Oct 8th 2009 12:10AM As a Singaporean high-schooler, I am amused.
World of Warcraft is very much a niche product back here. Players of free MMOs (typically Korean in origin) far outnumber actual WoW subscribers. Unfortunately, most of the MMOs in question (Maplestory in particular) are extremely grind intensive, and feature ludicrous gameplay and leveling mechanics.
For instance, as a former player of Cabal Online (it was a brief affair), I recall that player level was entirely separate from skill level, and given that player levels granted only greater HP/MP, while skill levels gained you access to new attacks, it became the norm to focus exclusively on skill level. Here is where the grind comes in: skill level could be leveled most efficiently by attacking monsters with no weapon equipped, a process known as "punching" that took a minimum of an hour per level by the third tier of advancement. Given that there were 5 tiers in all, and each spanned hundreds of levels, you get the rough idea of what gameplay was like. Autoattack became every player's best friend. Grind pads out gameplay hours, and when you build a game where it's the only objective, statistics like these are expected.
You probably wouldn't believe how seriously the guys around here take their games either. Read the Maplestory subsection of the local forums and you will be exposed to a level of immaturity dwarfing the worst of Barrens Chat (or Trade Chat nowadays).
Sep 25th 2009 11:16AM And more traps placed in the most hilariously inconvenient spots possible.
Sep 25th 2009 11:13AM Spoiler:
It's another Batcave.
Sep 25th 2009 9:58AM I want a boss to dance to Omarion's "Ice Box".
"I'm so cold, I'm so cold..."
Sep 15th 2009 5:26AM I have a suggestion. Just to piss off Christian Belt, make a post titled "Gearing Your Warlock for Raids" consisting of the links to these articles:
The reaction will be priceless.
Aug 22nd 2009 12:45AM Why does this sound so much like MapleStory?
Or any Korean MMO?
Aug 21st 2009 11:04PM I might switch my warrior's race to Blood Elf after the expansion just because "Spellbreaker" sounds so cool.
Aug 21st 2009 11:02PM Why is everyone ignoring the fact that there will be HEROIC DEADMINES?
Aug 19th 2009 7:21AM The hunter didn't use flare? I call bs on his 2914 rating!
Aug 7th 2009 2:01PM When I first looked at the stats, I immediately thought: "What sort of crappy Naxx-equivalent chestpiece is this?"
Then I read "Back". I was happy.