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  1. psalm8818

    World of Warcraft "Classic"

    Blizzard sure has backpedalled from the infamous "You think you want it, but you really don't" Q&A. I think ultimately people playing vanilla WoW FOR FREE on private servers will continue to do so (unless, of course, Blizzard is using this as an excuse to take sweeping legal action against private servers), either because 1). Blizzard follows the Everquest model and simply timelocks content rather than actually emulating the classic game, or 2). No one plays it because it can take over 45 minutes to complete a kill quest in vanilla because of all the downtime, or 3). vanilla advocates realize that they in fact didn't really want it. I'm currently playing on 2 different local LAN servers using the 2 best project databases (1 vanilla, 1 Wrath of the Lich King) and frankly, I enjoy WOTLK far more than vanilla. But I still maintain that the only reason Blizzard is doing this is to shut down vanilla emulator servers, because if those playing on EMUs aren't satisfied with the live product, they're not going to stick around. And damned if today's WoW kewl dewd is going to put up with anything less than instant gratification and participation trophies.
  2. psalm8818

    World of Warcraft "Classic"

    It will depend on how "Classic" it actually is. If it's anything like LOTRO's "Classic" servers, then I'll pass. One would hope Blizzard is smarter than that, but then again we're talking about a company that made the next Diablo game for mobile phones and wondered why gamers were outraged.
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    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    No the original game is still limping along...and I do mean limping. But as you might guess, it bares very little resemblance to the game that made it a serious competitor to Everquest for a time. Whereas LOTRO is held afloat by whales who can't live without buying premium hats and horses, DAOC's lifeline has ever been multiboxers who make it look like the game has double the playerbase it actually does (as of this writing, DAOC has no F2P model, and requires a sub to play, and two subs to be competitive), using their 2nd accounts as buffbots afking inside castle keeps. But not surprisingly, private DAOC emulator servers that do not allow multiboxing have more than 10x the playerbase than live servers today.
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    64-bit gossip

    One is reminded of Michael Scott teaching the sales department of Dunder Mifflin how to use Power Point when he himself had never even opened the application before.
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    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    I think Dark Age of Camelot may be on its last legs. Nearly 100% of its already dwindling player base has migrated to a free private server. Broadsword (or whomever owns it now) was supposed to shift to a Free to Play model 3 years ago, but to date that has not occurred. It's the same old story really; people want to play the game before [insert shitty expansion/patch that ruined the game] was implemented.
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    64-bit gossip

    The thing that amuses me about streamers is how they CTD a dozen times during livestreams. It reminds me of that old video clip of Bill Gates promoting a latest version of Windows when it blue screens during the live presentation.
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    64-bit gossip

    Meh. That's genuinely the best I can muster. Even if the game ran smoothly without crashes, rubberbanding or data leaks, it's still a pay-to-win gambling simulator with 11 year-old bugs, raids that don't function properly, terrible customer service/community relations, and a cautionary tale of mismanagement and greed.
  8. IIRC DDO is 3.5e, Neverwinter is 4e (loosely, in both cases). Neverwinter plays more like modern WoW with all the smash button flashy skills win win give me muh lewtz, whereas DDO plays more like LOTRO with an equally shitty engine and equally shitty customer service. They're both terrible games IMHO, but Neverwinter is the lesser of two evils, which is why it has more players.
  9. Who asked for a Gollum-PoV LOTR game? (Probably the same mouth-breathers who asked for a LOTR MMO that focuses on lootboxes and picking flowers). At best, it will be a 1st or 3rd-person stealth-survival game with lots of fishing with your bare hands, hiding from orc patrols, and talking to yourself in the dark. How do they even plan to monetize custom unlocks? Different textures of loincloth? Different bulbous eye colours? It won't have a prayer unless Andy Serkis is involved, and I doubt his $ervices come cheap today. I just feel like they're really missing the mark on this, and that a game about a schizophrenic sociopath is not going to interest gaming's core demographic, most of whom play video games to escape the reality that they themselves are schizophrenic sociopaths (see below for their poster child).
  10. Is anyone else bothered by the prospect that all these crooked billionaires get together once a week at a high-society "Eyes Wide Shut" orgy to gloat about how they get away with so much white collar crime?
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    Moria soon on LS?

    This is exactly how WoW plays today, since they introduced the 'cross realm zones.' There is ALWAYS someone right in front of your face, having cleared out all slow-respawning quest mobs 20 seconds prior to your arrival, or having just mined/gathered the crafting resource you went several minutes out of your way to get to, or having just turned in a quest to an NPC that despawns upon turnin. Individually, those wasted seconds are trivial...but they add up. Open tapping alleviates part of the frustration, but certainly not all, especially if there are no mobs up to tap. As far as the LI system...well, that's what put me off with Moria years ago. The prospect of being compelled to level up several different LIs at the same time for the sole purpose of destroying them for better stats on your next LI to level up...eyerolling stupidity. My kinship was of a like mind, and by Mirkwood we dwindled from over 100 active players at launch to 3.
  12. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    Big question now; Is the client now 64k? Or did that even have anything to do with this embarrassing shitshow?
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    22 Hours

    I knew within five minutes of the livestream that Cordovan was obviously lying about the situation. Those pauses accompanied by that thousand-yard stare reminded me of a Sean Spicer press briefing...
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    22 Hours

    I recall back in either late 1999 or early 2000, one of the Everquest servers was permanently wiped (Pover if I'm not mistaken) as a result of faulty hardware. 6 or 7 thousand players lost everything, and if any of you played that game in its heyday, you will remember it was a punishing grind that makes LOTRO seem like a cakewalk in comparison. That said, Everquest is still online today (it's a completely different game, and it totally sucks, but it's still online). So the takeaway is this; gamers are cucks, and not even wiped characters will prevent cucks from continuing to give SSG money to cuckold them. Hell, a wipe could even revitalize interest in the game. BLEH don't listen to me, that's crazy talk....
  15. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    Hey, I'm just enjoying the shitshow, like everyone else here. if you don't like it, you can go fuck yourself with a chainsaw. Got it?
  16. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    He bans paying customers from the OF for voicing concerns about the defective product he's selling.
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    22 Hours

    I am filled with such turgidity at this shitshow!
  18. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    Yeah I can't listen to this liar's bullshit for more than ten minutes. TL;DR: It's taking longer than normal, deal with it. OH HAI DDO PLAYERS!!!!
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    22 Hours

    He clearly doesn't know what the fuck is wrong with the hardware.
  20. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    That's the crux of it. DDO has ALWAYS been Turbine's favored son, whereas LOTRO has ever been the redheaded stepchild.
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    22 Hours

    But totally consistent with LOTRO's litany of publishers/developers. "Great news, Europe, you're getting a new datacenter!" "LOTRO is so popular, we need more servers. Introducing the Riddermark server!" "You're going to LOVE epic battles!" "Have a look at the trailer for our latest expansion, Mordor!" "Thank you for the feedback, I'll pass this on to our developers!" Frankly, massive epic fails are the only thing Turbine/SSG is good at.
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    22 Hours

    If the game IS shutting down (it probably isn't, but it might, but it probably won't, but there's still a chance, but not much of one, I'm literally just projecting my biggest desires right now), the real tragedy is that there's no emulator to fall back on for custom private servers. Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft, Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, even Asheron's Call...all have emluators. With LOTRO, however, no once can be bothered to datamine the source code and reverse engineer it. That's pretty telling about LOTRO's standing in the zeitgeist of gaming, and its legacy in history. Not even worth pirating...
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    22 Hours

    Oh...to taste the whales' nourishing tears of despair.... No, no, it's too good to be true, and I dare not even daydream about such a scenario. The servers will be back up in a few hours days weeks, and the artistically bankrupt mansuck that is SSG will go ever on....
  24. psalm8818

    22 Hours

    Yeah it doesn't take this long to move computers from one room to another. This is either hardware failure, or another datacenter downgrade. Or SSG has been liquidated, and they've left it up to Theybreak Games to make the announcement (not likely, but what a scenario!). Whatever the cause, the shills who helped ruin LOTRO can't play, and that makes me happy.
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    22 Hours

    1,000 Turbine Points says any such laid-off engineer is just letting those calls go straight to voicemail.
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