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DDO solo play now available {Joystiq}

Jun 7th 2006 7:22AM DDO was crap.

Too much twitch based combat. (If I wanted an FPS, I'd PLAY an FPS).

HORRID class and combat balance. Hey everyone, let's burn through all our spells in the first quarter of the dungeon and spend the next 45 minutes scratching our ass and wondering where the next rest shrine is!!

A slavish adherance to the d20 system DOES NOT WORK IN AN ONLINE MMO.

Clumsy, confusing, user-UNfriendly UI. If I didn't know better I'd think the UI was designed to HARM the user.

Primitive graphics. Can anyone say Old-Ass EQ??

Goofy-ass world design. Seriously did anyone put any REAL thought and creativity at all into what Stormreach was supposed to LOOK LIKE? Looks like someone vomited a city made up of every half-ass fantasy-art cliche in existence.

WTF with all the holes in the ground? Want to go on a quest?? Go find a hole in the ground!!

Goofy-ass narrator.

Way too much useless and crappy loot - seriously WTF was half of that shit for??

WTF with all the G*ddamn barrels you have to smash???

WTF was the deal with searching? Seriously... WTF WAS THE DEAL WITH SEARCHING FOR G*DDAMN SECRET DOORS?!?!?!


I am absolutely mortified that the same people who made this giant pile of refuse have been handed the LotRO game too.


Racialized Trafficking in World of Warcraft {WoW}

May 24th 2006 6:30AM Oh God. Another stupid-ass "IS EVERYONE SECRETLY A BIGOT" post.

Are you THAT desperate for material?

Please... go smash your typing fingers with a hammer... or something... but for God's sake quit making us suffer this sort of crap.

E3 booth boi at N-Gage {Joystiq}

May 15th 2006 8:14AM Yet more proof that there are no Real Men left in California...

Booth babe protest: Bikinis, not bullets {Joystiq}

May 11th 2006 8:49AM Booth Babes Banned...

More proof there aren't any Real Men left in California...

New Alliance Race Revealed! {WoW}

May 10th 2006 2:14PM Download the E3 trailer with sound at our site...

MMOs: the near and distant future [Update 1] {Joystiq}

May 2nd 2006 7:46AM The whole gang over @ Terra Nova can be summed up as follows:

NEWSFLASH: Terra Nova Sez People Won't Like Hamburgers Anymore!!


Almost everyone over at Terra Nova is a BIG FLAMING LIB. They apply their personal beliefs regarding RL society to Virtual World Design - which is why all their "Progressive" ideas regarding the future of MMO's look less like a legitimate prediction of future market trends than they do a lot of old, tired, regurgitated socialist manifestos of the 20th Century.

And just like in RL their ideas will function in small, isolated, limited ways and ONLY because of the success of more traditional societiy.

In other words the only reason Sweeden can have a 70% tax rate and no military is because the USA kept the Soviet Union from overrunning and dominating their Hippie asses. To that extent games like EVE Online or ATITD (which have all these "Progressive" ideas they go ga-ga over) only work within the broader market because of the traditional giants like EQ and WoW who make the MMO a viable large scale gaming genre.

Guess what Terra Nova. 20 years from now?


WoW Moviewatch: Save the Murlocs - Part 1 {WoW}

Apr 19th 2006 6:11AM People who live in California have way too much free time on their hands.

Hollywood's UMD support dwindling -- Blu-ray next? {Joystiq}

Mar 31st 2006 9:20AM I think a big reason this is backfiring is that they are only releasing movies that appeal to teenage boys.

I had originally thought of getting a PSP because I could play games on it, and my kids could watch movies on it (like on long car trips for instance). Only when I started looking at the movies it was all violence/horror/porn bullshit - nothing I'd let my kids watch. Beyond that they don't seem to be making any good games for little kids on that thing either.

So I got a DS instead. Everybody in the Family loves it.

Playing with Disabilities: Sound in Ahn'Qiraj {WoW}

Mar 3rd 2006 8:20AM Yes. And the fact that it has pictures discriminates against blind people.

DAMN that was dumb dude!!


Sony's MMO marketing shows signs of desperation {Joystiq}

Feb 17th 2006 4:00PM So I guess trolling Joystiq's comments page is just another form of "Marketing" these days Kramer? No wonder you guys are getting your arse's kicked.

Nobody's bashing what player-base you DO have right now - what everyone is noticing is the fact that there seems to be ZERO hope of improvement for SOE in the future. You're leadership is stuck in a creative and ideological rut that was dead and buried 5 years ago.

800,000 today - 400K tomorrow? 200K the next? And you expect Blizzard and NC Soft to just "Go Away"? What about Red 5 and some of the other start-ups that are showing genuine talent? Maybe you'll find a day-job writing books like Koster once you start to actually acknowledge the reality of the situation.

Get back to work Kramer! And stop wasting your lunch breaks trying to convince us SOE isn't going down in flames.