Oct 9th 2010 2:03AM I can't stress to people enough how awful this game turned out. It is obtuse, boring, unfun, stressful and downright lazy. It is not just mired with technical bugs like the weird interface lag, it is mired with unintuitive, and fundamentally unfun design choices. The repair system, the leve system, the crafting system, the economy. They are all absolutely unfathomably terrible. It's like they didn't even playtest this goddamn thing. Shame on the playtesters and developers for letting this garbage out. And even more shame on the Square-Enix executives if they forced the developers to release this mess to the world, hereby ruining any chance it had of being popular. Avoid this game until Square-Enix pulls their collective heads out of their asses and brings this game up to 2007 korean free-to-play MMO standards.
Nov 13th 2009 6:49PM This is an interesting thing for a large company like Blizzard to openly admit that one of the things they implemented (not to mention the insane amount of effort it took to make them) was a failure. I really think that's more impressive than we are giving them credit for.
Still, what does this hold for the players that DO play Arena and enjoy it. I mean, it's probably a given that after such a definitive statement like that, that the arena 'scene' is going to die off relatively slowly.
Another note, does this also mean that the number of people who do enjoy arena is small enough that they are willing to write them off like this? I'm really interested to hear what people think.
Nov 3rd 2009 9:02PM I'm actually starting to see some improvements in the way they are presenting the show. The cuts are getting crisper and less amateur. Still not a great show but at least it made me laugh a little bit with the Damask.
Oct 1st 2009 3:41AM Duder, Jimmy was the O-G marine.
Oct 1st 2009 3:38AM Stupid Internet Catchphrase for headset.
Sep 30th 2009 2:38PM I appreciate people commenting on what I wrote. I just felt that someone needed to give this show a running over from a critical perspective. I don't think there is anything wrong with criticizing a show (even a comedy) especially when there is so much more potential for comedy based on the experiences of gamers. The show banefully neglects a lot of real material for this ridiculous and it really doesn't work.
I personally have not encountered such people and perhaps that is why I can't see the comedy in this. But I can't exactly doubt your experience with these kinds of people so I guess I just have to take it at face value.
The archetypes are indeed valid, but they aren't portrayed in a particularly convincing way. Also, these dismal people are more suited for a much more dark comedy than the bright happy world this takes place in.
The real irony is that you took the time to write a post about a guy writing a post about taking something too seriously. And now, I have written a post about a guy taking something too seriously and writing a post about a guy writing a post.
Self-awareness etc. etc.
Still thanks for people considering what I said I appreciate it. I only wrote it because I was bored and felt that I should express my critique of a show that might have potential someday to be funny.
Sep 30th 2009 4:42AM Does anyone else find the Guild to be horribly depressing and not entirely entertaining as it is mesmerizing? I'll admit i've watched the three 'seasons' of content, but I don't really see how anyone could watch the show and
a) admit that it has any jokes or scenes that are well produced or thought out
b) believe that it spouts anything other than what seems like misinformed or generic 'gamer-speak' material
c) doesn't think it's incredibly morbid and bleak
Clara's character is unforgivably unsettling in so many ways and Vork is equally dismal in his own way. Perhaps what really gets me is that these awful and disturbing caricatures aren't presented in a manner that befits their distressing lives. They are presented quite joyfully and almost positively. It's like whoever writes this garbage believes that there is nothing inherently wrong with leading your life this way. I'll admit that gaming is fun and I do it quite regularly, especially in MMO's but I can't allow myself to believe that gaming causes you to be entirely socially inept or insufficient in all other things.
It's incredibly frustrating, the fact that the characters are entirely unlikable for any reason other than 'oh I am a gamer, they are gamers, neat-o, I must empathize with them'. There is nothing about any character that I find is believable or realistic. The way that Zaboo (uggh) or Bladez (uggh) talk to each other by their avatar name using ridiculous terms like 'leveling up' or 'questing' to relate to normal life interactions is infuriating. If you actually say to your friends that you can't wait to 'go on a quest' to meet a girl and then 'level up your charisma and intelligence' so that you can 'gain experience points' then you should probably stop playing any video games immediately and talk to non-gamer people. This kind of vernacular simply isn't used by most gamers outside of the game. You only use these terms within the space of the game and nothing about the game itself translates in most gamers minds.
When the Guild tries to implant these motifs and general knowledge about games into the world it just seems forced, amateurish and generally disheartening. I would much rather that something like this be made with an actual understanding about the social inadequacies of people who game rather than constant bludgeoning of game-related innuendo or side jokes. It would be far funnier.
Beyond my negative criticism of the series, I do kind of enjoy the path they are taking with the Axis of Anarchy. It's a much more honest take on people who do raid hardcore, but they still come off as entirely unlikable and cruel rather than elitist or insufferable like many real hardcore guilds act.
In short, this show is really not that great, but I'd really like it if the creators/writers/whoever take a step back and look at what real gamers are like and actually elaborate on the true bizarre and quirky nature of these kinds of people. There really is a lot of funny material to pull from, they just need to find out exactly what that is rather than piss-spout any sort of nescient jargon in hopes to cultivate empathy with your viewers.
Sep 22nd 2009 10:23PM Yea, WoW is basically useless right now. Everythings a bit buggy.
This truly is Ony's Revenge
Sep 6th 2009 10:19AM My guild recently smashed our heads against the Beasts in 25m ToGC and... holy crap, that fight is hard. I mean the worst part about it is that the worms come out often in the middle of Gormok at like 5%. Nothing is more insane than having to try and coordinate our tanks and healing to make sure they stay alive through a crazy amount of impales. We still don't know how we are going to deal with the damn poison, it's been a challenge and it's a lot of fun trying to down it. I think that people who say that ToGC is too easy are a bit confused. I think its very well tuned, and doesn't leave a lot of room for error.