So Trion badly stuffed up their Auroria release which resulted in a huge percentage of players being locked out with a disconnect issue while a lucky few swooped in and took all of the new land release. I was one of those locked out players and i gave up attempting to log in after half an hour. Saylah over at Mystic Worlds has a good little rundown of the event and its problems. (Incidentally, I think she has some of the best, if not the best current commentary of ArcheAge so give her new blog a look).

There has been some major meltdown on the official forums and a good deal of butt-hurt and general angst is present there in all its glory. Myself, I’m not too fussed. If a bunch of players get all upset and leave the game crying into their cornflakes, well that just leaves more goodies for the rest of us. The biggest whinge at the moment is that there is not enough land and it’s not fair! What these people fail to understand is that land and its cost is based on supply and demand. So if a wave of players leave the game then the cost of land will go down. That is how basic economics works, [try telling that to EU governments – ED]. At the moment I have a little 8×8 plot in Hasla courtesy of Syncaine’s abortive attempt at the game. But even without that plot there is so much to do in this game and so very many ways to make money that purchasing land is not going to be a problem.

The problem that these players have is that, they want land right now! Now, baby! Now! These are the people that you can make a lot of money off if you’re selling. It’s why credit companies exist. let’s face it, the majority of people in real life suck very badly at the whole money thing. If you’re currently in debt then you unfortunately are one of those people. Gevlon is a master at making money from players who aren’t able to plan a shopping trip profitably and I’m not too shabby at it myself either. Myself, I’m more than happy to sit back, work on my fishing, get a bit better at PvP, do trade runs, maybe get a little clipper and sail around the oceans, mine lots of iron ore at the vast ore area I found that not many players know about, and keep leveling my toon. All these are fun and I will be steadily making the monies. And I will be keeping my eye on the land market. And when the time is right I will begin to acquire. That is my long term plan. And Trion’s enormous balls-up has just played right into my hands. Or to put it another way, I plan on making the most of this stuff-up on their part. You should too.

Vox Day has a post up concerning what is supposed to be a leaked internal post from Gawker Media’s Nick Denton. Here is the interesting bit:

“… It was there all along and oh so very simple. infiltrate the group and kill
them from the inside. The media parade that has been going on for weeks
now hasn’t done anything worth a damn. Time and effort thrown out the
window with needless articles over this shit show. None of it has made a damn bit of difference until now. Everyone is eager to throw themselves at mainstream outlets. but none of them are eager to spend the money they are already using to fix this problem the right way. So I had someone send out feelers looking for people to work on a “special project” for me. Those that made it through screening have been taking part in an effort to police the group from the inside, causing a wedge to be driven amongst them. Today serves as evidence of money well spent. they have begun to crack and their influential people are beginning to part ways with the group.

Eventually there will be such a small minority that it will just blow over and nobody will care …”

My bullshit antenna went up very quickly on reading this. If gamergate was really such a problem and you had gone to such lengths to infiltrate its activities, why would you be sending out this sort of rubbish even internally? This seems to me to be an attempt to salvage something from their own failed infiltration attempt. In other words, their initial plan didn’t work so maybe they can stir up the gamergaters by “leaking” this one out to the general mainstream. Once again, and I’ve said it before, the anti-gamergate crowd is in serious trouble because their usual tactics are not working and they are not astute enough to put themselves in the heads of their opponents in order to figure out what to do. They think everyone sees the world the same way that they do and they react accordingly.

There is another possibility as well. That they really did do an infiltration attempt and that this memo was indeed leaked from inside Gawker. Which behooves me to ask, who has exactly done the infiltrating here? You’re boasting internally that you’ve gone and infiltrated your enemy and someone on the inside of your organisation leaked that out? That’s kind of embarrassing and ironic all rolled up into one fun-bag of shame if you ask me. Either way the panic continues.

One of my very first posts on this blog was how I set up my action bar in WoW. And now I’m getting serious about ArcheAge I’ve used the same method here with good success. For those too lazy to click the link, essentially what I do is bind the majority of my combat abilities to the scroll wheel on my mouse. Scroll up and I make my main attack. Scroll down and my secondary which has a combo effect as well. And then click the mouse wheel for my third main attack.

Three options doesn’t sound like much but the possibilities are endless when you take other keyboard buttons into account. Most of my stuns are locked into the mouse wheel in the same positions, but I activate these by hitting shift at the same time. So shift + mouse wheel forward is my main stun. My healing and escape options are bound to Alt + mouse wheel. On top of that I have a logitech g600 mouse which has 12 buttons on the side grip for a variety of other possibilities. But I find these close together and it can be tricky in tight moments. That’s why a mouse wheel option is so good as you cannot make a mistake.

Recently I was talking to an MMO player who uses an infra-red mouse. This player has played primarily PvE games in the past. I want to make it clear that you will get slaughtered in PvP with a cordless mouse. The difference in reaction time with a mouse with a cord is big enough to be the difference between life and death in PvP.

I am now level 30 in ArcheAge. Yesterday I took my trade pack from the safety of my continent across the sea to the enemy wasteland in an attempt to hand in the quest to obtain a large farm. I have a small farm but I can’t get to it, as it is locked away in the high level pvp zone of Hala. Before, I journeyed there with ease through a portal that came out in one of our guildies’ houses. But that guildie began to play weirdly. She made repeated rearrangements of the indoor layout, blocking off the exits with high screens that required complicated feats of aerial acrobatics off high ledges to reach the door. I assumed she was doing this to deter intruders and that we just had to put up with it. But it turns out that she was a plant in the guild designed to spread disunity and harm, and her plan achieved she has left with her cohorts in tow and the door to her house is firmly locked. Access to farm securely denied for now.

Syncaine has abandoned the guild but I persevere as I presently have no other options. I took my tradepack overland from Mahadevi into Austera. This is not the traditional route to take, but I had seen chat reports of a large fleet of reds camped offshore further north. I had three options to make the crossing. Go with a convoy, row my little rowboat, or swim. I had no convoy as my guild is dead. My rowboat would have been a sitting duck out on the high seas. I chose the only alternative which was to swim the bastard.

I played Pirates of the Burning Sea back in the day. If anyone is still playing that rubbish you better to get over to ArcheAge right now. This is no pretend sea like WoW. This is no sea that exists only on coastlines and the rest in the imagination. This shit is real and it is big. It is populated by beasties and flocks of seagulls hovering over schools of fish. Storm clouds thunder ahead and lightening strikes around you as you get closer. And then there is the enemy. You are alone on a huge ocean, swimming gamely along and then suddenly a clipper ship streaks up from the horizon. I would have been lost numerous times but I had delayed this crossing until I had obtained the stealth ability in the shadowcraft tree. My crossing alternated from swim sprinting as I drained my mana reserves to a very slow stealth cruise as I avoided trouble around me. It was nerve-wracking, and the closer I got to my goal the tenser the situation became. Which is just how I like a game to be. There were a few high level reds swimming in the water on my final approach, and I worried that they might have had some super stealth-seeing abilities, but my plan held true and I made the dock and turned in my pack. Then I zoned the hell outta there.

I haven’t mentioned the water yet. The graphic water features are nothing short of superb. I remember years back when WoW had a major patch upgrade and the water features improved and we all went nerdlike crazy over it. This makes that look like a pre-school drawing versus The Last Supper. The water is water, that’s all there is to it. Your toon swims through the water and it is real swimming. When I began playing computer games way back in the early eighties I couldn’t have dreamed of something like this. And in an MMO. And the sea is real, there are no screen-loading shots from zone to zone. I don’t care about all of Trion’s problems and people paying to win. I really don’t care. Because this old gamer has found his sea, and me, I’m getting a boat.

Apparently, feminists want equality for women. You would think that this would mean that they want a level playing field, but that is the last thing on their agenda. A major part of the anti-gamergate crowing by the pinkshirts has been that the gaming industry should do more to encourage women. Thus are destroyed their lofty goals of equality. I mean, how is it possible to desire a level playing field but then also want special treatment at the same time? The two are like oil and water. But making sense with the SJW crowd never does any good – logic is anathema to them.

Requiring special treatment sends the automatic message that on their own women are not good enough. Even the act of encouraging women is self-defeating. If you want something then you should just go and do it. Roberta Williams didn’t require any special help, she just went and did it. And she did very well, not because she was a woman but because she was a game designer.

The next pillar they latch onto is that women already in the gaming industry require more support. Why exactly do they need this? If they are unable to do their jobs well and compete with their peers then they’re in the wrong business. But the pinkshirts mistake businesses that exist only to be profitable for pseudo-social security agencies that exist just to make women feel better about their own inappropriate career lifestyle choices. Notice that men in the same roles have to compete equally ruthlessly. This is a tough and lean industry that cannot afford to carry people. Man or woman, you need to perform. If men don’t perform then they’re out, chewed up and thrown to the sidelines. If women don’t perform …?

Then they need to stand as equals in another way. There are a few methods in which this can be achieved. Firstly they can skew the game company to produce games that their meager talents are better suited. This, however, has the unfortunate side effect of the games sucking big fat donkey balls and not enough people buying them. At this point they need to up the ante and declare that traditional gamers are “insert your label here.” The best way to make this stick is to solicit the gaming media to your cause, and those talentless hacks are only too willing to come along for the ride as their white knight status is made for such an undertaking. Favorable coverage for inferior product is thus assured, and anyone who disagrees with them is a “racist” or a “misogynist” or a “bigot” or a “homophobe” or many similar meaningless monikers.

And thus we arrive at the sorry GamerGate mess in which we find ourselves. It will be easy for my enemies to attack me with this post and title. They will equate my stance as meaning that I don’t want women in the industry. It is the natural stawman argument for these types. But I merely do not want women, men, hobbits, homosexuals or anyone else for that matter to be encouraged to join the gaming industry. I simply want great designers to have the necessary drive and motivation to step up and make great games that people want to play. After all, we did it for a good thirty years before all this hoopla started. And contrary to the pinkshirts assertions, good people are not being driven out of the industry. Mediocre hacks with as much talent as my left nut-sack are simply finding that their manipulations have met their Waterloo in the form of a very determined group of people who have woken up just in time to the fact that their hobby was being subverted.

Nobody should be encouraged to do anything for that matter. Get up and stand on your own two feet with the talent and motivation that God gave you. If you are a woman and you identify as a woman first and then a gamer, then you’re a fraud. You should simply identify as a gamer. Your sex has nothing to do with it. When you make it so then you begin a self-fulfilling prophecy to victim-hood status. Which is fine, as long as you stay out of our games and find solace in something else. I suggest chocolate.

Hi, I’m Chris Kluwe, and I’m so dumb if you rubbed two rocks together it would probably be smarter than me.

Chris is apparently a gamer. Because he’s been playing games for a LONG TIME MAN! Really big games, more games than you can poke a pigskin at! So when he hears that some pinkshirt journalist who sold out to the lefties long ago declared gamers were dead, he was fucking ecstatic! Because poor old Chris wasn’t happy being a gamer, because he still felt like an overgrown nerd. But when gamers were pronounced dead, it meant that games were popular culture and now the whole world accepts him and now he feels fantastic! Because other people like them! And that means they must be coool!!!

So very very sad. And apparently every single gamer who objects to being declared dead is a misogynist, and a slackjawed pickletits, among other things. Now, I don’t exactly know what a pickletit is, but it sounds like something that would object to being labelled as dead, so I’m all for it. I’m not sure what hemorrhoidal gunt stains are either, [perhaps he meant grunt stains, but spelling is hard – ED]. But don’t worry because Chris is convinced that his side is WINNING THE CULTURE WAR because there are more nerds on TV. Really, because there are more nerds on TV, [Revenge of the Nerds doesn’t count? – ED]. Chris thinks that we are unmanly if we think women want to ruin our fun. Because obviously they don’t, since privilege and equality and all that shit. And apparently the tech industry has been really misogynistic for a long time because of …, um because of … like not many chicks were applying for jobs cause programming is hard I suppose …

I mean, Chris. How many fucking female linebackers are in the NFL? None that I can see, mate. You football players are so fucking misogynistic. The only chicks I can see on the field are the ones cavorting around wearing skimpy outfits and waving pompoms who then lie up to blow the whole team. I bet there are a few thousand geeky computer dudes somewhere in the world who wish that the games industry was as misogynistic as that, right? Right??? But us “vomitmouths” are just pieces of shit who treat women badly because … why again? Oh, i understand because you know game developers PERSONALLY. You know game reviewers PERSONALLY. Cause none of us do, obviously. You have to be a famous pigskin throwing, cheerleader banging righteous hip dude to know those sort of people. And what? All these people used to work in a small industry but now it’s a really big industry but that’s okay because they’re still playing games and they’re still friends?

What the fucking Jesus are you talking about? I mean, when you write lines like this:

“… Every game reviewer I know is actually highly concerned with the ethics of their situation, because they’ve gone to school for it. They know that acting unethically is a very quick way to drive away consumers …”

the only possible reason I can conceive for your existence is that a sperm got lost on its way to a barf station. Chris, I’ll give you one thing though. You take making inane comments and supporting them with broad-based ad hominem arguments to an entirely new level. I don’t know what you were smoking when you wrote that piece of shit diatribe, but somebody somewhere must be having a good chuckle right now.

Chris is fucking pissed the fucking fuck off. I know because he said that a fair few times. Myself, I’m wondering how much brain damage actually results from eight years of running head-first into other dudes who only have their place on a team because a woman was raped somewhere.

[editors note: we found Chris’ post via Tobold, which just goes to prove the general internet theory that everything Tobold approves of is obviously bullshit and vice-versa.]

The GamerGate saga is funny for so many reasons. On the one hand we’re told by the pinkshirt media that the GG crowd is a bunch of loser nerds who deserve nothing more than to have their precious candy world taken away from them. On the other hand apparently these powerless nerds are picking women apart right left and center and stopping them from even entering the gaming industry. You’d think they’d be able to make up their minds. Are we all powerful or powerless? And there are lots and lots of mainstream media crapping on about GG and how bad and awful and evil we all are. Check out this list that a guy put together of all the so-called media outlets rallying against the GG barbarians at the gate.

On the one hand the pinkshirts say that the GG crowd are irrelevant and there is nothing to see, but on the other hand they do seem to be doing an awful lot of writing and running around like headless chickens about them. And this has been going on for almost two months now. What’s going on? I mean, what’s really going on?

The answer is that finally a core group of people stood up and refused to let their hobby be taken over by political activists with a severe agenda to burn. This is the first time that they have been stood up to, and they do not like it. Witness the amount of noise they are making. Witness the carry-on about “death threats”, (if someone is really giving you a death threat, the last place you talk about it is on twitter as one of my commenters said.) The pinkshirts took over the sci-fi/fantasy literature field with great success, so they must have figured that gamers were going to be an easy mark.

The first big hurdle however, is the fact the games can be very expensive to develop and maintain. Good games, that is. Anyone can write crap like Depression Quest. And the companies that make these games know who their core audience is. And I can tell you right now, it’s not women. Do you play Angry Birds, or some other crappy game? You’re not a gamer. The term gamer originates from hardcore war-gaming players back in the late 60s and early 70s. Try playing Advanced Squad Leader or the unbelievably complex Drang Nach Osten! and see how you go before your head implodes. That’s where gamers and gaming comes from. That is its roots. Games like EVE Online have their genesis in serious war-gaming. This is the history of the core market that the pink shirts have been trying to take over with their cries of “more women developers!” and “more gays and minorities” and any other inane brain dead label they attempt to attach.

We don’t care about you. You could say that we sacrifice babies on the alter of insane Gods and that we drink their blood and we still couldn’t care less about what you think. You are out of your depth. The fact that you’re all still in denial about the state of play is self-evident. You can drum up any media organisation to rant and rave and write searing drivel about how all your “rights” have been violated and it will not matter an inch.

The games we want we still get made the way we want them.

Companies know this and are responding appropriately.

You will get no concessions from us.

You will lose.

But keep making all the noise you want. We’re having a great time watching your ship go down. And more importantly, it’s beginning to give people in other areas a bit of heart.

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