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Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 6:59PM Dranaerys said

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You forgot to mention in "My Aion" you can check your character's in-game mail and status of AH items, among other things. Awesome stuff.

Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 7:07PM DrewIW said

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Unfortunately there's currently a 3 hour queue to access the website.

;)

Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 7:14PM (Unverified) said

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Most informative website I have ever seen for a game. Server balance, class balance, in game mail, auction house, 3d character viewer....its all there and its awesome.

Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 8:00PM (Unverified) said

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Unfortunately, if you actually try all the functions and features on the website, more than a few lead to:


500 Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable
to complete your request.

Click here to return to the previous page


The "click here" part fails too (of course!), since apparently you're ejected from the site. Even attempting to a read a post periodically triggers the error. While these problems may eventually be fixed, or smooth out once the queued-up players stop hammering the forums, it's seems this too is not working smoothly for NCsoft.

Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 8:54PM TheJackman said

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Just in case anyone is wondering WoW just today release 3.2.2 and the servers are a hell on to play at the moment things crashing all over and lag does not let players loot much.... Why you ask?!! Well there are so much players returning to the game for give a new go at the old raid :D

Now on topic Aion website looks really nice its good they take a page of the WoWhead book and copy whatever they where doing sadly Aion does not allow any addons :(

Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 9:19PM (Unverified) said

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Jack said on 8:54PM 9-22-2009

Keep playing WoW. Don't play anything else.

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There. I fixed it for ya.
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Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 9:50PM (Unverified) said

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Wow take away any game art on the background and the pics and it looks and feels like yahoo.com or something LOLz. Too boring looking for such an epic game! At least WoWs site fits the game. This AION site looks too corporate now. WoW!

Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 5:21AM Dranaerys said

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I disagree, I prefer a crisp, clean interface over the cluttered mess that is WoWs site. I mena come on, theres a menu on the right, at the top, way too much clutter from a design point of view, it stresses me out.

Also, at least Aions site offers me some functionality other than reading community news and managing my account, Aion lets me check in game mail and AH stats, and the whole design is elegant and sleek. I love it.

What I dont love are the official forums, all those big thread icons and Social network icons in each post bloat the forums with too much empty space. The wow forums look better, much more compact. Hell, Aonsource forums look better. :P
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Posted: Sep 22nd 2009 11:50PM heartlessgamer said

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Just set of my anti-virus. Something fishy with the new Aion website. Anti-vir 2009 on Win XP 64bit.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 12:36PM Xii said

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Umm, isn't Antivirus 2009 malware? I wouldn't trust anything it says

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/uninstall-antivirus-2009
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 12:40AM Thac0 said

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It is indeed an awesome site. Easily the best game site ever. People will complian about anything.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 1:01AM (Unverified) said

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Awesome features yes, but it seriously lacks in the looks department. Does not please the eyes as much as most game sites. game might be epic awesome but it seems a little out of place. Kinda like how Nintendo's site looks now. very whitewashed and bland as hell. There are real estate sites that look edgier and more epic then nintendo's right now and that just makes me LOL. Too many sites are doing this and it is boring as hell.

And before you go complain about 'accessibility'....

if white is the only color 'accessible' to everyone that I fear humanity has gotten so bland to the point no wonder why WoW is the #1 MMO, Miley Cyrus sells more albums then awesome dj's like ATB and epic rock groups like Within Temptation, and the hottest movie this summer was a remake of an older movie. I shed a tear for those......
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 9:00AM Thac0 said

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I don't think it lack in the looks department at all. I think its very clean and easy to read/navigate. WHich makes f9inding and using its features much easier. It doesn't look at all like Nintendo's site either besides having a white background.

I'm not delving into the coding of the site but I don't think that they made any special concessions for "accessibility" for special needs people but it still can be used by blink people with a reader because its mostly CSS. The wite color has zero to do with this.

I have no Idea what you think is Edgy but that in my book usually means experimental and hard to understand and thats the last thing people want to have when the go looking for information about a game. They want to be able to go to a site and go straight to the content they are looking for not sit and try to hunt for something or try to figure out an obscure "edgy" navigation.

As someone with a degree in web design and works in the field i think that Aions site is still cluttered with information but is ten times better then other game sites with tons of flashing .gifs and images and hard to read text. It gives me faith in their game design to see their taste in web design.

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Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 2:23AM (Unverified) said

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No addons - Good! Lets have a game that takes a little skill again.

Screw damage meters that cause DPS characters to over aggro on raids trying to show off or spam how great they are, screw boss raid warnings and especially **** Omen and watching sliding bars rather than the game itself.

Ok, so keep GUI mods 'maybe' although the default one is just fine, but leave mods in WoW where they belong please.

I'd rather play and watch a game than a screen full of slide bars. So there :)

Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 10:48AM Cendres said

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lol ^_^ There is a place in the options menu to select UI themes, of course now it's set on default but it looks they do allow for UI reskins like LotrO, I look forwards to that!
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 4:22AM Meagen said

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Aion has launched!

Really? It's still listed under "upcoming MMOs". So is Fallen Earth *and* Champions Online.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2009 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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THAC0 said on 9:00AM 9-23-2009
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Dranaerys said on 5:21AM 9-23-2009


you must have boring tastes in web design. Look at Tibia or RuneScape's sites. They are simple games, but have very captivating sites with plenty of info and tools. Have a captivating site like those that that actually make it pleasing on the eyes to go to. makes you more excited about the game you're going to play. Imagine if aion took away the background image, and made its logo look like skype's web 2.0 logo. It would have an image crysis there.


I'm just saying this 'clean' interface standard is just making every site look the same and boring.. at least use something other then white, white, white. at least have some color and personality on your sites and not just sale old same old. This clean standard is taking sites personalities away

sci-fi channel had good programming before and an awesome purple hued site that looked futuristic and bad ass. Now they have syfy-and it looks like a tampon logo and site theme. They lost thier awesome edge and now are 2.0 'accessible' to the mainstream and all they have is b rated movies and they are not going to be focused on sci-fi anymore soley. I guess alot of sites designers need tampons.

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