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  1. And I thought WoW's Ghostcrawler was an asshole. Seeing this is just appalling. And quite frankly I am definitely glad I'm never returning to Turbine's games anytime soon. Especially given their games run on old software that the new OS's don't much care for. Banning an entire site for 1 or 2 people breaking an NDA, that is uncalled for scorched earth behavior. Turbine, much like Blizzard, are on their way out. They are ticking off too many players to remain viable in the mmo market. Me, I will be over here in Final Fantasy XIV where the developers and cm's treat their players like fellow human beings.
  2. I am one of the players who owns a kinship house, and even a deluxe house and has 3 dummy accounts for 3 standard houses for alts from when I played. I tried returning to the game. What I found when I came back with a better computer than when I left, was extreme performance issues that were not there when I left. By this I mean I could run along the road on my mount, and see the server warp me backwards as I traveled because apparently it can't keep up with my system or connection. I had also found I had been banned from the official forums without reason since the year I left (And they unbanned me, and confirmed there was 0 reasoning behind the ban). I have since moved to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It is getting a much much better housing system than lotro (though the initial housing launch will be 1 neighborhood template and limited to free company homes (guilds) and will expand over time to encompass 2 more templates and open up personal homes). Overall the game has me engrossed way more than lotro could. And my homes in lotro were paid till November. Since the game move, I've no reason to return to a game that I feel as gone down, and pardon my language here, the shitters in quality. And their permanently banning innocent people who hadn't posted on their forums for over a year just did not sit well with me. So I am no inclined to give companies that do that type of stuff my support.
  3. I found just a company. Square Enix. Their Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn comes out the 27th. Their developers will be playing on the same servers their customers are and they have outstanding communication with their customers. Yoshi declared if it ever came down to taking it F2P, he'd sooner see it shut down. And just from what I've experienced in Beta Phase 3 and 4, the game is very polished now. Early access for preorder people begins the 24th on to launch day.
  4. There's been a whole slew of new information released with a Q&A. Here's some of the goodies: Q: Will we ever be able to transfer item/gil between characters on the same account and World? A: We currently have no plans to implement this feature do to various reason such as preventing RMT from abusing the feature. Q: What features will we be able to change in the barber shop? A: You will be able to change your character’s hairstyle, hair color, eye color, face paint, color of the face paint, and beard. We currently plan to release the barber shop feature in patch 2.1 (initial patch), so please don't stress too much when creating your character! Q: When will be able to obtain the new “heat resistant” gear? A: The new “heat resistant” gear will be available during one of the seasonal events called the “Moonfire Faire.” The seasonal event should be introduced around a week after launch. Please note that the heat resistant gear will be swimsuits! (Enclosing a pic of my char from the creator that is wearing it) Q: Please tell us what kind of bosses and mechanics are waiting for us in the Great Labyrinth of Bahamut and the Crystal Tower. Will primal equipment be necessary? A: As there are most likely newcomers watching, let me explain simply to start off. The Great Labyrinth of Bahamut will be the hardest content at the start of ARR for a while. It will contain a lot of things such as what happened after the Seventh Umbral event. While I can’t really say too much about the mechanics, there will bosses that can only be defeated by performing certain actions and that have different phases. Without having a party that can deal the proper amount of damage, you won’t be able to move past certain phases. Additionally, there will be shared damage type of attacks that you will need to have 4 people get hit by, as well as have a certain character act as a channeler for the damage. There will be a lot of different elements present. The Crystal Tower is content that can be undertaken by a 24 person party. I don’t think that difficulty is really that hard, and we’ve adjusted it so it’s something that can be enjoyed by everyone. Q: We’ve already seen chocobos and magitek armor mounts, but will you be adding even more? A: Q: What’s the status of the marriage system? A: We’d like to implement this as soon as possible in a way you can invite a lot of people. Q: In addition to primal battles, will you also be implementing hard-mode for instanced dungeons? A: Yes, we will. Q: Could you provide us more information on when we will be able to develop add-ons and when official add-ons will be released? A: We just started working on an environment that players can use to create add-ons. Therefore, we should be able to provide an update around 8 months after launch. Q: When coming back for ARR, I heard there would be a Welcome Back Campaign, but could you tell us the time period and other details for this? A: Those of you who played FFXIV 1.0 will be able to play ARR free until September 9, 2013. Q: Are there any plans to implement an item that can be used to change the appearance of our characters? A: Before I answer that question, let me tell you about a discussion that happened during one of the shareholder meetings. One of the shareholders asked me “Are there any rewards for playing the game for a long period?” The following was my answer to their question: The feature you are referring to is called the veteran reward system. Players will receive rewards based on the accumulated subscription period. While there are many subscription plans in ARR, players will receive rewards for every 30 days of subscription. Reward for subscribing 30 days: - Wind-up Cursor (minion) - Phial of Fantasia (Used to change the appearance of your character) Reward for subscribing 60 days: - Cascadier Uniform Voucher (Grants black “heat resistant gear”) - A Black Chocobo Chick (minion) Rewards for subscribing 90 days: - Beady Eye (Ahriman minion) - Voidsent Resonator (Ahriman mount) Furthermore, the unique feature about the system is that players will receive the reward immediately upon subscribing for more than 30 days. For example, if a player subscribes for 90 days, they will immediately receive the reward for subscribing 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. Please note that we will continue to implement additional rewards (120 days, 180 days, etc.) via future patches.
  5. If anything I can see the stay on the buy-out happening. And in order to put forth another deal, all the stockholders this time around be given equal opportunity. Either way, Kotick got caught and I suspect regardless, Kotick's position in AB will be weakened in some form. He most likely was buying it just to sell it himself to line his own pockets, and he got caught. Either way, I don't think the current deal will happen.
  6. Yeah, and we know for a fact Bobby Kotick hates gaming altogether. He most likely just wants to buy the company to sell it off himself and get rich. Either way, Blizzard is losing.
  7. Well seems there's just no safety for Activision-Blizzard. A shareholder is now suing them: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126568-Unhappy-Shareholder-Sues-Activision-Over-Vivendi-Buyback
  8. Turbine wont refund. However, if you definitely want a refund and not going to play again, I suggest contacting your bank where the funds were drawn from and see about getting the charge reversed.
  9. Oh that's easy. It was actually an RP moment. My kinship was riding up the path out of Rivendell into Trollshaws, horseback. I /wave 'ed at a guild member and he put himself on auto walk as he started typing away and wasn't watching where he was going. Right off the cliff he went. I laughed and was all "How about that. A female character waves at him and he dives off a cliff for her!" Entire kinship busted out laughing at his misadventure XD
  10. Okay going just by the official subscription loss data which I googled and compiled for World of Warcraft: 2010 Q4 - 12 million subscribers. 2011 Q1 - 11.4 million subscribers, loss of 600k subscribers 2011 Q2 - 11.1 million subscribers, loss of 300k subscribers 2011 Q3 - 10.3 million subscribers, loss of 800k subscribers 2011 Q4 - 10.2 million subscribers, loss of 100k subscribers 2012 Q1 - 10.2 million subscribers, no loss 2012 Q2 - 9.1 million subscribers, loss of 1.1 million subscribers 2012 Q3 - 10.2 million subscribers, gained of 1.1 million subscribers 2012 Q4 - 9.6 million subscribers, loss of 600k subscribers 2013 Q1 - 8.3 million subscribers, loss of 1.3 million subscribers 2013 Q2 - 7.7 million subscribers, loss of 600k subscribers Now even when they announced a new expansion, they still had their funds. But Vivendi has now put Activision $1.4 Billion in debt now. This effectively crushes any chances of them developing another expansion, as they no longer have the funds to do it with. Other MMO companies and game developers have shut down and gone bankrupt for less debt than what Activision Blizzard will have in september. So here's my estimate for how it will pan out, just judging by the current losses we see now: Q3 - predicting they will loose another 600k-1 million subscribers bringing them somewhere in the 6 million subscriber range Q4 - predicting another 600k-1 million subscriber loss, 2013 will bring WoW to the 5 million subscriber range Q1 2014 - With no new expansion announced, and people growing even more bored with 5.4 and upset at the cash shop, CRZ, and the raid ending for alliance, look forward to 600k-1 million loss, bringing it to 4 million. Q2 - by this time, they will be at 3 million and the debt will have piled on even more. WoW will effectively be ended and chances are Blizzard shut down, making Activision just Activision once more. In the end, WoW has effectively killed itself. It's a shame, but the only ones they have to blame, is themselves, allowing Activision to put their own people in charge of development.
  11. I dunno, being back down to The Burning Crusade subscription numbers (7.7 Million down from 12 million, that's 4.3 million loss since 2010) AND Vivendi leaving you with a debt that is so high that other MMO companies closed down from having smaller debts than that... long term? I am predicting by Q4 subscription numbers will fall another 2 million bringing them to 5 million total subs at the end of the year. And with their funds basically gone, there's no way to develop another expansion for WoW under those circumstances. So with no expansion, and the fact that people are greatly unhappy with what they are seeing coming from 5.4 so far (Especially since their lead developer confirmed the promised fist pump moment for alliance will leave them walking away with absolutely nothing), the future doesn't look good for them. In fact some of the biggest losses came at the end of expansions when there was months and months of nothing but the same old content. So Q1 2014 they'd probably start off that year with 5 million, and by the end of Q1 be down another 1.5 million, bringing them to around 4.5 million or so, Q2 down to 3 million. And according to them numbers, they aren't even bringing in new subscribers currently. So by Q2, and counting the fact of this $1.4 Billion debt, they'd probably announce the shutdown and closing of Blizzard and WoW, and just become plain old Activision once more. They can't sell Blizzard because Vivendi tried already. No one wants Blizzard. So they were left with only one course of action, get the profits out while you can.
  12. well check it out: In september they will have $1.4 billion debt. That is a massive amount, and especially with the fact that they lost a huge amount of players, one could say the end for Blizzard is within sight now. Other game companies that had less debt than Activision Blizzard shut down from their debts.
  13. Somehow, I suspect Kotick only says that to try and damage control the western players leaving. Because if it really was just the asian market, then why not release subscription data for both east and west to back up "it's mostly asians leaving". Also the cash shop isn't doing too well amongst the community there. Went to peak at their official general forums last night and there was a pretty big thread about how dungeon/raid groups were vote kicking anyone wearing the cash shop helmets. There's a strong boycott going on against their cash shop, and I can't blame them. If you are going to have a cash shop in game, then the game damn sure as hell better be free to play, and not only to just level 20. So the more people are kicked who try out the cash shop, the more people start rethinking about purchasing from it. And seeing some CRZ threads, people are still having hard times leveling or getting any crafting supplies, and anyone that tries the game out for the first time quits when they realize they can't get anything done. So you just know not being able to bring in new players, and all the old players are getting pissed and frustrated, are quitting. I doubt the majority of the losses are from asia personally.
  14. I suspect Vivendi has been watching what has been going on with Activision-Blizzard, and their behavior towards their players. And the fact that they are losing subscriptions at such a massive rate right now, my original estimate was giving Blizzard 3 more years of World of Warcraft. I do believe they were indeed padding numbers to their shareholders, and Vivendi probably figured that out and decided the corruption is too great, and the reputation of AB has gotten to the point it is better to pull the plug, via yanking their funding out of AB. My new prediction, and talking to friends last night, Blizzard will now be lucky to see next summer. Either way the cash cow was already in a hospital bed. This effectively puts it on life support. And you are correct. No bank or company would give them a $5 billion loan, not with the rate their subscriptions are dropping. Yeah they were losing players throughout Cataclysm, bringing them down to 10 million by Cataclysm's end. And since Pandaria's launch, the subscription loss numbers are getting bigger and bigger. 4th quarter 2012 they lost 600,000, then 1st quarter 2013, 1.3 million bringing them to 8 million. Inside sources says the next subscription numbres they release for 2nd quarter will show an even bigger dropoff. So I can't blame Vivendi if they been following everything thus far. If you see one of your best investments suddenly turn into the titanic, you'd want to pull out too. Especially with $5 billion on the line.
  15. Well Phase 4 is supposed to be starting soon, and it is supposed to finalize servers. Many of us RPers have given feedback that we'd like at least 1 server to have the RP tag. If no server gets the tag, well we've decided 2 servers for RPers. 1 legacy server and 1 new server for those who want to start a brand new unofficial RP community. If you are an RPer or curious where the RP community is thinking of going check out: http://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ Great place for information too
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