Archive for February, 2009

This is the end… my only friend, the end…

Posted in 1 on February 15, 2009 by XLCS

So OK, I’m not going to get into a lengthy discussion of economics, business, or who’s who of MMO gaming.  But I will say this… the economic downtorun is becoming a starker reality for MMOs and gaming in general.

Kotaku just announced that the Aliens RPG that Sega was working on has been canceled.  Recent confirmed rumors that WAR staff have been laid off have also emerged.  Midway of Mortal Kombat fame filled for bankruptcy (Chapter 11 which lets them keep operating).  Granted Midway’s woes are in large part due to Sumner Redstone “selling his 87% stake in Midway Games Inc. (MWY) for about $100,000, plus the assumption of $70 million of secured and unsecured senior debt. The deal resulted in a huge loss for Redstone on his investment in the video game maker, having invested $800 million in the company, but it also set up a substantial tax benefit.

Now, I’m not going to get into a economic thesis on were the gaming industry is headed.  But if Mr. Redston’s business strategy is any indication, big time and not-so-big-time mogels will likely be heading out of the gamng industry in favor of securing their holdings in more traditional markets, and in general the gaming industry is already experiencing a slowing in investments.

Sales have been all over the map lately.  Wii is leading XBOX who’s leading PS3… although Joystiq reported that while the overall console industry is up 13% over January 2008, handhelds are down 83% from December 2008.

For a business sector that absolutely depends on frivolous investor funding through the first 1-5+ years of development before actually releasing a product, this could be the start of a long unwinding of independent titles and concentration of games under more traditional, large-scale companies.  More likely, it will mean a slowing of releasees and potentially some under development currently will go under before they even hit Open Beta.

Your thoughts?

1.2 My opinion

Posted in Warhammer Online on February 12, 2009 by Stash

Well it’s out and like I (and many others)thought the "leaked" patch notes were right true. Now what do I think of them? 

Heh, well unlike Hellion I don’t put much thought into what the changes say as I do in how it plays out. The mechanics of the system may enable for more possibilities that the notes give hint to. Now I’m not going to comment on Hellion’s sissy Archmage (and Oh is he a sissy!), quite frankly I’d be talking out of my backside. Nothing new really, but still I’m going to avoid that one for now. Instead I’ll quip in on the classes I have played, and talk about some of the things I saw in the notes that made me think a bit on the Direction they were trying for.

 Fist off, before I try to be intelligent in my little dialog, let me just say.

 Chosen HAH! Looks like you just got the same nerf that you got shoved on Knights. What, "Your" damage reflects were special? I don’t bloody think so you whiny bunch of piss ants, Suck it!

 Ok, I feel much better now. Sorry about that.

 Well there are tons of "That’s it I quit" Post all over the forums. Heh, what did you expect, I swear they could do nothing but change the color of in game grass to a darker green and half the community would scream about it. Sheesh. Here is how I see the patch, and why Hellion is wrong, AM are going to be better.

 Survivability. Damage that was unmitigated before is now mitigated, damage shields will shield for more, and damage was toned down all over the board. See a pattern here? They are trying to make battles last a little longer in the zerg, or at least WB on WB. Now there are still going to be quick deaths, and that nasty Witch Elf is still going to tear you up if your a caster, but you’ve got more of a chance now. Over on the boards, I see folks jumping all over this nerf or that nerf, but they are failing to see the big picture. Ok yea the WP and DoK got more survivability, and they had tons  before, but that’s not a buff if the other two healing classes got them too. And Witch Elfs and Witch Hunters didn’t get nerfed because of Mitigation, they got fixed. And don’t give me that crap about I don’t understand. My main IS a Witch Hunter, the changes are going affect me zilch. If you upset, get over it or reroll because the class was not for your "Wanabe Overpowered Hero" mentality. You people wouldn’t know what teamwork was if it hit you.

 We all want to be a hero, but some of us don’t mind being ONE of the hero’s.

 The other things in the notes, New lairs, new mounts, new classes, etc. Well icing on the cake as they say, it’ll all be bonus to the game and make the in depth that much more. I say wait and see, a month after release everyone opinion of the patch will probably be different across the board.


2-4-6-8 Being an Archmage is really Great !

Posted in General Gaming on February 12, 2009 by Hellion

Greetings and happy 1.2 patch day notes fellow warhamerans. That right it’s me Hellion, back on the attack to destroy your warm and fuzzy feeling, and to snap you back to the harsh reality of life! For today’s topic I would like to talk to you briefly about the Archmage and why it’s so kickass!

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
This class is my main, or at least was my main. I have leveled an AM to 34. Astounding really considering this class has all the appeal of an ABBA concert. I have never felt more in touch with my feminine side since I have started playing this class. I look like Zsa Zsa Gabor only much more FABULIOUS! And as a male toon I feel really un-warlike out there. I feel like I should be picking flowers and preaching love to the forces of destruction instead of fighting them. Which brings me to my next point.

Paper Mache Meets Drunk Peasant
Even if I would like to participate in war-like activities with my AM this simple is not a possibility. I do little to no damage. My heals are subpar at best and my survivability is non-existent. Have you ever seen that video where the 70’s guy comes in and kicks that old woman off the chair. “OWNED” I’m the old woman. For a time I thought it was me. I didn’t post on forums of my troubles, for fear of the dreaded QQ lrn to play nub! So I simply kept silent about it and decided to try a few other classes to see if I had more fun.

The good the bad and the retarded.
Currently I have 7 order alts ranging between level 15-34 most over 23. I have 5 Destruction alts all pushing 20. I guess I should thank mythic because I have experienced so very much of warhammer, I feel an expert on anything T1 to T2. Great! Not really, I miss my AM, It has such potential. Despite that fact that he looks like a sissy, talks like a sissy, fights like a sissy, hell IS a sissy, he’s the underdog … and my first toon, I would like to see him succeed. Patch notes for the 1.2 patch basically ….. are not good for the AM. People are leaving this class in droves! Sad really. I seem to have a knack for picking that absolute worst class in every MMO I have ever played. What the hell is wrong with me!

What the hell is wrong with you!
I’m going to put the blame for this one squarely on Mythic’s shoulders. I can’t believe they would make a class this awful and release it, and then have the nerve to release 4 more classes before fixing a class this is awful. Mythic this class is so bad that everyone on destruction and order side agree it sucks. I have never, ever, seen that before in my whole life! Both sides order and destruction agree this is the worst class in the game!!!! You know it HAS to be pure garbage at that point.

You know I would never leave a bitch session without providing a solution. I think for this one. Delete the class entirely and chalk it up as a woops. It’s that bad. I don’t see any fix that will work at all. If it were only one or 2 things that might not be a problem. However It’s the entire mechanic. Just delete it entirely so I don’t have to sit at my computer and weep anymore. Go to Hell!

Love Hellion

Ramblings of an Engineer

Posted in 1 on February 6, 2009 by XLCS

I like to identify with an MMO career in some way.  It’s important if I’m going to spend months leveling a character.  I’m not really interested in which class is best, or which spec is Uber, or if I win 1v1 or can survive a battle better than other classes.  Sometimes you choose an Uber class, sometimes not.  Besides, in PvP/RvR it comes down to who has the best team (or most numerous…).

The main thing to keep in mind is the long-term… MMOs always balance.  What is Uber today might be not so much tomorrow, and what is sucky by comparison today might be FOTM tomorrow.  Case in point:  DAoC Friar.  I played the class when they were under-rated all the way through them getting buffed and becoming the FOTM darlings of RvR.  I loved the class before and after the adjustments.

Before WAR went live I decided to play an Engineer.  Not just the class, but the Grenader spec line.  My guild and I had RvR’d for years in DAoC, been in I don’t know how many seiges, and I knew what role I wanted.  I didn’t, and still don’t, pay much attention to How-To posts on playing the class, or beating X class with Y tactics, or where to farm or PL.  I like to learn the ins and outs by actually playing the class, becoming familiar with the skills over levels and time, and finding tactics that match my play style and the role I want to fill in the group.  Those How-To’s always point out the obvious if you’ve taken the time to actually play the class anyway, so grats to the Captain Obvious’s and their many legions!  Bravo I say!  Now STFU and go farm

OK, one thing to point out: Engineer was not my original choice.  That was Warrior Priest.  Seemed like a good choice for me, somewhat similar to my old Friar class & I’ve almost always played some form of healer since EQ.  But I left the path of Sigmar for simple reasons.  After years of RvR with my beloved Friar, I needed a different role.  Particularly, range.  But more importantly, Engineer seemed to have the utility I was seeking.

So here we are, almost 5 months after going live.  I do not regret the choice one bit. But, the Engineer is a weird class, really.

Technically it’s a ranged DPS class.  But unless you spec Rifle, don’t plan on being a critshot sniper.  Even then it’s arguably behind other rDPS classes.  I can’t speak for Tinkerer specs, but Grenade spec Engineers play a lot like the old Cabalist in DAoC.  You’ve got to parse out how to leverage your pet, your DoTs, and utility skills to be really dangerous.

This is not a class with clear strategies.  Granted, it’s not the most complex class either.  You can spec Rifle and do the ol’ critshot sniper role – shoot, kill, done.  You can spec Grenade – throw DoTs till your carpal tunnel flares, get massive scenario damage, and no kills.  Hmm.  Try specing Tinkerer.  Doh.  But where is the most Uberest Engineer skill of them all, so everyone who doesn’t play an Engineer says…?  Yep, deep in the Tinkerer spec line.  With Bugman’s Best, a skill that has more use in Roleplaying than on the battlefield (I know, there are decent skills in the tree… but I had to…).

CC abilities – Crowd Control.  People use this to define single target snare, roots, etc.  Not exactly crowds, but whatever.  Engineers get several of these skills.  Most are pretty weak when compared to other MMOs and even other WAR classes.  Engies get knock-down/knock-back, a snare, a root, and of course the despised Magnet.  But honestly, speccing for Magnet is purely for guilds with highly organized groups.  Not a lot of Engies take it since it gimps you in more ways that one “Uber” skill might ever make up for.

What we do tend to take is Stopping Power, which adds a knock-back to our Hip Shot ability.  That one ability opens up all sorts of utility.  Witch Elf on your healer?  Hip Shot.  If you go further in the tree there’s even a disarm skill to spec in, although I’ve found the 2 second cast time is too long in RvR where as long as you’ve disrupted the WE by knocking them down, they’ll get swarmed and killed before your disarm goes off.  If you do plan on going further into the Rifle line, Snipe is friggin mean.  Stay to the rear & pick off WEs from 150 feet.  Yes, Mon-Chi-Chi.  Run.

But know this – Engineers are fragile.  I have nights where I die repeatedly and often and feel like throwing laptop out the window.  Sure you can spec for Toughness and Wounds and get your Armor up.  It’ll buy you a couple extra seconds on the battlefield.  But Engineers are rDPS, and if you forget that, Destro will be happy to remind you.  This means you are always balancing risk and reward.  Get cocky, or leave yourself with no utility to deal with threats, and it’s a one-way ticket to frustration station.

That said, Engineers are great skirmishers.  I’ve pretty much experimented my way into several different roles depending on the situation.  Open RvR, I’m protecting healers and exposing/hunting WEs, and yes, they’re hunting me and usually winning.  Seige, I’m on the walls laying all kinds of AOE hell on Destro from relative safety, dropping turrets, mines, and death on those who would block backdoors and posterns, burning the ram with flaming Napalm.

It’s a fun class IMO.  You probably won’t be the hero, but you can sit back on a keg after the fight and rest assured that you put a little stank on just about everyone on the battlefield.

When your 8 losing makes your tummy hurt :(

Posted in General Gaming on February 3, 2009 by Hellion

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile but as you know I need to be good and fired up before I get writing about something. That’s right friends its old Hellion, back from the dead and poised to ruin your drinking water.

If your 8 stay in WoW

I’m 32. The reason I feel the need to say this is because I just want you all to know that the world has already kicked my ass a few times and I am slowly settling into a sad rut just like the rest of you poor slobs. That being said there are a few things we as Glastons, and yes as adults that we all hold true. Don’t expect something for nothing, be kind to others (as much as you can), fight with honor, do your best and have fun with your friends. Pretty easy ya? Not for some it would seem.

I hate your guts!

If you get mad at people for capping  battle field objectives because your not there yet!
You’re a child!

If you leave a scenario because your team isn’t winning
You’re a child and I want to punch your face in!

If you characters name is WitchiesYaY! Or ImthebestLoL123!
You’re a child and a douche!

If you get into arguments in shout or region chat about your favorite sports team, why you love obama, why so and so sucks, why WoW is so much better ect.ect.
Your 8 and your opinions don’t count please run with scissors.

If your soul reason for existence is to bother other people with pointless tells about how you need more gold, why you like to gank people, how in real life your 20 and married to a supermodel, why the sky is blue, why you get beat up at school because your 8 and 300lbs, why this, why that, why wiffel ball bat.
Jog On! I’m not your consoler!


As you know I never end without a solution to all the problems I post. Easy fix, if you’re a stupid adult you will have stupid kids. Do us a favor and try not to breed at all. If you do have a kid, which doubtless you will because you have never heard of birth control. Don’t let them play warhammer online. They can play WoW. It’s far more suited to there slow stupid needs.

Love Hellion

Ray… Blu Ray

Posted in Glaston Banter on February 1, 2009 by XLCS

Well I’ve had my PS3 for a year now and am just getting around to buying some Blu-ray titles.  Among these are a two volume set of select 007 movies (link). These films have been retouched and remastered one frame at a time, using a huge server farm of Mac G6’s churning out Godzillabites of data.  The end product are movies, some over 40 years old, reproduced with extreme fidelity.

These movies… these movies… (Christopher Walken pause)

These movies are incredible.  Honestly, Dr. No is 47 years old.  They took the original negative, digitally removed blemishes that were on the actual lens, removed odd lighting like fluorescent light flicker, retouched (undiscernably) color loss from archival, all sorts of visual blemishes.  you would think that film grain and such would look cruddy in high def.  But no, Mr. Bond.  They’re sharp, poppin’, it looks like your seeing them on the best movie screen the year they came out!

Now, the only downside: Packaging.  I’ve looked at consumer reviews and you either get “loved it” or “hated it”.  Here’s my experience.  I unwrapped the plastic, revealing a good-looking outer sleeve with “007” on it.  Cool.  The box then had a faux leather disc booklet.  Not bad.  Opened up the booklet… out fell 2 of the 3 discs!  In their infinite widom, after spending untold millions lovingly restoring these original negatives, they placed the discs on foam plugs barely glued on the booklet.  I was rather pissed.  these foam plugs were cheap, and now not only did my new blu-rays take a unecessary fall they were loose in the booklet.  Yea, I’ll reglue the plugs, maybe find a better material.  But come on.

Anyway, caveat emptor.  I had some Best Buy gift cards and impulse bought these for $75 a pop.  You can get them online for $45.

I recommend if your a fan of Bond films and have a blu-ray player, these are the shiz.  Get ’em, get ’em cheap online, and be careful when you unwrap your new Über James Bond collection!  Your friends will be in awe as salt water dripps from Ursula Andress‘s bronzed flesh… rawr!