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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 12:16PM stealthrider said

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Now if only Funcom would finally work their graphics-magic on AO.
Duke Nukem Forever will probably hit shelves before AO's engine update. That's kinda sad.

Posted: Mar 14th 2011 12:33PM exe973 said

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@stealthrider

Considering Duke Nukem Forever is being released in May, I'd say that's pretty much a definite.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 12:37PM Checksix said

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You're spot on saying that AoC is the best looking game in the MMO sphere. It's truly amazing.

Not even Rift, which is also a beautiful game, comes close to it.

Thanks, Jeff, for doing these AoC articles. Even though I don't play AoC any more I still dream about it as a "what could have been" game. These articles let me keep dreaming.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 1:00PM Lateris said

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This is not a flame at all- I tested the engine update for weeks in DX 10. I do appreciate the fact that there is a performance increase. I can see why this was needed so that AoC can reach more end users.

But- As an end user I would love to see improvements with this release on the graphical side for DX 10, god rays need improvements in the DX live version. It seems really toned down. In addition Bloom really does nothing when enabled. It is very slight There were versions on test that were beautiful in appearance. But not in performance. So I can see why decisions were made especial after the Q4 statement. To me this is just normal after shocks for AoC. I hope we can have the ability to tweek more settings for those of use with high end machines.

But make note- in chosain I can enable everything and not have performance issues like I did. Still a fan Craig!

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 1:11PM Dunraven said

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I simply love Age of Conan, Funcom has put so much effort into improving the game, however all of that is shot to hell due to the Abysmal community I have seen so many decent players quit due to the Asshat population...for the life of me I can' figure out why . Funcom refuses to offer any consequences for their behavior.

As much as the Secret world excites me it is an auto no buy because I know funcom will do nothing to keep others from being bullied, harassed and even stalked in the real world.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 4:40PM Lateris said

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@Dunraven I agree that there are some people who make posts out of sheer anger- its the same group. I have to wonder where the game would be if it were not for that group.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 7:53PM Checksix said

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@Dunraven

I second your comment. Truly the worst community I've ever delt with. Darkfall has a better community, and thats saying something.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 11:15PM abc6789 said

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@Dunraven

Funcom created this community because of the abysmal way the have mutiliated this game, and their "worst-of-breed" treatment of customers. The have created more "trolls" than anything else (of course they would lump in anyone with any constructive criticism as trolls).

Put simply they are horrible custodians of what could have been the most popular MMO in history.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 11:39AM Lateris said

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SOE and LA's did far worse than anything that one claims funcom has done. In comparison I don't really understand why the same members of the AoC community gets into such a flare up. In fact this producer is so reachable by social media and engages people like no other MMORPG I have ever played in the last 10 years.

I am looking forward to these articles. Best combat and art in any MMORPG game.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 1:35PM thedoommarine said

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Why you hating on Tryanny? You not man enough?

OR is it that Tryanny is almost dead and they need to move us all to other servers?

Any ways I don't see a huge graphical improvement but the lighting engine is amazing with the experimental settings.

Also the DX10 client seems to have the same performance for me as it did before at max settings. My 5870 has been running just fine.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 1:52PM Seffrid said

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When Massively overcomes its traditional American bias and includes the European servers in the poll I'll participate in it!

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:58PM Vagrant Zero said

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@Seffrid Some being a petulant child. Jeff's account is a NA one so of course he's only going to be able to roll on NA servers.

Unless you want to do something constructive for a change and give him your EU account. What's that? No you say?

Then shut your pie-hole.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 5:14PM paterah said

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@Vagrant Zero Afaik you can roll on any server at any moment, there are no EU and NA accounts, all the servers are simply there with any account.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2011 11:25PM Vagrant Zero said

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@paterah Didn't know that thanks.

Still wouldn't be ideal for someone say based in the West Coast to be jumping onto European servers though I imagine, especially not for pvp.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 1:59PM Seffrid said

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Just to clarify my last point. Whether its competions or game choices, European followers of the site are always denied participation.

Surely there must be someone at Massively who could take part in such an exercise on a European server, for example, just once in a while?

It gives a very biased report otherwise, as the server communities are often very different between the regions, especially when there are official European role-playing servers when there aren't any official American role-playing ones (again for reasons I don't fathom and very much regret).

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:58PM Dril said

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@Seffrid

While I'll happily hate on Americans all day long, it's kinda st00pid to demand they do something here, because:

a) the writer of the column is American, so he probably wants to play on a server where he'll, you know, see people.
b) they really don't need two people to cover a game for regional differences because, by and large, there's isn't all that much in it.
c) AOL is, you know, America Online. Seed isn't available for WoWinsider readers after a year of it being announced, so don't hold your breath for equality.
d) apart from WoW, we're usually the minority market. It normally isn't economically sensible to give us privileges.
e) even European developers (FunCom) favour the Americans; AoC was released earlier there than in Europe.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 4:10PM Jef Reahard said

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@Seffrid

I'm pretty much the only Massively staffer who plays/follows AoC. Shawn, Krystalle, MJ, and Brendan have played before, but three of those four are American and none are currently playing that I'm aware of.

I would like to stay in tune with the Euro community though, and I'll probably look at getting an account to roll on one of those servers (and as this choose-my-adventure thing will be going on for awhile, that will factor in at some point, just not this first one).

Are the official Euro forums pretty much the best place for keeping up or are there any other web communities that you recommend?
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 1:25AM Shadowhawke said

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“While I'll happily hate on Americans all day long,”

@Dril

Dril, you’re walking into this debate fairly biased with a remark like that, so you pretty much disqualify yourself. As an American citizen and gamer I will say stow it, nobody cares.


That being said, the Euro gamer market is nothing to sneeze at, and I do think it’s a bad move to release first Stateside like that. It makes more sense to release to all your target countries more or less at the same time, depending on technological or marketing hurdles.

While I think AoC is overall a great game, I must admit one of the things that pissed me off was the server segregation. As a longtime SOE Station gamer, I’m used to variety on my servers. In EQ it’s heavily American and Canadian, but I’ve had Danes in my guild. In SWG I got used to my old guild being at least half Aussie, so yes I was surprised and disappointed to find AoC chopped up regionally like this.

I inquired into transferring at least one toon to the Euro RP server, because what I saw of the community there on forums impressed me sufficiently to make the move, but of course we all know how that ended.

Don’t hate on the American gamers, we don’t make these calls either; save your ire for the companies making asinine decisions. We just want our game like anyone else.


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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 11:33AM Dril said

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@Shadowhawke

Oh get a fucking grip, it was said in jest.

Why not read what I wrote afterwards and you might put two and two together and see that I'm not taking the Euro side on this.

I won't hate on Americans all day long: I *will* hate on white knights and over-sensitive cretins.

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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 4:57PM Seffrid said

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@Vagrant Zero: You use language like that and call me a petulant child? Grow up.

@Dril: I realise Jef is an American and therefore playing the American version of the game on their servers. That's why I made the general point about Massively's American bias and said surely there's someone on the team who could cover the non-American angle on these games occasionally.

@Jef: Thanks for your response, and I appreciate the desire to stay in tune with the Euro community (it's more than just a European issue, of course, there are many players from all over the world who aren't American and don't play on US servers - not to mention a lot of Americans who prefer to play on European servers for various reasons). I'd recommend the official European forums so far as AoC is concerned.

My concern is simply that every time something comes up in the way of a competition, server choice, guild run or whatever there's a tendency always to present it as if all Massively's readers are Americans when that clearly is not the case. To recognise that with an "Apologies to those not playing on the US servers/eligible for this competition" etc within the original piece would go a long way to avoid the impression otherwise given that because the writer is an American the rather arrogant assumption is that everyone else must be too.

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