August 2010

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Huge grats to Bryan Cranston for winning Best Actor and Aaron Paul for Best Supporting Actor at last nights Emmy awards. Usually i don't care about these over bloated award shows due to my absolute hatred for anything on network TV. But since Breaking Bad is my favorite show and since i love AMC, i'll make an exception.

Not bad for a show about a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer, who decides to start cooking meth to make sure his family is provided for once he's gone. This isn't a show one can just start watching new episodes of and appreciating. It's very important to start at the beginning of season 1 which did a wonderful job of character development, and continue from there. The show emphasizes that the world doesn't work in black and white or right and wrong.

I was finally able to snag a beta code and have a go at a game i've been waiting 4 years for. I'll start off by saying that i realize this is the beta version and things may change before release, but unfortunately it's not bugged mechanics or lag that has me concerned. Sure that plays a part but it's something i can get over. What i cannot get over is the core the game itself was built on.

Firstly, the game world itself and the art style are absolutely beautiful. I expected no less from SE and i see they went all out in making a gorgeous environment for us to get lost in.

Ok, so here come the bad parts, or i should say what i consider bad. Some of these have been mentioned to death in various threads all over the place but what ever, i'll repeat them because i can. A few of these i was so used to in XI that i didn't notice how bad they were until i expanded outside of that closed world.

  • XIV is built around the same clunky movements as XI. I should say lack or freedom of movement really because that's what it really comes down to. This time around there's also stop and start animations which look fantastic but make you feel that you have no control over your character for those split seconds. The absence of a jump or swim option, though not game breaking, also make you feel that you're on rails the entire time. Chasing mobs around while unable to navigate tiny ledges or rocks is completely unacceptable to me.

  • The combat itself was the most disappointing aspect for me. Once again we're locked into place by animations and unable to move should we need to avoid spells or skills from mobs. Forget about moving while casting or performing any abilities. Oh and that lovely active and passive mode when engaging mobs also locks you in place for a second. While that may not seem like much, it really adds up after a few hours. There's nothing fluid in anything you do and really makes for an experience i would call anything but fun.

  • The combat speed itself seemed fine to me so no complaints there. I do wonder how multiple mobs will be handled as tabbing between mobs is almost impossible. The hate system while in a party seems to be completely wonky also but i'm sure that's something that will easily be fixed in the next month.

  • The UI, oh the lovely UI. Get ready to navigate through 10 different menus if you want to do anything. Are you sure you want to do that? Please confirm! Yes the on screen portions of the UI can be moved anywhere, which is a given now a days, but there's no option to quickly access anything such as character sheets, inventory, or quest books. I think i spent half of my time searching through menu after menu, which by the way is server side so there was a 2 second lag for everything. There's also no drag and drop option so even loading skills onto my action bar is a tedious mess. Too many clicks to get anything done is not efficient and god forbid i'm in a situation where i have to do something in a hurry. At this time there's no option to resize anything or a way to keep your action bars on screen full time.

  • The controls were a nightmare. I made it about 5 minutes into the game before i had to stop using my mouse and keyboard and switch to a controller. There's no hardware mouse option and SE decided to go with a software one instead. What that means is the cursor lags like hell all across your screen and is really not accurate. Trying to click NPC's or mobs was virtually impossible for me which made doing anything a drag. No pun intended. There was also no option to move with the mouse and rotate camera while holding both buttons down, which is what i like to do. I will say that the controller worked perfectly and it took me under 5 min to remember my settings for XI.

All in all i would say this game is being rushed out the door at least 6 months too early. There doesn't seem to be any content other than a few Leve's and basically leveling. No info on whether we'll have some low and mid level instances or even level 50 ones at this time. This was the first beta where i just wanted to log off after a few hours of play. Once the initial fun of exploration ended, there just wasn't anything that made me want to continue playing. This is where i feel the lack of any PVP also hurts as we could keep ourselves busy. Almost everyone i played the beta with feels the same way and as of right now i don't think i'll be playing at launch, or possibly ever. Well see Tuesday for open beta in hopes that some of the glaring issues are solved, but then again, the main issues i have are the core of the game itself.

I'll simply state that i fucking love the art style and what Anet is doing with this game. I didn't really enjoy the first GW as it was way too instanced and closed off, but GW2 with a persistent world sounds phenomenal. No monthly fee also means i can get my fantasy fix while playing TOR.

I know it's sorta frowned upon to be playing on a private server, but i'm not really taking this seriously. I've been screwing around on an Aion private server for a few months now just passing time until FFXIV.

It is what it is and honestly, it's a shame that the game is more fun here than in retail. Basically this server is a high rate PVP server, which means the ridiculously boring grind has been replaced completely. It takes only a few hours to ding 55 and after that it's non stop PVP full time.

It's also not really an MMO this way, but that's not really was i was looking for anyways. I usually like to sink large amounts of time into a game when i think i'm going to be in it for a long period of time. This is not it. FFXIV is around the corner, but until then i'm having fun killing people.

Here's my Gladiator and Ranger doing what Aion is best known for....grinding.

If you haven't seen this film yet, go now.

I've been a Nolan fanboy ever since one of my jackass friends insisted i watch Memento back in 2000. Now i'm not saying the man is Kubrick or Lean, but i love the way he puts his movies together.

Been anticipating this movie since it popped up online about a year ago and i wasn't disappointed. I'm not gonna get into the plot or story, as there's a million other topics about it all over the place. I'll just say that it's a fantastic film with a ridiculously great score (which i think made the film).

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