December 2014

It’s Xmas morning and I’m waiting for my wife to wake up so we can open the presents. Waiting a long time. Sure we had a late night at a little social do, but this is Xmas morning to open the presents for Chrissakes and doesn’t she know that I’m waiting patiently??

To hell with it, I’ll log onto ArcheAge. Yesterday I got my clipper ship. I only got it because I was chatting with guildies on TeamSpeak and someone mentioned that spending 50 gildas on getting a clipper was a serious waste of gildas when I could pick up the plan off the auction house for a cool 60 gold. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Sure enough the plans were there and I got myself a harpoon clipper. I had all the mats already to build both the dock and the ship, so I slung down my dock in the middle of Lutesong harbor and about 20 minutes later I had my very own clipper ship.

Time to sail the seven seas. I’m at level cap after hitting 50 a couple of weeks ago. When I hit 50 I asked in guild chat what I needed to do now and I got a most divisive reply:

“It’s a sandbox, you knobhead.”

Indeed it is. The clipper ship has been added to my large scarecrow farm and a couple of underwater aqua farms. I’m levelling a bunch of crafting streams as well as engaging in as much PvP as I can handle. The new gaming rig lets me have all the video settings at ultra-high and this game is the best looking thing I’ve ever seen, (wife excluded, obviously). The Duke of O joined me this morning from null signifier and I took him for a cruise on my new clipper, his first ocean adventure in the game. Then I handed him the wheel and he almost managed to steer us straight into a PvP fight between a trade ship and a bunch of red nasties. However, cool as the other side of your pillow, he managed to steer us back to safety after much heart beating from us both. I asked him why he hadn’t been spending much time in game and he admitted that apart from being distracted by WoW he’d heard so many bad things about the game from other bloggers that he’d stayed away.

I put him to rights. Trion might have fucked up the game for the whales and the players that were first in line, but the ultimate effect has been to create a level playing field for new players who missed the initial land rush. Land is cheap and plentiful and many guilds are steadily rebuilding after the Auroria debacle. The Trion stuff-ups have not effected me in the slightest. The game is brilliant, the player-base is healthy, the moron factor is low, and the amount of options available to pursue is so extreme that it just isn’t possible to do everything.

One of the other major hurdles to new players is that they are put off by the fact that this game mixes up subscription with free-to-play content. Let me get one thing straight for all those thinking this:

ArcheAge is not a subscription game. You may pay a fee for Patron status, but that is merely another aspect of the cash shop. Get it out of your head that this is a subscription game. It is a cash shop across the board. What aspect of the cash shop that you choose to partake in is up to you. I myself have patron status and I have so far purchased one apex for $10 which I sold in game for a cool 235 gold. That little gold hit has enabled me to position myself to make some very good gold. You have to have money to make money. In total I’ve spent $40 on this game so far. When you consider that TESO was a $85 box purchase and then the monthly $15 on top of it, ArcheAge is incredible value.

So a lot of bloggers reckon the game is crap. So what? I say it’s great. I also say it’s currently the best MMO going, and I’ve played a few. Don’t believe them and don’t believe me either. Get in and make up your own mind.

Now I have to go as the good wife has stirred. Merry Xmas everyone!

Happy Christmas to me.

It’s been almost four years since I purchased my 17 inch screen Samsung RF711 laptop. With it’s I7 processor and 4 gig of ram, back in the day this was a hefty beast. But earlier this year the hard drive crashed and was replaced on warranty, and lately it’s been making strange clicking noises and turning itself off at inopportune times, symptoms which suggest the imminent demise of the motherboard. Not a good thing in laptops.

I suppose I could have struggled on while donating money to starving children, or refugees, or some poor lost 18 year old who desperately wants to go into hock for a valuable arts degree which the world needs so very badly. But then I discovered a little site called mwave which has a tasty range of gaming rigs for us Aussie folks. And I decided to forgo all laptops and treat myself to a Vox Eminor Overclocked Gaming PC. Yeah baby!

What has it got? Well, it has some of the good stuffs.

Firstly the video card is an MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB Video Card. Tasty.

Then we have 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Ram to get things moving, as well as a nice little Intel Core i7 4790K Quad Core LGA 1150 4.0GHz Unlocked CPU Processor. Throw in your normal hard drive monster with a solid state for good measure and things are looking mighty nice. With an MSI Z97-MPOWER Intel LGA 1150 ATX Motherboard and over 700 watts of power supply, I sure hope the Corsair Hydro Series H105 Liquid CPU Cooler and top of the range twin fans can keep it all running cool, (hot tip – they are).

I needed a new monitor so I got a nice LG flicker-free 27 inch, plus a Razor keyboard and some nice speakers and a new headset. I kept my old mouse, which I have a strong attachment too, (the wife is jealous).

And now I sit here while I wait for the bloody thing to download all of my games.

Oh, the case is nice too, as it is all cool looking and has a clear window on the side so I can see shiny lights and cables and things.

Tomorrow I need to go shopping for a present for the wife. She asked me what I wanted and I said, “I’m sorted, baby!”

ps, if you can’t brag on your own fucking gaming blog about your new sweet-ass gaming rig then where the hell can you brag about it.

Target Australia, under pressure from activist groups, banned the sale of GTA V to very little moaning from the broader internet gaming community. It seems that if the government wants to censor games then that is bad, but if a private company bows to censorship then that is fine and it’s just capitalism, man. Cause you know, freedom of choice and everything. At least you think that way if you have a brain about the size of a fucking peanut. Good on you once again, Damion Schubert. Really, since discovering his blog it’s been a endless parade of fail-hit after fail-hit. One to keep the juices of any bastard flowing.

But the part of his post that best sums up people’s miserable understanding of how the world actually works is in the comments section. Halfeatenmoon says:

“… I went to a Target (Australia) shop the other day. Within a few minutes’ walk there were two other shops I could buy GTA V from, if I wanted to. I’m not all that worried about my freedom …”

Their mistake is assuming that the activists involved will be satisfied with hitting Target. Rule number numero uno with activists and do-gooders in general – they are never satisfied, they are only emboldened.

But this is the great apathy trait that covers most of society in a globulous hardened mold. “As long as I’m not being specifically bothered, then I don’t really give a shit.” Which is the way it’s always gone throughout history. The most famous quote in this aspect is the one by Martin Niemöller:

“… In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up …”

And this apathetic worldview is the reason why the vast majority of gamers and gaming bloggers don’t care about Gamergate. But it’s also the reason why the movement is so important. The Hard Left have always counted on society’s apathy to take over institutions, but this is the first time that there has been a committed push back. Sure GamerGate is about corruption in journalism, but at its underlying core it is about drawing a line in the sand and not bowing to the activists or their methods of attack.

If they ban it from one store, then you don’t care cause there’s another down the road.
And if they ban it from that store, then there’s one around the corner.
And if they ban it from all the stores then you’ll just download it from the internet.
And if they ban it from the internet well … you’re now a criminal for playing a game.
And laws are enforced by people carrying guns.