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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:13PM Russell Clarke said

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You perform a thankless task - but thanks for doing it so well :)

I guess providing observations on a game is kind of like providing observations on a religion.

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:28PM (Unverified) said

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Aren't gamers just grand? :)

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:17PM Arkanaloth said

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No offense, but you couldn't pay me enough to do your job.. Very few things can kill a hobby faster than having to work at it. That said, Seraphina Brennan I salute you for having the flavor of crazy necessary to do what you do, be good at it and not grow to hate it.

/hats off

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:20PM Sethisto said

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You might want to hide your levels ;p Most hardcore aion players consider 1-30 a joke.

But I agree. The game is WAY too grindy. my max level was 32 and I just couldn't do it anymore. If this was an everquest 1 progression server, I would be all over it; but playing a modern game like Aion with a grind like that is something I'm not willing to do.

And It's pretty obvious from the countless posts/articles on aion that it doesn't get any better. I have friends to maxed characters out, literally spending a week of sitting on their ass per level at 45+. After that you grind money even harder.

It's your typical asian grindfest with pretty characters. Flight is added, but the fact that it's only really useful to farm aether and pvp in the abyss sort of kills the whole mechanic. I bought aion so I could fly and enjoy a more vertical experience in an mmo. All the old teasers and gameplay movies hinted at massive zones with ledges and quests scaling up huge cliffs that people would fly to. What I got was WoW with more grind.

It's not a terrible game, it's just not a game I'd be willing to dedicate myself to.

Lets pray guild wars 2 changes the asian mmo mold!

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:26PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Yeah, I probably should. (Especially as people already tried to find my level 17 character. Hint: It's not Seraphina. She's my public character. *winks*) But I think I need to be fair with my audience, and that's how far I've gotten in Aion personally.

Now I have friends who have gotten further, and I sometimes sit and watch them play, only to see that the activities that they do are pretty darn close to the stuff I do. XD PvP might make me change my mind... but I still don't know. We'll see. :)
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:29PM karnisov said

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well fansites are full of fanbois, so not suprising you got flamed. i think you write pretty well for the most part and are less biased than most.

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:45PM MrGutts said

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Amen to that. Also, didn't we the readers also down rank Aion?
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:46PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Yep. The readers did rank down Aion as well. It was the only thing the Staff/Readers agreed on. XD
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:58PM MrGutts said

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Yeah, trying to reason with them is like trying to reason with me or JP on Chumpions Online. :)
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 6:27PM (Unverified) said

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AION was also voted #2 in almost every other category only failing to top Runes of Magic. The story would be quite different without the Frogster push.
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:35PM ninjadan said

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I feel you--I was a reviewer for two years before I moved in to game development, and let me tell you: Until you write reviews professionally, you will never understand what it is to be a reviewer, and, until you work in the industry, you will never understand what it takes to get a game on the shelf.

I just stopped caring what people who don't invest any time to get the facts, think.

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:34PM (Unverified) said

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The problem with being a reviewer is that an opinion needs to be given, and opinions differ from person to person. That is a good thing, after all, you can ask another person about his opinion, and then hear his explanation why he has this opinion, allowing you to improve your own opinion.

However, trouble arises if one of either is not prepared to hear an opinion that's not (completely) the same as his or hers. Online people tend to be even more rude about such things, thinking the anonymity of the internet means they can act like little kids who know a few offensive words, but it is seen everywhere every day; politicians do exactly the same, maybe not with the same words, but with the same intentions and the same rock-solid confidence their opinion is the only true opinion, and everyone who doesn't think the same is a retard.

I suddenly remember a story about a columnist from the country I live in, the Netherlands. His name is Youp van 't Hek, and he writes a weekly column in a big newspaper here. Apparently, he receives hundreds of hatemails after every column he writes, and one day, he was so sick of it he started replying on every single one them, even asking several people if they would like to meet him in person, to discuss the matter with him. Naturally, he didn't hear any more of many of them, and the few that did want to meet, he described as 'sad people'.

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:47PM (Unverified) said

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You should go into Community Management. Those people are really good at getting hate mail ;)

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:48PM Stargrace said

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Thank you so much for posting this. I think a LOT of people have misconceptions about what goes into these type of jobs. I get the same thing over at Beckett, and I really appreciate you taking the time to write an article like this, and showing people just a very small glimpse of what goes into the work. Fantastic as always!

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:51PM ployer said

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Well regardless of what others think I think you do a bang up job =)

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:53PM Mr Angry said

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Yeah I moan about my job too, doesn't make it any easier!

Get back to work Brennan or I'll start posting feedback on Fallen Earth!!

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:57PM Seraphina Brennan said

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OH MY GOD I'M SO SORRY I'M GETTING BACK TO THE GAME WRITING!!!

I'LL NEVER CROSS YOU AGAIN, SIR! *cries and knows her place*

*runs back in, hugs Mr. Angry for being awesome, and then runs away again*
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Posted: Jan 8th 2010 2:24AM Russell Clarke said

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What train?

Ohhhhh!
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Posted: Jan 7th 2010 5:55PM (Unverified) said

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Darnit Sera, what is it I always say? Don't read the comments! (except this one).

Seriously though, Sera does a really amazing job. Having a thick skin is a requirement here and I often find myself smiling and nodding when people think they know what the job entails. Yes, that's right, I play games all day. That's it. *smile *nod*

Posted: Jan 7th 2010 6:22PM Cinnamoon said

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A "do not read the comments" policy might explain why Massively never posts retractions when statements of fact (not opinion) in their articles are in error. You know, like a real magazine. :p

Tbh it's a bit of a hard sell, to convince people you have a rough job. Despite what they say, most gamers would do your job for less -- many are doing the meat of what you're doing (posting editorials and playing crap games) all day long, for free already. :)
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