We’re going to wreck the entire EVE economy September 30, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online.
It’s time to inflict Goonswarm’s rage on Empire once again. Jihadswarm was a way for Goons to cause suffering and rage in unsuspecting pubbies, who (naturally) had no idea that they could be hurt in empire space. Unfortunately, Jihadswarm had few lasting effects on the EVE universe. By hitting everywhere, it failed to hit hard enough in any one spot. That all has changed now, as the finance team has come up with a way to hit a small slice of empire space, and yet have a much larger impact. The isolated pain of random pubbies is not enough. It is time for Goonswarm to hurt everyone in EVE, and so reap the misery of a wronged universe.
I knew it had been too quiet in EVE.
CCP hands out new captain’s quarters.
The Mittani throws the mob red meat.
How am I Enjoying Your Closed Beta? What Closed Beta? September 30, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Misc MMOs, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Tags: Closed Beta, EA
Email fun for the night.
A message arrived asking me to take a survey. It said:
We hope you are enjoying participating in the Game Testing Program and want to thank you for helping shape the most anticipated MMO to date.
We’ve posted a fun short survey for game testers, and the results have been really interesting so far. Answer a few questions and see what your fellow testers are thinking.
So this email came from a well known game company in regards to, as they said, “the most anticipated MMO to date.” Said MMO is in closed beta and, I think, still under an NDA which forbids you from even telling people you are in said closed beta, so we’ll just omit names. I don’t want to spoil anything.
Which might be a wasted effort, as there does not appear to be anything to spoil.
The thing is, a far as I know, I am NOT in the closed beta for this anticipated MMO, and believe me, I have been watching my inbox and spam folder just in case. Nothing in my account indicates that I might be in said closed beta. In fact, the information required to be in your profile to get into the beta was flagged as “incomplete” on my account.
On top of which, the link that is supposed to take you to the survey… totally doesn’t work.
Right now I think a certain company is just messing with me now. Damn them.
Addendum: It seems I am not alone. I guess I can say who it is, but I sort of liked my semi-subtle approach.
Addendum 2: EA/BioWare make a statement.
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!
Reminds me of the time we were working with an email classification vendor as part of a project for the Royal Automobile Club. They did a test pass on some archived email, which the RAC had provided, using their company email server, which promptly sent replies to the actual customers who had already been replied to previously. Not a confidence building event.
How is the Weather on Planet Michael? September 29, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Humor, Misc MMOs.
Tags: Bad Ideas, Bennett Ring, Michael Jackson, Michael Nesmith, Planet Michael
This came up about a year ago.
A bit later there was some sort of announcement about the developer, Special Entertainment Events, Inc. (SEE) buying some Entropia Universe content called Planet Calypso (Calyspo wasn’t one of Michael’s genres, was it?) from MindArk, the makers of Entropia Universe, for some 6 million dollars, a move which did not make a lick of sense to me, but made somebody rich… or at least got somebody out of hock.
And then there was a short blurb this past June on MindArk’s site that mentioned that they were were no longer in partnership with SEE.
MindArk wants to inform our users that the cooperation between SEE and MindArk has been terminated. From now on, MindArk will run the operation of Planet Calypso. Participants of the Entropia Universe will not in any way be affected.
And somewhere along the line there was the promise of a late 2011 release… according to the Wikipedia entry at least… an entry that seems to be more about the developer than Planet Michael. (Said developer seems to be primarily in the business of operating mobile theme parks. Theme park operator to run an MMO! Somebody tell SynCaine.) Oh and that date got mentioned in a few of the interviews, including the one with the Daily Telegraph.
I guess they still have a “gallery” of screen shots, both of which show you locations you will be able to visit in game… like that street… from that music video…
And of course… that graveyard… from that other music video… from like almost 30 years ago…
So you must admit, things do not look good for Planet Michael. My prediction of a year ago that nothing would ever come of this seems to be looking pretty good right about now.
Meanwhile, in what will no doubt become a too often recurring joke of EuroGamer proportions around these parts, GameSpy’s Bennett Ring is reported to be working on another story, this one about what Planet Michael would be like if it were about Michael Nesmith.
Given how things appear now, this Planet Michael looks as likely to happen as any other… and it would have that whole Liquid Paper angle with which to work.
Stop That Steam, It Is Not Going to Work! September 29, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Rift.
I’m not going to buy it. No. But at $10, I am tempted just in case I might want to play some day.
Oh Yeah… Isengard… September 28, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Lord of the Rings Online.
Tags: Rise of Isengard
I got home last night and went to log into LOTRO and there was a big patch… which I suppose was only a surprise to me.
Most of what the expansion means to me has already been available to me. My highest level character is only in Moria and when I have been playing, I have been grouped up with a mid-30s characters going through Evendim. I am still playing in pre-Moria content. But we’re happy doing that for the moment.
So the expansion means mostly an experience boost item, a nifty mount, a nice cosmetic outfit.
Sure, there are some changes that apply to me. Some stat consolidation, which is probably a good thing, since I hadn’t bothered to figure out what some of the proliferation of stats meant in the first place. (And with devs making up new stats and then getting rid of them. We had a bunch of that in WoW and EQ2 as I recall.)
Fortunately, Jaquoette at Kitty Kitty Boom Boom has nicely summarized the release notes so even I can figure out what is going on. Thank you so much for that!
Anyway, I patched up and the game seems to be running fine for me. But I am a bit behind the curve… which can be good.
We will see this coming weekend, if the group gets together, how any of the changes really impact us. I thought there was something in one of the class updates about minstrels losing medium armor or some such. Garfinkel might be a little more exposed.
But it will be a while before we see the Isengard or the pinnacle or Orthanc.
Items from the Mail Bag – Everybody Wants Some Edition September 27, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment, Mail Bag.
Tags: Bigpoint, Jason Scott, Raptr, SEO, Tom Joad, Zynga
Another look into the TAGN in box to see what has come my way in the last month or so. Nobody wants to write a post for my site or come write for their site this month.
- Raptr wants me to tell me about all the statistics they have about ‘ville games in their Raptr Report on Zynga Games. One of the things they note is the high conversion rate of players from one ‘ville game to another. Is that a good thing?
- Zynga wants me to please come back and play FarmVille. They need to read the Raptr report above. I have long since converted through other Zynga games. I am currently at Empires & AlliesVille, and there is no going back. Ever. For me at least. I am Tom Joad, traveling west to the promised land of California.
- Zynga, taking the opposite tack, also wants me to come play their new-ish game, Adventure WorldVille. At least somebody gets the whole conversion direction thing there at Zynga.
- Outspark wants me to know that Luvinia Online is out of open beta, online, and the race to level 78 is on! Just what I needed. Has anybody been waiting for this? It looks very Anime. Somebody tell Darren.
- BlogTopSites.com wants me to know that as a registered user, I can also get on their Bloglog.com listing. While I tinkered with their site at one point, and even had their chicklet on my side bar for a while, I decided being listed against sites promising “Club Penguin Cheats!” and what we would have referred to back in the BBS days as “waerz sites” probably was not in my best interest. So we’re done with that, but I am still on the mailing list.
- Merle Klein, the SEO specialist at Bigpoint GmbH, wants to do a link exchange between this site and three of Bigpoint’s game sites, Drakensang, Farmerama (really?), and Dark Orbit. Which is kind of strange. It is like Safeway coming over to my house to discuss a cross-promotion between their chain of grocery stores and the garage sale I am going to hold in two weeks. While the deal seemed to be much in my favor, I don’t really play the SEO game here. I’m not that interested in traffic and Google already sends enough people here based on weird search terms as it is.
- Erika from somewhere around Dallas wants to put a banner ad on my site and wants me to send her a price list. Since she did not mention what sort of ad, I am going to guess that this is either a scam or that the ad is clearly something I wouldn’t want to post in the first place.
- Raptr also wanted me to know that they have surpassed 10 million registered users. Good for them. I still only have 17 connections on the service and it primarily serves as a warning that I am coming to pee in their bushes in The Sims Social.
- And finally, Jason Scott, legendary collect of all computer related documentation, founder of The Archive Team, free range archivist at the Internet Archive, and creator of BBS: The Documentary and text adventure documentary GET LAMP, both of which I totally want to see and actually tried to order but they never got delivered despite Jason insisting they had been shipped and eventually I got my money back but now I am afraid to simply try and order them again lest things go awry again… *breath*… he wants me (and you) to know that he has a Kickstarter pageto help fund three new documentaries he wants to do.The planned topics are the medium of tape (cool), the 6502 Processor (very cool), and video game arcades (cool cool cool). You can read about his plans, hear about why he needs the money, see how much he has collected so far ($72K at this point), and donate if you would like to help out by going to his Kickstarter pager here. There are 45 days left to go and the minimum pledge is $10.
And Now To Fret About a SWTOR Grace Period… September 27, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Yes, we have a release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic. So now retailers handling pre-orders have to get themselves lined up for that date as well.
And so an email from Amazon.com about my order was not unexpected.
We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on July 21 2011. The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date:
“Star Wars: The Old Republic”
Previous estimated arrival date: January 04 2012
New estimated arrival date: December 23 2011
If you want to check on the progress of your order, take a look at this page in Your Account:
So Amazon says I should have the box on December 23. However, the game goes live on December 20.
And while I have my early access code, nothing on the SWTOR Pre-Order FAQ page says anything about that code being able to bridge the gap between launch date and when I actually get the box.
All I can find is this little mention on the FAQ, which may or may not cover my situation:
Please note: Your copy of the Game may not be reserved for collection after the launch date; check with your preferred retailer for details.
In the past some games, like Lord of the Rings Online, allowed a period of post launch access based on the pre-order code. Other games have been… less accommodating. That quote sounds like EA might be trending towards the latter, which doesn’t seem much like the Christmas spirit. It will be nearly Christmas after all, one of the busier seasons for package shipments, so I would guess that there might be a few boxes showing up late. It would be nice if nobody had to worry about that.
I suppose there is still well over two months to go before we are in any danger of being allowed into early access. Plenty of time to work this out.
Begun the Count Down to Christmas Has! September 25, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, lego.
Tags: LEGO Advent Calendar, Star Wars
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If it wasn’t enough that Star Wars: The Old Republic was practically slated for a Christmas release, the LEGO people have their own irresistible angle on the season.
We already get the LEGO advent calendar every year as it is. But when you throw Star Wars into the mix… well… there is already one sitting on our kitchen table even as I write this. It isn’t even October yet.
But I am a little paranoid. The LEGO City advent calendar sold out from the online LEGO store pretty quickly last year, though I was able to walk into our local LEGO store and grab one off the shelf no problem. So I wasn’t going to tell you about it until I had mine home and secure.
Okay, so maybe Yoda in the Santa role is a bit odd.
He doesn’t seem like the candy cane and presents type to me, but I always picture the Degobah Yoda, when he was a senile cranky old coot. And since the Star Wars Holiday Special is canon (at least C-canon), who am I to quibble about Yoda in a Santa suit?
Beside which, tiny little LEGO ships!
I couldn’t say no.
(Watch out though, Toys R Us is currently charging $10 more than LEGO is for the calendar.)