Archive for the ‘Off-topic’ category

Aion Vision Trailer

25/11/2009

For those of you who haven’t seen the Aion Vision Trailer yet, where have you been?! Anyway, embedded here for convenience, and because I love it! What are general opinions on it? What did you spot?

I hear that this is being released as a series of patches, rather than specifically as a paid-for expansion, but we’ll see if that’s true. It was released at a very good time, closely following 16,000 accounts being banned for RMT or botting, or various other transgressions, and I know a lot of people were beginning to doubt NC Soft or even leaving. Hopefully this stems the tide!

What I can see from this video is the following:

  • Updated graphics settings (shadows, lighting etc)
  • Mounts – you can grab them mid-combat, and it appears some can engage in combat
  • New flight animations
  • Improved combat animations
  • New skillchains/skills
  • New weapons – crossbow for example
  • Housing – player or legion
  • Swimming and underwater regions
  • New zones

There’s another blog entry about it over at Quirky Quiescence, take a peek!

Gender Roles in MMOs

13/11/2009

This is probably going to come off as a controversial post, but I’d like to ask some questions and perhaps create a discussion. Really just getting my thoughts out.

I’ve noticed in my gaming years that a large portion of the female characters in an MMO are played by males IRL. This is no surprise, and no new development. In fact, I’m sure many of the males reading this blog have or do play female characters. Why is this? I’ve heard various reasons portratyed so far, such as the old faithful, “If I’m going to be staring at someone’s butt for hours on end, it may as well be a woman’s!” What are your reasons for playing a character who is not of your gender? And let’s not leave anyone out here, what are your reasons for playing a character who is of your gender?

Personally, I’ve been roleplaying for years, and I find it very difficult to get into the mindset of a man. I’m starting to do so nowadays for writing purposes (the main character in my latest project is male, and I’m writing from his perspective), but for personal preferences’ sake, I like to design my character to look like a pretty lady. Think Residual Self Image; sometimes I just design them to look how I would like to in that world.

This leads on to my next point. Frequently, a female character is referred to as ‘dude’ or ‘man’ or ‘he’. Is this simply because in general a lot of MMO players used to be male? Let’s face it, while perhaps a large proportion of them still are, there are many more female gamers than there were, say, five or ten years ago. I fall into this pitfall myself; I refer to female characters as ‘she’ all the time. Why? Because I make the assumption that a female character is played by a female player, even when I know better.

To those ladies out there, does it offend you or bother you to be referred to as a guy when you’re not? Does it make you uncomfortable? Do you correct the people who call you ‘dude’ or ‘man’? I used to, but I stopped a long time ago because personally I don’t feel it’s relevant. If it’s someone I’ve befriended, I’ll kindly point them in the right direction, or if a person directly asks me I’ll be honest, but I don’t want to appear to be ‘boasting’ about my femininity simply because there ‘aren’t many of us’ (even if there really are, these days). And to the guys in the same position reversed, what are your thoughts? This is getting awfully diluted, but like I said, just a way of getting my thoughts out. I’m curious!

Internet security.

18/10/2009

I recommend that everyone using Firefox (and everyone else, just for good measure) checks out this article.  The basics are that there’s a Microsoft .NET add-on installed to Firefox without the user’s permission, and may cause serious security problems on your PC.  I read this in various communities so I was sure to go and get rid of the pesky add-on.  See here for instructions on how to remove.

The theory is that due to the kind of security breach this add-on can cause, any kind of account, be it bank account, email account, game account, whatever, can be affected.  Whichever it is you want to protect (note that I’m clinging to my Psyche for all dear life!) I suggest you get rid of that add-on pronto!

So spread it round, let everyone know.

I’m not being rude!

16/10/2009

Just a very quick note to let you guys know that I am reading your blog entries and, believe it or not, commenting.  For some reason some people don’t receive my comments.  I’m guessing I’ve blocked a cookie somewhere and the comments just aren’t being saved.

I’ll fix it!