal mouse/keyboard.
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 11:12PM ZenJitsu said

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I agree with Aganazer; I switched to a 360 controller early on, and haven't looked back since. It's the first time I've used a controller for an MMO, and it plays nicely to CO's system. You won't leave the keyboard and mouse entirely, since there's still a lot of non-implemented tasks they haven't coded yet or are bugged for the controller, but easily 75% of my play is on the controller, and most of it is combat.

Either way, I can't recommend enough to switch to a controller; the only thing it doesn't do quite as well is with the free camera, which I can whip around with a mouse more easily for screenshots and such. Other than that, it's a hand/forearm saver.
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Posted: Aug 26th 2009 6:47PM (Unverified) said

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There is a lot of button mashing if you attempt PVP. You have to tap to get out of crowd control.

Posted: Aug 26th 2009 8:16PM (Unverified) said

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I think most of the 10 Tips are really good. 1 through 6 are must reads for new players.

I posted in another forum that one of my major complaints about Champions is the lack of information on their site. I know they are publishing more now, but I hope they take a page from Blizzard's book and make their website as detailed as worldofwarcraft.com.

It is nice when Blizzard announces a new Battleground, they also throw up a webpage with a map, info, some fiction, etc....

Also my friends and I started a new Podcast Dedicated to Champions Online. Check it out please @ www.slashcry.com It is a weekly podcast dedicated to Champions Online.

Posted: Sep 1st 2009 10:34AM (Unverified) said

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All those who are having wrist issues at whatever age, look at your posture and your wrist positioning. My piano teacher beat the proper wrist position into my wrists at 5 and I have never had a single RSI issue since. And if you think about the number of piano players that play into their 80s, you'll start to realize why. I often wonder why this isn't pushed more.

Back to the game, I look forward to trying it out.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2009 2:30PM (Unverified) said

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i thought the game played like a bad PC port of a console game... good to see this confirmed by ppl saying it is best played with a console controller.

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