Elliot in aion, A BLog

I am so in Aion.

Here We Go Again

I hope you were all overloaded with presents :P Sadly, it’s been a very dark week for Aion this Christmas. Several more issues arose.

  • – Emergence of speed / melee damage increase hacks.
  • – Lack of game content
  • – Boring Abyss

The hacks were around for little more than a week. They just started becoming more obvious now. NCsoft hasn’t responded to these hacks yet. As for game content, there’s very little you can do once you reach 45. Basically, you grind to lvl 45, grind Temple of Flames about 100 times until you get your Unique weapon(disgusting drop rate they say) then you just gank people in Abyss all day. There’s several problems with abyss as well. As 하야덴 guy made front page on every single Aion fansites with his fancy transformation, people became more desperate to rank up their abyss rank, and in a game with broken class balance, its kind of hard to do for a lot of people, so they are turning to other methods; such as Fortress guard farming – which refers to people hanging around fortresses just to kill the guards around it. Fortress guards are regarded as special mobs and drop extra abyss points. Another thing with this is that it discourages people from participating in fortress seiges, as you’d need the other side to be in control of the fortress in order to farm the guards. Also, several people were seen farming points from each other. Oh and speaking of 하야덴, this is where this guy is right now.

Link to his armory

almost 1 million abyss points.  He now has 115k hp when he’s transformed. Combined with Cleric’s 2k DP skill that instantly heals 50% hp/mp, he’s basically invincible. He raked around 500 kills just today alone.

Link to a vid of him

Also, the damage of your aoe spells and reflection spells that you can use during transformation increases with your rank.

Aion is a funny game where top PvPer is a healer.

I really  have a problem with this ranking system. In order to get this transformation skill, you need to get to rank 5 lietanent, but as more and more people get to end game, there’s gonna be a lot of people with lot of points. The number limit to these ranks will lead to these top ranks being very competitive and hard to get. This means about 99% of you will never get to use that transformation. Note that there ‘s gonna be around 100 people on each side with these transformations. Judging by how 하야덴 is single handedly wiping the floor with Elyos, you can see how abyss is going to be like when there’s even 100 of them around. It’s going to be like one epic playground for the top 1% of the players, where those guardians AOE everyone else to death.

That’s only if both sides get to get enough high ranks, but what if one faction completely dominates the other? Say a group of hardcore PvP people move in to your server. They play/bot 24/7 their way up to 45 before anybody else. Then they start limiting access to the good abyss regions. What can you do if you’re on the losing team? Can you beat players with 115k hp? or even 200k+ if they’re commander in chief? (Note that a lvl 45 templar has 5.5k max hp other classes have even less) This rank system is a breeding ground for assholes to ruin the game for everyone. I don’t know if NCsoft prefers this type of game style like L2 where assholes rule or they’re a group of idiots.

If Aion grinding involved around Instanced dungeons, botting and assholes would matter less, but because NCsoft decided to take field PvE for Aion, they become HUGE issues. Bots are farming away at field raid spawns and wherever place drops decent loots. When players turn to abyss for botfree PvE, they are faced with 115k hp 햐야덴 monsters. Do you guys see what I’m trying to say?

Oh yes, and bots are still there, and they now grind in parties. I think its suffice to say, Aion dev team ruined Christmas for a lot of people.

Hey don’t lose  hope, at least we are not the ones paying for this game at this pitiful state.

Written by elliot

December 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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  1. I really hope this system gets fixed or made more “balanced”. I know you cant get rid of botters but hopefully there numbers can be swindled down to a handful. I guess NcSoft needs to prioritize what they need to get done.

    XtraMagic

    December 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm

  2. Not fixing these issues with drastic and major patches in the next 1 month, game in Korea will not even last till the game gets out here.

    Lyana

    December 30, 2008 at 5:40 pm

  3. Actually, I prefer field-based PvE. At least then it still retains its MMO-esque feel instead of taking the easy way out with instances. Bots will have to be dealed with and it’ll be up to NCSoft to deliver. But I prefer field PvE over WoW instanced crap (bot-free but wait.. so is Diablo)

    The hacks and bots are disappointing – we’ll see how they are handled.

    As for the transformations, I’m not sure mate. That Cleric you posted is one player out of 30+ servers, which doesn’t seem to suggest it’s a rampant issue as you seem to be saying.

    Entice

    December 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm

  4. //Entice
    Not sure if u ever played L1 or L2, but big guilds restricting grinding areas to other players can be quite brutal. But then again, some people like it hardcore. But the whole point of me making those points was because Aion was said to be also for casual players.

    Well he’s getting much publicity because he was the first to get there. Many will be following suit. If a duck came out of a nest of eggs, it would seem logical that rest of the eggs are also ducks.

    He’s not an issue as to affecting the entire Elyo player population, but he does have a notorious reputation. The point I was trying to make was that if one person can do such killing, what could a hundred of them do. You should watch the video linked.

    elliot

    December 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm

  5. Here is when the Balaur should come in. They should be the balancing faction. They were designed to attack the most powerful faction/legion/players.
    But it seems that their AI is terrible, isn’t it? I can’t read korean, but that is what I heard. IMHO they should fix this ASAP.
    I’d like to see the Balaur programmed to attack more the people that play 24/7 (bots, farmers, etc) but I’m sure some people will dislike the idea and will see this as “punishing the players”.

    And from Ken Choi’s interview IIRC there should be a kind of “changing world” system, like groups of mobs becoming stronger if they’re repeatedly farmed or something similar. I still haven’t heard of anything of this, have you?
    That would annoy the bots by constantly changing the mobs properties (i.e. becoming aggro unexpectedly, moving to another zone, etc).

    It seems that the current state of Aion is an ordinary half-baked MMORPG with pretty graphics and nothing more.
    I’m a bit disappointed by this. >:(
    I hope these problems will be fixed ASAP.

    David

    December 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm

  6. So there can be up to 100 heroes?!

    Oh god…

    cookie

    December 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

  7. Elliot, face it .. you WANT Aion to be a failure, but it wont happen. Not because I am a fan of Aion and I just want to not be a failure, it’s because the people you are talking about, are like 10 in 1k ,and in ANY mmorpg, there are haters and what are you trying to show us, it’s ONLY the dark side of Aion. Please name a mmorpg which DOES NOT have a dark side. When Aion hit EU/NA , please hide yourself, because someone may kick your stupid ass for being such a hater of Aion in all those time.

    None

    December 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  8. This doesn’t seem to be a translation at all. Is it an editorial? It seems to be. Either way, a little too much doom here. People kinda start tuning things out when the bias becomes a little too…obvious, ya’ know? I know this, I’m a writer. Overbearing self-assertion is quite a…”turn-off” to most readers. This line especially made me queasy about taking the information above it too seriously:

    “Hey don’t lose hope, at least we are not the ones paying for this game at this pitiful state.”

    Quite a snide remark, if I’m allowed to say that. Quite…inciting (no, not exciting and not insightful). I’d love to read more actual news and less commentary, thank you. Actual translations. Editorials are fine in my book, as long as they are indicated as such.

    Thanks for the information, anyhow, elliot. Please continue your work, it’s definitely a needed shot in the arm of the generally bored Aion fanship. ;)

    Mark

    December 31, 2008 at 12:54 am

  9. Yeah it sucks. Just to many of them. Imo 2-3 highest ranks should get this kind of skill, just to make them unique.

    Arien

    December 31, 2008 at 1:19 am

  10. Sooo uhhhh is this a translation orr is it you speaking?

    SoraNashimi

    December 31, 2008 at 2:35 am

  11. Nvm, thanks for taking the time to write this up xD

    SoraNashimi

    December 31, 2008 at 6:20 am

  12. //Mark
    I really don’t see why you are following every single one of my writings to viciously defend Aion in every way. This is how the game is. That’s all there’s to it. I’m not even gonna bother responding to your comments.

    //None
    It’s just news. Calm down

    elliot

    December 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm

  13. This game blows. Mark blows. Aionsource blows.

    LOLDDLOL

    December 31, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  14. Source? Elliot. You write whatever you want, but we don’t have any proof.

    Chob

    December 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  15. //LOLDDLOL
    Say of now, indeed. Well lucky for us, we still have several months if not another year to go before we get it over here. We’ll see.

    //Chob
    source of?

    elliot

    December 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  16. Thanks for this, Elliot. :)

    He is just saying how the game is in it’s current state over-seas. That doesn’t mean it’ll be the same here, or anywhere else. Especially when they’ve had the time to fine tune the game and listen to the feedback of the community. And it’s our job as a community to express concern to the developers.

    Valentina

    December 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm

  17. Ty for the article =P

    And to those of you bashing elliot why the hell are you here please gtfo ffs if you dont like his stuff.

    Anirk

    December 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm

  18. //elliot

    F the haters man don’t let them get you down. You have explained this is purely what you see on the boards and I for one like to see it.

    I like knowing the negatives about any game just to see if I can put up with them. I also like to see what the developers do about the issues brought up on the boards.

    So far it’s looking like a really bad cluster f of balance. It will be interesting to see what happens when a few other people get around that rank and if battling each other makes things more balanced.

    Good Job and thanks for the hard work.

    P.S.

    I some of you don’t like what he translates them please stop reading it and posting. I don’t want your stupidity ruining this chance to see the real side of Aion and not the happy go lucky Dev crap we will get.

    Iron Tiger

    December 31, 2008 at 7:35 pm

  19. Well one thing that is for sure is how some things are taking way out or proportions, for example the 115k hp. That transformation is just something that should never have happened, 10k max from 5.5k seems normal.

    I am looking forward to the changes they will make to this. But at the moment it seems that the live game is actually a post-beta pre-ready phase..

    Azania

    December 31, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  20. “//Mark
    I really don’t see why you are following every single one of my writings to viciously defend Aion in every way. This is how the game is. That’s all there’s to it. I’m not even gonna bother responding to your comments.”
    But you just did, lol. Either way, all I stated was I’d rather read literal translations instead of editorials. Besides, I didn’t “defend” Aion at all in my prior comment. I focused entirely on your editorial/article.

    You may read the Korea forums and feel that their contents accurately reflect reality, then shorten and interpret the contents of said forums for mass consumption here on your blog. That’s fine, but you’re not reflecting your editing by labeling your works as actual editorials instead of translated articles. That’s what they, in reality, are. If they were direct translations of articles that I could ask my own Korean-reading friend to verify for me, then I wouldn’t have a problem at all.

    That was the entirety of my previous comment. Please don’t twist my words into something they’re not. That’s unprofessional and underhanded. Look at the people who have already jumped to your defense at the slightly sign of criticism. You don’t need to attempt to deal with me yourself, there’s plenty of people willing to do that for free. ;)

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 3:11 am

  21. If people are using hacks then it is reality, if people are hitting level 45 and have nothing to do that is reality, and if characters controlled by players have 200k hp and are basically super raid bosses then that is reality too.

    Do you like these things? Are they good? No? Then you agree with elliot. He doesn’t like them either hence the negative remarks/comments on the game.

    What reality are you referring to? Referring to the game in a broader sense perhaps? Implying that the game is good and the problems it has are insignificant?

    Now lets ask those questions again:

    Do you like bots?
    Do you like hacks?
    Do you like having really no endgame?

    Anirk

    January 1, 2009 at 5:30 am

  22. I’m not surprised at all. These are what “Korean” games are when they are first launched and many of their problems aren’t resolved for a long time, longer on avg than games made else where. Theres a reason why the korean style of game doesn’t work for most people, and these are just part of it.

    gadien

    January 1, 2009 at 6:19 am

  23. No
    No

    And to the last question endgame of aion farming for gear to improve yourself, that’s THE endgame of most games. Wow? isn’t that mostly instance farming for your epics? L2? Boss farming for the best gear to gain the upper hand for castle sieges? RF online? Farming best gear to dominate the chip wars once every 8 hours? Sure the endgame is nothing new, it’s still the same as what every single other mmorpg on the market boils down to.

    As to the video of the cleric stomping around in Elyos abyss base. First of all, lvl 45’s rarely visit abyss, when ever i go there i see sub 40’s generally in the area. So a lvl 45 w/ Avatar vs a bunch of sub 40’s, it’s a no brainer of who’s going to win.

    As to transformation abuse, stay out of the abyss then. If you want to go gank, get a party of 2-3 and go raiding through the Rift portals. No rank 5 lieutenant can bust their Avatar there. With the system updates of the rift spawn times, you can easily camp a portal and get a party through.

    As to mark’s comment, it was a comment on his writing style, sure both me and mark are prolly on the side categorized as the Aion fanboy, but we do generally appreciate a different views of the game. Only to a certain extent. When the post gets all doom and gloom, it just leaves a bad aftertaste. I mean at least have SOME optimism for the game, glass is half full instead of half empty guys.

    Anon

    January 1, 2009 at 6:23 am

  24. thanks alot for these updates, hope to see more.. i understand this is one side of the game, and this side can’t be ignored or defended look what happen to AoC or warhammer, to many fans defending the game saying over time etc or w/e. we have to stop this and just be full out that we wont tolerant major issues

    danny

    January 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

  25. tolerate * ._.

    danny

    January 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

  26. It’s his decision on how he decides to view the game. It’s your decision to come to his blog. If you don’t like his writing style, then don’t read it. Other readers such as myself who’ve zealously followed this game since it’s inception don’t want to read about how “AWESOME” it’s going to be. 2 years in and I got tired about hearing how great this game was going to be in the dev interviews, so I stopped reading them.

    Appreciate the article elliot, looking forward to the next one.

    birdman

    January 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

  27. //Mark, Anon
    What do you guys expect from me really :)? Say how Aion has amazing graphics after every phrase? I’ve actually posted a discussion thread on AionChosun about thoughts on Aion going to NA, and it the feedback I received was very discouraging (It remained on front page of the site for a week). I thought about translating the whole thing including the comments but I thought that might just kill it for a lot of people. But seriously, its not me being negative. It’s me just telling u whats there.

    People always try to discredit my writing when they contain bad news. Yet not a single person came up saying these things were untruthful. I never labeled this as a translated article. It was put on general info category to begin with. It was just one of those things that it’d take forever if i translated post by post.

    As everyone knows. Its been only a month I guess, but a lot of players are saying this game was indeed put into retail way too early. It is kind of pathetic considering how long this game was worked on. Anyway, I do have some optimism for the game, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.

    elliot

    January 1, 2009 at 10:31 am

  28. First things first, happy new year!
    Second, as I am still playing the korean retail I have to agree with several points that elliot mentions from time to time. Bots, still an issue, although on my server there seems to be less now but I’ve also seen bot partys which was quite a shock…As for the abyss…I have 3 chars atm, doesnt really matter which one I play there I constantly get smacked by high lvl players hindering me to do the quests there. What I found funny was that your sitting in your lovely little fortress and swoosh comes an asmodian and starts to grind the fortress guards O.o most of the time they even try to communicate it to you that your not the target but please let them do guard bashing…Classes are still unbalanced, my spiritmaster has quite a nice gear but if I happen to stumble upon an approx same lvl asmodian no matter what class I last for a few seconds only. Spiritmasters have great debuffing skills btw its just hard to use them when the enemy has uber-high mgc def -_- I had the chance to talk with a korean guy who actually spoke english, was quite surprised myself hehe. The guy was a lvl45 templar and he also stated that currently theres not much to do other than going to the abyss grinding for APs, doing instances for top gear and trying to lvl crafting skills. But he was optimistic and so am I, with time most of these issues will be solved or will get a nice treatment and hopeully more content will be released but they need to fix the major stuff first. Cheers~

    Cori

    January 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

  29. And for that I continue to thank you, elliot. Personally, I would be very interested in reading what that thread said if you ever decide to translate it.

    I really wish you did just “tell [me] what[‘]s there”. I’d really like to know just what people are saying in a very stringent, scientific way. However, you seem to agree far too easily with the Koreans and their comments and thus use slightly different language to describe something than someone from, say…another planet who cared nothing about Aion. Instead of saying “this is what is” you perhaps say “this is what is and that’s bad”. I don’t need an opinion attached to a translation to help me form my own content judgment.

    What I’m trying to say, I think, is that I’d love to read direct translations, or even summaries like you’ve done here, without any indication of bias. No sentences like “it’s been a dark week”, or “broken class balance”. Just skip the “it’s been a dark week” and go straight to “some new issues have arose”. Don’t say “broken” class balance. Perhaps use “troublesome” or “difficult” or something to that effect. Better yet, leave out comments on “balance” completely, since all “balance” is subjective to the individual.

    I can’t make you write like a professional for a magazine or news blog/website, elliot, but I will help you if you’d like. You could make a good amount of money running a blog that translates Korean news for games, but people wouldn’t tolerate an obvious negative bias in each news post, heheh. Believe me, I tried before. ;)

    “Do you like bots?
    Do you like hacks?
    Do you like having really no endgame?”

    No, hate ’em, but it’s not the game’s fault bots exist.
    No, hate those too, but again it’s not the game’s fault. It’s the people. People are flawed.
    As for “having really no endgame”: uh, what? Aion has a gigantic endgame. Huge. Perhaps it’s not exactly what you want, but it’s what I want. And it’s definitely there.

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

  30. //Mark “I don’t need an opinion attached to a translation to help me form my own content judgment.”

    You can leave anytime.

    //Mark “However, you seem to agree far too easily with the Koreans and their comments”

    Ehm, maybe because there is quite some truth in it?

    //Mark “can’t make you write like a professional for a magazine or news blog/website, elliot, but I will help you if you’d like.”

    I think you should take a course yourself, what you’re doing with AS lately is beyond ridiculous.

    //Mark “No, hate ‘em, but it’s not the game’s fault bots exist.”

    :DD Seriously, sometimes I just love to read your comments. LOL

    //Mark “Aion has a gigantic endgame”

    No. Aion SUPPOSED TO has.. unfortunately that is not what we got..

    JackRabbit

    January 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  31. “No, hate those too, but again it’s not the game’s fault. It’s the people. People are flawed.”

    So NCSoft is supposed to expect people are perfect angels even after what they’ve seen in all of their games?

    I don’t mean to bash you at all, it’s just some of your opinions seem very…NCSoft-washed. This isn’t just my opinion either.

    Regardless, I think some of your other points had merit to them, but it’s ultimately up to Elliot if he chooses to listen to your requests.

    birdman

    January 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

  32. //Cori
    Happy new years to you too and everyone else : )

    //Mark
    If you have a problem with my writing, then just don’t read it :( That’s all I’m gonna say.

    elliot

    January 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

  33. Nah, I’ll continue to read it and disagree on key points, agreeing on others.

    JackRab, I’m used to trolling. It won’t work on me, sorry to disappoint. :P

    BirdyMan, of course people aren’t going to all be angels like you and me…or whatever. ;) I’m just saying that expecting the worst out of your potential fans isn’t the most…efficient way to design a game? It kills a lot of creative optimism, replacing it with melodramatic redundant repetition (finding game mechanics that might be twisted to foul ends, destroying the mechanic, etc.).

    It’s better to design a game the way you want it and plug holes later than to plug holes before the game is even complete. Like critiquing a work of art before it’s finished, what good would that do? It would only discourage the artist. What a waste of potential, right?

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

  34. While I do agree with you in that sense, but the game is already released. They need to start plugging those holes ASAP.

    birdman

    January 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm

  35. True. They have a lot of work to do everywhere, but this shouldn’t discourage people in NA/EU from becoming interested in the game.

    And that’s where my quandary lies. I want these issues rectified as soon as anyone else, but I don’t want them sensationalized or NCsoft villainized in the process.

    These problems could be much more smoothly reported and commented on, but instead Aion’s fan community is handling them like tabloid pieces, running around rampant, spitting blood at passersby and screaming its little head off as loud as possible. This doesn’t seem like an effective activist strategy for me.

    NCsoft West is always reading the forums and will pick up on problems nearly as fast as I do (hopefully). The current cacophony of unrest waxes with new information and wanes with time, but it always seems to grow ever stronger the closer we come to the reality of release in NA and EU.

    I just remembered a really nice, appropriate piece of prose, haha. Here we go!

    Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Macbeth, of course. ;)

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

  36. Seriously Mark, I think you should just stfu and go back to nazi’ing AS instead of coming here and critiquing every one of elliot’s posts. You’re the main reason he left AS, yet you’re still stalking him.

    Diana

    January 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

  37. //Mark

    As to ‘negative’ tone of the translated articles, they are the OP’s choice of words, not mine. As for this post, what other words would u have liked me to use? Isn’t it bad that this game is having hacks as if its 90s? If I was talking about them as if they were nothing, that would really be being biased. There’s a reason why AionChosun (where almost all of my articles come from) is the top Aion fansite in Korea. They don’t sugar coat things and not report issues because they might hurt precious NCsoft. They post the things that are really on players’ minds.

    The comment section is intended for discussion of the things posted. If you are going to continue coming here to just criticize my way of writing as NCsoft’s Champion, you are very not welcome to read my posts. The person who should be thinking more about being neutral is you. You are the admin of a discussion board yet you are going ‘rampant’ on your own site, locking threads that you personally don’t seem fit. You’re here because you want to do that here too but you can’t. so you just keep trying to provoke me with indirect jabs behind your “polite” words. Well, stop it or I’m just gonna start deleting.

    elliot

    January 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

  38. Elliot is not the only one leaving because of him, that place become something no owner should be proud of. I’m still wondering why the remaining ppl are still there, though by looking through the newest threads, I have a feeling an other massive crowd will leave soon.

    //Mark “I’m used to trolling. It won’t work on me, sorry to disappoint. :P”

    Actually I think you are the one who keeps trolling this blog, bringing idiotic and unreasonable comments every time you post. Should we start a petition asking you to leave or you got common sense enough to realize your posts are not really welcomed here and stop posting and set yourself to read-only mode?

    JackRabbit

    January 1, 2009 at 9:14 pm

  39. I can’t believe the absolute morons trying to put Mark as a hater or whatnot… The guy stated that he agreed on most of negative news Elliot posted as being negative, and critiqued his way of writing ONLY. An extremely good example would be class balance opinions being extremely subjective. Every single MMO out there has class balance issues and crybabies. That doesn’t mean A. The class balance issues exist, or are that bad, B. you should call the games balance in general broken, especially when talking about 1v1 balance in a group/mass PVP, or C, other people do not find it balanced. A lot of people might disagree, and I’ll be extreme on this part just to prove a point, but I found L2 to be one of the most balanced MMOs so far all in all.

    Elliot ran from AS because people thought his translations of other peoples work were his own negative editorials, and he defended himself by stating that, but now he’s posting negative editorials himself and he can’t use that excuse anymore, when people flame him, which in Marks case wasn’t even any flaming whatsoever.

    L2read, l2notfanboy.

    Before some absolute dickhead comes in with a “you shouldn’t read his articles if you don’t like them!!!” idiocy. My post is directed at the retarded comments here rather than this article itself.

    dalavita

    January 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  40. My “polite” words are just that, contrite and written with conviction. I mean not to provoke you do anything but rise above the masses and become a better writer, reporter, standard bearer of the masses which you aim to be already. I’m encouraging you, not discouraging. You may believe I am being unfair or untruthful, but I’ve only a few times in my interweb life been more honest.

    At least a month ago, back on the Shoutbox, I wrote that though I may disagree with some of the things you write I still support your efforts to bring about change. My moderation on AionSource.com is a reflection of my job: I have a duty not to suppress opinions or voices, but to suppress Chaos and disorder. I close threads most often because there is no hope for them. Regardless of the OP’s divine aspirations, only Exterminatus can cure the pox that sometimes festers and spreads to other discussions.

    By the way, did I ever make you part of the Translator usergroup on AionSource.com? I forgot. I thought I did, but if I didn’t I should have.

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  41. dalavita, I appreciate your efforts to defend me, but honestly you’re just going to make people more upset. I’ll defend my position if need be, thank you. Nothing personal, of course. It’s my duty to put myself in the line of fire, you need not assist me. I cannot defend you.

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

  42. Problem is, Mark, that you are the one firing at us and we’re the ones need to “defend” ourselves. Saddest thing of all, you can’t even notice it.

    Lyana

    January 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  43. So I guess that makes me…Duke Nukem? :D

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  44. I’m not defending you Mark, I’m flaming morons. You’re being used to make it more dramatic. Big difference.

    If you feel like I’m defending you, I could tell you to go and die? :D

    dalavita

    January 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  45. There is no WE Lyana. The only thing Mark fired at with a bubble gun was Elliots writing, and it started a hissy fit among a couple of people… You’re not part of Elliots writing. You’re a reader, which puts you outside the flames.

    Wish I had an edit button so I wouldn’t have double-post.

    dalavita

    January 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm

  46. Yeah, WordPress kinda sucks for discussions like this.

    Go ahead, tell me to go die. For all you guys know I get off on that kind of stuff, which is why I continue coming back for more wherever and whenever I can find it. D:

    Mark

    January 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  47. Agreed with dalavita.

    Lyana, I don’t see why this is a one side versus the other thing – it seems a rather childish mentality.

    I think a lot of neutral readers think elliot’s work is very opinionated (myself included). Actually, that’s why I like reading it because it gives a second opinion. The only qualm is that it’s sometimes presented as “the one and only truth”, but I suppose that’s just elliot’s writing style.

    Entice

    January 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

  48. As to comment on the way things are written, I cannot tell whether they are the way they are posted on the other korean sites or his personal opinion, but it does appear to be the latter case. Either way I do not really care, I take out the key points anyway which reflects enough on me and is the same opinion of he has.

    Btw the max level is still not 50 so I am still waiting for the current end game, but if the end game content is the abyss pvp and only grind for gear upgrades trough abyss pvp. Which in turns makes it a pvp game then it is definitely a turn off for me. I am hoping for PvE raid content and pref instanced as well in Aion. ( the advantages of instanced over open makes me want more instanced then open dungeons..)

    Azania

    January 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm

  49. i really hope ncsoft will fix this thing…its quite unbelievable what issues are comming up…that masterminds of l1,l2,gw..its phatetic they havent learned anything from the past

    phyx

    January 2, 2009 at 12:04 am

  50. Entice:

    I only continued Mark’s metaphor, to highlight things (again) he may not know about. I didnt respond to his first comment addressed to elliot @ this article, but to his way handling things when it comes to posting issues and problems of the game.

    Lyana

    January 2, 2009 at 12:12 am

  51. To be honest, for AION to be appeal to the NA mass, it has to have content to last at least 3-6 months while NCsoft working on expansion. The NA MMORPG is really competitive. AION’s current state is not ready for the NA release and even if it releases, it may spike a large subscriptions for a first month or so, and then profusely bleeding to death like Warhammer.

    I was planning to start the game at NA release, however, i am gonna hold back and wait to see how NCsoft handles those issues. In the mean time, gonna play WC3 and L4D.

    Wrath

    January 3, 2009 at 11:35 am


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