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  1. Almagnus1

    Google is in fact... EVIL!

    And today from Congress.. Methinks it's time for the Senate to start fining Google for contempt of Congress.
  2. Almagnus1

    Google is in fact... EVIL!

    And it's our duty to stop the corporations that are trying to exert unwarranted influence across the US. I can only hope that the US Congress can move fast enough to shut down Google before they prove they can shunt an election to the Democrats, because once that happens, the US is screwed, and it's up to the US citizens to make noise to ensure that happens. I mean, AT&T was broken up when they were at the peak of their power, and it's time the same happened to Google as Google is abusing their technology to warp society and that needs to stop ASAP. That's not always true, and that's also why term limits are necessary for congress, as that's the only way to destroy this faux-aristocracy that has arisen in the US. We don't have blue-bloods for a damned good reason, as the only way to achieve anything remotely like that is to become successful in business, and then teach that to your children. There's just as many success and failures at this, that the market is really good at taking care of the business dynasties. Except Microsoft all Microsoft ever did was chase profits, and not try to warp society. Perhaps Gates tried to make the world a better place, but if you're really going after Microsoft for trying to build a walled garden, you should be going after Apple too. Google, on the other hand, decided that it should use 1984 as a design philosophy, then executed upon that. She's trying to deflect because she knows she screwed up, and Google has been exposed - but the Project Veritas video is huge because (assuming any of the Republicans in Congress are awake), it should be enough proof to show even the most technologically incompetent of them what's truly going on.
  3. Almagnus1

    Google is in fact... EVIL!

    It's one of the reasons why I wish the US government would take strong action against Google. Hopefully there's enough smart Republicans that can see this as an existential threat, and enough of them that are persuasive enough to convince the Democrats that it's only a matter of time before Google decides you're intrinsically unfair. The great irony of this is that the people in question are clearly NOT native-born Americans... she sounds like she's from the UK - and you really need to keep this stupidity over there please >=(
  4. I mean, it's like EA decided to take the transcript of the Monty Python Spam sketch, replace the word spam with Lootbox, and then use that as a game design document.
  5. Yet you know the reality is that it will only be the Return of the Lootbox.
  6. Sure it's not "The Lootbox Strikes Back"?
  7. Because the FDA thinks we're all idiots!
  8. Almagnus1

    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    That's why I consider a 3-4 hour game session a "good" one these days, but what's interesting is that due to FFXIVs tomestone grind will cap out for the week if you run like 2-3 instance roulettes 3-4 times a week, so it's possible to sink time into the Ex's and Savages without needing to no-life it. I'm not sure if that's true of WoW.
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    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    That's why SE release a benchmark with the expansions, and the current one is: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/?utm_source=lodestone&utm_medium=pc_banner&utm_campaign=na_benchmark . From what I can tell, this is the ingame engine pushed to it's limits. They reshuffled the playerbase so that the datacenters would be seeded with vets prior to the newbies, but if they screw it up, it'll be Raubahn Ex all over again >.< Half of that, though, is that most MMOs went away from the WoW:Classic style where you needed to use your brain, and actually be able to follow a storyline. That's one reason why FFXIV is doing well... and also a couple of stones that are thrown against FFXIV. WoW:BFA, on the other hand, is about as braindead as one can get and still be considered alive.
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    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    Stuff like this is why I think a lot of people are underestimating the FFXIV population... FFXIV is really great about doing FFXIV really well, and as Yoshi-P [exec producer] is focused on doing FFXIV well, FFXIV, isn't going to fall into a lot of the other traps that MMOs have done in the past with F2P, and the other features as everything that gets borrowed from another MMO gets properly integrated into FFXIV. Even the crossovers with other games are done in such a way that they're generally not conflicting with the FFXIV lore.
  11. Almagnus1

    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    It's more about lag time and other things. Heavensward was a nightmare, Stormblood was decent, and it was about the same time with Shadowbringers. What still irks me is that I must buy stuff from the Steam store, or the expansion will not count for my account... which is something I learned the hard way with Stormblood... Speaking of, here's a relevant reddit post: Most of that content is tied to the fate system, and most of the really big fates tend to get farmed out around launch... which leads landscape content to being relegated to questing and resourcing mostly. There's not really much in the way of world PvP, as the only PvP we have are matched based (either the 24v24v24 cluster or 4v4 group fights).
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    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    I'd have to disagree with this as the Steam client is STRONGLY discouraged because there's actually two sets of PC keys, Steam and non-Steam... which means that if you did what I did and bought the Steam client years ago not knowing any better, you will not get access to any expansion until it is released on Steam. And even then it's been a complete cluster trying to get the expansions registered... which means that the Steam and non-Steam numbers for PC/Macs are going to be quite different compared to what we'd expect to see in another MMO. And as an FYI, you must also purchase a license to play on the PS4. Speaking of which, the PS4 players are a fairly large userbase, and I wouldn't be surprised if they exceeded the number of Steam players by a very large margin, so the Steam chart numbers aren't accurate. Throwing in https://freetrial.finalfantasyxiv.com/na/ , and it's entirely possible to not play on Steam (and with how SE handles the Steam/non-Steam stuff you're better off not getting the Steam client in this case).
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    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    Something to keep in mind is https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/friend_recruit/ as you want someone to recruit you for the +xp circlet.
  14. Almagnus1

    WoW 8.2 is releasing against FFXIV Shadowbringers

    It's a mix of several things as BfA is largely considered the worst WoW expansion, and WoW:Retail has driven off a lot of players - as the recent population surge in FFXIV is largely due to WoW refugees that like it and stay. Ironically, WoW:Classic is probably going to do a number on WoW:Retail's population, but since you need a WoW sub either way, it's also going to mask how badly WoW:Classic is screwing things up for Blizzard. I'm not terribly surprised, as FFXIV tends to be a bit under the radar which is why it's getting as large as it is. That, and if you aren't into JRPGs, then FFXIV is probably not a game you're going to be watching for (that said, the Heavensward expansion had a really good storyline to it... provided you could slog through the initial storyline). To be fair, this isn't so much tailored to the Asian market, it's just that SquareEnix is a Japanese company with a ton of hits, and this is their second MMO entry into the Final Fantasy Franchise, and this was exported to the rest of the world. That's actually absurdly low because: For that to happen, a player must either buy the skip straight to Stormblood, and completed the last expansion, or gone through something like 300 quests, so the actual active character count is rather low considering how many newer players I keep seeing in the game - and you can get a sense for how far into the story that is by looking at https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Main_Scenario_Quests . At best, that shows us the endgame/current population.
  15. So, WoW is doing something stupid: Releasing a patch against a FFXIV expansion when FFXIV is at it's peak and growing, and WoW is currently in it's worst expansion. WoW has typically pulled this stunt to squash competition in the past... but I think it's going to be quite the comedic backfire this time around. So, anyone else want to see the population data for each MMO over the next few months?