Friday, September 30, 2011

the Swtor beta mail gate or the swtorgate

So that was a new way for me to wake up. Checked my phone, saw two mails from bioware. Something about beta.


Turned on pc, logged into saw nothing new. Got confused. Read email more in depth than just the header. Oh fyi this is what the mails looked like

And this is what the headers looked like (those are taken from Reddit)

Turns out it was all a huge mistake, because I am still not in any beta

Earlier today, two e-mails were sent to members of the Star Wars: The Old Republic community. These e-mails were sent to a larger group than intended, and have caused some confusion in the community. We can confirm that these e-mails were from EA and BioWare and apologize for any confusion they have caused. Please note that receiving these e-mails does not affect your chances to be invited to test the game. Thank you all for your understanding! 

Some people are (and I am not kidding here) threatening to cancel their order of the game over this. Personally, something like this doesn't bother me. It was a human error and not anything deliberate. Bioware has made it clear that this means nothing to the beta-testing status of those who received me mails (aka we are not flagged as having participated and will therefor not be eligible for another test). Those of us who received this erroneous mail are neither better or worse of than anyone else. We where just lucky to get this years best wake-up call.

I am still looking forward to the game, very much so. And I am still very much hoping to get into beta (either testing or a weekend) so I can honey-pot lure more of my friends to start playing this.

You can do it guys, get that Swtor

 So in short: Got a fun email, doesn't affect anything. Still looking forward to the game.
Happy escalated f5 day everyone (aka friday-update day)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Let's get happy about SWTOR again - tank classes

..Or I guess, rather, let's get me happy about swtor again.

There has been some snickering at bloggers who felt sour on this whole release date thing
@SwtorLife Cynical much? Sheesh
And I guess that indirectly hits me too. And I know it is a silly of me to feel weird about how they launched the whole release date news, considering the build up it had. Well, it is out of my system now. I'm done complaining.

Now I am just longing for some more in depth on the classes, how their mechanics work. For example, is the Sith Warrior -Juggernaut - immortal class, will it work like (dare I compare? Is it even fair? - Well It seems I dare rhyme) Wow's warrior class? building up rage to perform actions ect. - Will it have a shield?

I've heard that the Sith inquisitor's mechanics are very similar to a hybrid of the Blood-Death knight and rogue, dodging attacks... or maybe not, I hear lot's of things and they sometimes counter each-other. But I have no idea.
- Then again, I don't really have an interest in the inquisitor, because honestly, I find the idea of that class tanking and healing, to be very... odd, given the class is in my eyes a spanish inquisitor, remade. And they don't heal nobody, nor do they take any form of beatings for anyone. Maybe that's just me.

What I am concerned about, is how the two other tanks on the Empire side of things, and that is the immortal (sith warrior) and The Shield tech (Bounty hunter)

Start up, the best overview I've seen is from AskaJedi and it's coloumn 'The Bacta tank'
Not a whole lot, but enough to get an idea of what's what. So for me, my choice is between this guy (can't seem to figure out how to put in a video from youtube that starts at a specific point, in any other way than link)
They spiky haired little tween-boy's wet dream who's 'hate knows no bounds'.

OR the boring version of the trooper. Thats not true, bounty hunter tanks, tank with flamethrowers, so... Win.

Only thing is, that I can't tell the different spec of bounty hunter apart:

 Lore wise I like, no, I LOVE em both, so there is no problem there. I can certainly see myself enjoying both stories. As explained above, I am not sure that the Sith warrior, is designed for a player like me. So far, what they have released the Sith warrior seem to be a one dimensional teenage-angry-kid. Same kind of people who where a fan of He-man because he had such a huge... sword. It is the impotent kid, who finds a violence fantasy to relate to, in order to get the power-feel he is lacking in his daily life.
I am hoping they nuance this a bit (like they did in Deceived) but so far, no such luck - for me.

The bounty hunter on the other hand, seems to be made for someone without ego-problems (playing a star wars game and not being a force-user..) but still has some ego-issues (flamethrower, c'mon :D), and that is really me. I love being off-tank and that is what i read the bounty hunter tank to be; still the tank, but not a force-user tank. They guy who gets the job done, by any means necessary.

So until I get a better feel for how the classes work, I am picking the bounty hunter, and I am getting kindda psyched about too :D

Monday, September 26, 2011

Feeling weird about how Swtor was announced

For anyone who might've missed it: SWtOR has announced it's release on Dec 20/22 (depending on where you live).

Firstly I am thrilled to see that Biowares pricing people have discovered that there is a difference between the value of euro and usd  so I won't feel robbed every month. yea!

Now the part where I feel weird.

For so very long, the word about a release date was a unified "You will know well in advance when the game is coming" examplified with Stephen 'Rockjaw' Reid telling us all to stop reading into everything and

 I've said before that an announcement as big as release date will be so big, it'll come thundering towards us and we'll all hear it long before it arrives. That train's coming... but so far, I'd just say we've laid down some early track.
The whole train thing even became a twitter joke
 Rockjaw: Someone sent me a hat. I won’t tell you what it is, because knowing you lot, you’ll freak out. But person who sent it? It’s here.  (July 1. 2011.)
Rockjaw: Disclaimers: Hat does not imply anything. It is merely a hat. No train is coming (yet). Do not panic. Do not adjust your set. (July 1. 2011.)
 What i'm getting at is this, when we for so long had been told that we would have no doubt when a big announcement like the release date was coming, only to have it sprung on us, what else can't be believed.

I am sort of willingly naive when it comes to marketing. I realize that there is no greater joy than the joy of expectation. So when biowares representatives claim to be on the level and then do a 180 and go against what they have been telling us, I cannot help but feel that my trust in the bioware comunity reps have taken a blow.

"Wait, you are pissed that they gave us a release date? What is wrong with you??"

yea I know, it may seem weird to some, and I am not pissed, I'm just not feeling a great need to trust anything bioware reps say anymore. "We care about story" -no, don't buy it. "we want to make a great game" - like you did with DA:O ?

To me, it is like this, your favorite uncle comes by and say

"Hey kids, I've got some candy for ya! I ordered in online, and they haven't send it to me yet, but i'll let you know when it comes so we can all enjoy it together"

Then a week later you go into your living room and see a great stoking big bowl filled with candy sitting there
"Oh yea" your Uncle says "candy came yesterday".

Now part of you is happy (cuz theres candy) - but would you trust him the next time he makes a promise?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dwarves are classy!

I have a confession to make, for the last 3 months I’ve… done something.

 I've re-subbed wow. 

What got me back? The undead 1-20 experience.
 I read so many places about how great it was, story and quest and game-wise, that I got the free level play thing and went back in. Well before I had gone from 1-15 I had already resubbed and was back on the Alliance side on my Death Knight tank, testing out the new ZG.
Then our Retardin happened. I won’t name names here, suffice to say that he is a dick with arms. Arms that can type on keyboards. I hate him (not really, it’s supposed to be a funny intro to the next part). Mostly I hate him, because he knows me all to well, for someone who is supposed to only know me through my toons in raids.
What he did was this: He looked at our guilds achievements and noticed that we where missing two “classy” achieves. One for pretty-boring-jumpy-freaks aka night elfs, and one for Heroic-awesome lager-drinking-super-beings, aka Dwarves.
He then noticed that both where missing the Mage-component and then he scoured the guild-lists for suckers. What he did to convince one of our lovely healing priests to roll nelf mage, I’ll never know. I just pray that no unborn virgin-children or unicorns where hurt. But the fact was, that when I returned to Sempher fi, she was well into her 70’s loving fire in dungeons. Now what he did to me… That was just down-right diablolical. 
Oh disclaimer: the last two sentences are most likely completely made up, this is just how I imagined it. It may not even have been his idea, nor something he did consciously. As a matter of fact, I have no way of knowing that the priest herself didn’t get drunk of her face and decided to roll a smelly nelf.

Back to the story.
One day while playing on alts, I got a /w from our Retardin. “hey long time no see” It started. He then went on to talk about a mix of old times in raids. Good old times, fond old times. Times of when I had time to raid. He commented on that fact, that I did not raid any longer, and what a shame that was. And then it began.
Again, this is just to make an amusing anecdote, I doubt he is a scheming evul genius, but this way it just makes for a better story, and regardless, the important thing is, that this is how it *woked* on me.

-          Come to think of it, he did manage to play ret even back in Vanilla (sometimes) so he just might be an evul genius.   

Erhm hrrrrm. Then it began. “The guild sure could use that achievement for the guild perk it gives”.  ”Man if only we had someone who wanted to level a Dwarf mage, I guess it is because we don’t really have any Dwarf lovers left since Thorixus left the guild”.
 Okay I am actually 100% certain he didn't say this, but it adds flavor. Thor was a beloved guild member and Dwarf connoisseur who would battle me and a dwarf hunter in guild on who thought that Dwarves where the most awesomest race ever (we all won, when you play Dwarf, it is win for everyone. Never forget stoneform).
Well if nothing else, it reminded me of all the great times I had had with my dwarf alts, and Dwarf playing guildies. I remembered names like Brandi who I have not seen play since back in vanilla. So emotionally I was hooked. Who would defend the proud Dwarfes in guild, if not me? Whom,whom I ask?!?

And then came the final blow. The sucker punch. “it would really mean a lot to the guild and I know [raid leader] has been asking for it, for a long time.” Oh right, [raid leader], the guy who taught me to tank, and whom I feel I owe so very much to, in terms of learning to play, raid and love! Well at least play raid and tank… ehhm.
So I was emotionally hooked, I felt indebted-ly hooked, and I am and always will be a tank. So when I see a damsel in distress (in this case, my guild) and I can rescue her (my guild) I jump to it!
I know I have what has sometimes been described as the “white knight” complex. The biggest feeling I had when I stopped raiding was, that I felt like I let down my guildies. They had been there for me for so many years, and now this baby came and I couldn’t make any of the raid-nights, or weekend 10 manned raids any longer. I felt terrible. For months after I had stopped. I never really missed the game, itself, I missed my guildies. So when I got the chance to return the favor, to feel like we where square on me abandoning them to be an ugly boring adult. AND I got to help dwarves look good AND I got to feel like I was contributing to the guild and not just leeching of their guild-rank perks. Well, had I really any choice?
My old level 40-something human mage was deleted and dreamster  was born.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Well not so little, I think its sort of a big conspiracy. But I do believe that Warlocks will love this news: Mages are effing boring to play.

Frost is really a fun spec, if it wasn’t for that elemental being. Not only did it stand on top of me all the time (like I was a warlock or something), but it has little to no use whatsoever. At least on my hunter I could use my pets to something more than just a dot. Why Blizzard implemented that … thing, I’ll never understand. Now I get why they have been so uptight about no other classes getting a pet.

Fire. Fire is horrible. At lower levels you oneshot targets with fireblast, making all the dot mechanics useless, and at higher levels.. ugh. No control and combustion is just. Well anyone who claims to love combustion (with or without combustion helper addon) are… not me. It is a fighechty twitchy playstyle that just makes for so much un-fun. The aoe in dungeons is fun, at least compared to frost and Arcane, so just a little more fun than watching grass grow.

Arcane. Fun..ish. Id rather play my hunter or lock for ranged, but it beats shadow-priests imo. I never got that whole “burn/conserve” rotation in game, since solo, you never had that issue, and in dungeons I still topped the charts without worrying. But I could see that as a fun thing in raids.

So I am sort of sick of myself and proud of myself for making it to 85 (well before that smelly nelf, who had a 70-something level headstart on me). Decked out in Heirlooms and not playing very often (so I had rested bonus a lot of the time) it took me a combined 3 days and 3 hours 40 min to go from level 1-85

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lack of great class choices for Diablo 3

My biggest problem with the upcoming Diablo game, isn't that I am more excited about GoW (a frikking shooter) than a franchise I litterally spend my entire youth playing. It is not the fact that the only Beta-invite I seem to be able to get my hands on is in a mail asking me

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No, my biggest problem is the fact that none of the Classes hold *any* interest to me. None. I'd rather (much much rather) be playing any of the three followers 
Enchanter, Templar & Scoundrel

 Than I would the 5 classes. None of them seem at all interesting to me. 
Which Doctor
Looks like someone has seem one too many "vodoo is magic for black people" documentaries. They look daft and remind me of something out of 'Resident Evil V'. I could not see myself enjoying playing that for any amount of time.

Demon hunter

"It's a cross-bow thats a machine-gun, and we'll have two because reloading is for suckers". It would make the producers of Van Hellsing hide in shame. 

Wizard is the "We can't call them Mages anymore because we used that name in WoW, and we can't call them Sorceress no more because we want male options too". All I hear is 'You are a wizard Harry' whenever I see the name. Also, keeping with the negative, I've never enjoyed any form of casters in any game I can recall. So lets move on to some more likely candidates for the type of player I am. 

Would I have liked him more in full plate with a shield? yes. Do I like the idea that he reminds me of Logan nine-fingers? More than I can explain here. Unfortunately I fear that so many years ago in Vanilla, dealing with fury warriors wiping everything, has vanned me off any class that is all about wielding as big a phallus as possible. It does look as though he can dual-wield, but anything that class do will - in my eyes- just be a poor substitute for the old D2 paladin.

So that leaves me the


(He knows Kung-fu) Okay so I was a huge fan of the monk in the old games. Only thing that bothered me, was the fact that (as I recall it) they couldn't gear up, and there is something to be said about gearing up in a game all about item-drops. Well that has all been fixed now! So why aren't I overhyped for this class?
Why haven't I watched the trailer to bits? (Other than the fact that compared to some of the other classes, this one just looks plain stupid). I dunno, maybe it is because that whenever I look at swtors classes - and want to play each and everyone badly- or look at Diablo 3's frikking compaion classes and want to play them so much more than the actual classes. I'm left wanting.

I think the point of D3 is that I am no longer a teenager playing Diablo. Since the last game I've grown up. This game seems to be made for 12 year old boys (about the age I had when the first game came out). I mean, just look at this trailer
Clearly made for someone who is either a kid, or want to pretend to be one.

I guess that is fine. Not all games should be made for every demographic, and this time around, and I don't fit in with the target audience. Shame really. I grew up on these games. These games are the foundation for me still playing Blizzard games. I loved em, and it always saddens me to feel I've outgrown something.

Guess I'll keep an eye for Tobolds lovely blog and his talk about the Beta. If an old man like him can love (or even like) the game, then maybe I can too. For now, out of lack of better choices, I think I'll be playing the Barbarian. At least he looks my age...