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LaughterSong replied to 8 questions on the World of Warcraft Review
10 Months ago
World of Warcraft review snippet How well does World of Warcraft let you develop your character?
After almost 12 years WoW is still by far the Best MMORPG in existence - though dumbing down the game overall and especially raiding has been truly sad. Sadder still is the F2P/P2W Korean game model continues to blast players with MIcro Transaction crappy development in a world of temporary disposable Asian Trash who's only objective is to make as much money as possible before the game tanks from bots and very poor programming.
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11 Months ago
Chronicle: Runescape Legends is nothing like Hearthstone, and it's all the better for itChronicle: Runescape Legends is nothing like Hearthstone, and it's all the better for it
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It's honestly not difficult to look different from (and better than) Hearthstone. I'm often insulted by how half-arsed Blizzard's aesthetics are, but I guess it works for people who don't think about it a whole lot. Frankly, older indie card game Shadow Era has a better aesthetic than Hearthstone.

I'll never understand Blizzard fans, I think it's down to a complete lack of any aesthetic appreciation for art. An absolute absence thereof. It's the same with Overwatch, the depiction of human beings is kind of frickin' awful. The way the women are designed just says "Wouldn't you like to own this?" and gave rise to what I can only call 'waifu culture' in Overwatch.

As a person to whom aesthetics matter, I could never play a Blizzard game. So, yes, this looks much better by default of not being a Blizzard game. I'm sorry but they really are that bad at aesthetics.
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Why the Blizz hate? Did a gang of Kobolds gank you?

I have played EQ, EQ2, AION, Lineage, ESO, WoW, and many other MMORPGs as well as a few MOBAs and CTG games.

Aesthetics matter but only in a minor degree. Over all Game Immersion trumps Aesthetics. However...

The most vital and paramount characteristic in a successful MMO game (Blizzard is Very Successful) is Game Balance & Programming that is effective; character balance, skills that make sense & compliment other player skills, dungeons and raids that work with a cohesive group of players that have an epic feel to them.

I would take a 12 year old game with lower end graphics that works beautifully than a pretty game like AION with busted broken classes, dungeons, and skills & programming.

This applies to CTG as well.

Besides WoW, OverWatch, HearthStone etc have exceptional game immersion - ESPECIALLY within WoW - Where I can escape and find myself lost in some enchanted wood riding my trusty mount.

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1 Year ago
The best Overwatch characters in each classThe best Overwatch characters in each class
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I don't understand Overwatch.

That may seem hypocritical coming from someone who plays Battleborn every now and then, but I understand that. It has varied characters, it's colourful, and it's serving a retro niche that I desire. I'll be the first to admit it's only above average, though. I'm not going to buy bedsheets with it on and it's not going to replace my gaming mainstays. It's a bit of fun to fit in between other things.

The fervour surrounding Battleborn, though? I mentioned that Blizzard hire people for their sociological expertise, and it shows. The whole company is based around tapdancing on the edge of a person's will, and laughing about it.

Frankly, Overwatch is average.

I played it. I gave it a shot. The thing is? It's not a bad game. It's just incredibly mediocre. I just found the characters, level design, and gameplay to be a bit boring compared to TF2. And I found the UI to be a big, cluttered mess (but when could Blizzard ever design a user interface, anyway?).

And there's the fervour. The fervour though seems to be focused on two points: a.) I like waifu porn, so Overwatch is a good game, and b.) 'nah, that brainwashing stuff has no effect on me.' The latter being combined with a religious, zealous, firey fervour to defend Overwatch on every site. And whenever people say that it's just mediocre, there's always a brigade to make sure that they burn in fire for it. Which really proves the point.

Blizzard is good at making average games, but then they tap into the straight, male, extraverted subconscious and create a shallow, addictive thing that's designed to pretty much brainwash them. And then they tie a very average game into that.

Social engineering has been around for aeons, but only psych students really knew of it. I remember back around the time of Wrath of the Lich King, I pointed it out about WoW and its skinnerbox model. I remember some commenter over on another PC gaming site laughing and saying "My college doesn't do computer engineering, perhaps I should try and sign up for this 'social engineering' thing instead, eh?"

Of course, by this point you can just pop 'social engineering' into Google and learn all about it. Different times, I suppose. I don't like being vilified for being knowledgeable, but social engineering and brainwashing is exactly what Blizzard uses to turn an average game into a ritualistic, sun-worshipping cult.

I don't like Overwatch. Not because it's a mediocre game (and it's really no skin off my nose whether it exists or not, because I like people having things that make them happy), but because it reminds me of how easily swayed and brainwashed people are without ever realising it. You can enjoy something without becoming a brainwashed herd.

Sadly, Blizzard games and brainwashed herds are synonymous. Because that's what Blizzard wants. Ignorance is an incredible thing. I guess it just scares me, I think. After all this evidence of Blizzard manipulating people, it still works.

I remember a mother let her kids die because of her addiction to WoW. I remember reading about that. That was a very real thing, but most WoW players would threaten to kill you violently for even suggesting that that was anything more than a delusion.

I guess this is why I can't get behind a Blizzard game. It always feels like joining a cult. I don't want to join a cult, okay?

I have enough troubles in my life without joining cults on top of it.
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wow... I had no idea the reason I loved Raid Tanking with a solid, cohesive, talented and fun guild until now. It' feels sooooo good to be free from all that mind control.

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2 Years ago
ArcheAge reviewArcheAge review
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I beta'd this game and found it flimsy, clunky, drab and just plain boring with no lore - absolutely nothing "Sand box" about it - nothing WoW hasn't got or EQ had. The character models are okay but are inferior to AION as well as the over all real estate. The female Elf is hideous - she appears like a guy. I tried a good hour to make her look like a feminine goddess of the forest. The 2 Character limit for free players make Que times unbearable. (I refuse to pay into a Korean developed game until I am certain about it) Que times Pft.... I have had over 10 hour wait times. I can see players losing interest in this game fast.

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