Tuesday, July 24, 2007

OMFG!!!!

Guild Wars SUCKS. In SO many ways. Seriously, just pony up the $12-15/mo and play World of Warcraft. You'll be doing yourself a huge favor. Here's a brief list of things that irritate the holy shit out of me about Guild Bores.

I can't manage to click on the ONE pixel of a guy that's running by that will actually SELECT him, let alone double-clicking to attack. Which reminds me...single click should select a guy, and go ahead and steal from WoW here and let single RIGHT-clicking attack or interact. GOD.

Aggro range and area of awareness is totally illogical. I can shoot a guy standing in a crowd, and only he and the one other guy linked to him will come running. The others are oblivious. WHA? Or I'm pounding the crap out of some dood and his buddies come patrolling by, completely oblivious to what's going on even though they walked right THRU me.

Then there are times you'll wander into a room full of people of, say level 3, and they spot you and mob you from 100 yards away, then the next room will have similar level 3s who won't attack you even if you walk up and tap them on the shoulder. WTF?

My pet is stupid. He's entirely one-dimensional. I can't control him, tell him who to attack, can't use him to pull anyone off of me since he can't manage aggro or hold it to save his life.

The interface for selling items is retarded. Why not just let me sell straight out of my bags (like WoW)?? Why pull up a second screen, and not even let me filter the gear I have in my custom weapon slots so I don't sell the wrong thing because of the game's unintuitive redundant bullshit?

Collectors? For what? I can run halfway across a vacant level to trade 3 baked husks (i.e., garbage) to a guy who'll trade them for an item that sells for 9g.....WHEN I COULD JUST SELL THE HUSKS DIRECTLY TO THE NEAREST VENDOR FOR 9G. Who the fuck would bother?

Quests that REQUIRE you to get some other fag to party with you...and for what? Just for the sake of partying with you, and doing such exciting tasks as "come hold this lever for me while I run thru the gate it opens....you can't come with me, and after I run thru I'm going to dump you from the party, so HURRY UP AND JOIN ME!!"

Camera that doesn't just move gradually around the terrain or zoom in, but goes VWOOM VWEE up and down all over the fucking place since it can't figure out what to do with that rock it just collided with. If you're not standing in an empty FLAT field fighting the most boring creatures known to man, you will hate the game. And fighting said boring creatures will make you hate it, too.

GOD. Fighting high lvl murlocs for eternity is better than this.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

WE'RE BACK!

Or maybe it's just WE'RE HERE! if you never read the MandM blog before. If not, get caught up, fools. We've been gone since November, now sporting an email-to-email format since we don't talk on AIM much anymore. The man hath taken our souls and forced them into cubicles, thus we caint talk online till 4am no mo'.
http://lifebymandm.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 16, 2007

PS3, or not PS3

I was perfectly happy waiting to get a PS3 until some games actually came out, comfy in the fact that we (the U.S.) weren't getting screwed out of hardware backward compatibility for all PS2 and PS1 games. The recent price drop from $600 to $500 didn't phase me either since I still didn't want any of the meager offerings currently available for the system.

Then I read this explanation for the price drop, and how it's really only being done to get people to buy a system no one cares about. There are only so many that are going to be available at this price, but again, meh. Then another nugget came out, stating that we ARE in fact getting screwed just like our friends across the Atlantic, and that the Emotion Engine will be removed to lower costs, screwing over hardware backward compatibility for the vastly inferior and far less supported route of software emulation.

So not only are they shoving the old unsold launch systems at us under the guise of a lower price point, but it's actually the better version of the hardware (you can always give yourself a much bigger hard drive later, as posted here), and the new version that they're actually saving money on, they're raising the price of, in a sense.

So now I face having to buy a console I'm not really ready to buy that has nothing to play on it, or lose the one key hardware feature I even give a crap about right now. It'd be like knowing the PS2 was going to lose DVD playback functionality six months after release, since that was a big selling point for me 6.5 years ago.

The only reasonable option I see is to put a 60GB PS3 on layaway somewhere and hope that something worthwhile comes out in the next 90 days to justify the asking price. At that point, I can choose to take it or leave it. But I don't like it. Sony is eroding even more faith with the dwindling fan base with moves like this.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Transformers

Many of you expected this by now, perhaps way sooner. Either way, I wasn't impressed with the new Transformers live action movie. I had a little trouble putting my finger on just what I so disliked about it, then I read this, which sums it up pretty well:
And I want to hear people stop saying, "But it was teh based on teh toys! It couldn't be good!" That's a bunch of BS.

The movie sucked for one very clear reason: a story about a teenage boy trying to screw the hot cheerleader.

Hold on a sec... WHAT THE F!)*$ DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH TRANSFORMERS?!?!

Thusly, I put to you this theory: Transformers, the live-action movie, sucked because of all the stuff UNRELATED to the actual Transformers toyline and cartoon.

PErsonally, I also enjoyed the original Transformer designs more than the movie ones. The whole Decepticons as evil demons with teeth? Hated it. And what about Optimus with a moving mouth? AWESOME!! WOO!! Not.
This from iceblast21 and can be found here. His comment about everything NOT having to do with the title characters is also what I felt ruined the hell out of Alien vs. Predator. If you're going to spend all the money getting these licenses, USE THE CHARACTERS. Have them on the screen THE WHOLE TIME, even if they're just doing something in the background. I tried to be forgiving of the vehicle redesigns in TF. But everything else about the movie was a disappointing sham. The CG is some of the best yet, but that's about as significant as a gold-painted cow pattie.