Rants


Recently there’s been a flurry of news about Diablo III, among them a potential release date later this year. But what’s most surprising is the fact players will have access to the auction house where they can sell items for real money to other players. Blizzard explains it as a way to combat gold sellers, but I see it differently: this only makes it easier for them.

While gold selling is against the terms of use of most MMORPGs, including Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, that hardly means it isn’t happening. While I never personally bought gold in any game (nor I ever had the need to), many players do and gold farming/selling industry is a rapidly growing one making millions of dollars each year. Powerleveling services are also tightly connected but in case of Diablo III it’s irrelevant. since leveling in Diablo 3 is pretty straightforward and easy.

Common knowledge is that most of these companies (often sweat shops) are based in China where young workers are being exploited for ridiculously low wages to farm and grind all day long. For the most part such practices are illegal, but of course that doesn’t make it go away. What I see happening is that these young, frequently underage boys will now be playing Diablo 3 all day long and sell those items for real money. And Blizzard is not only okay with it, but they even created a system that makes it extremely easy, and most importantly legal.

Most people when they heard about selling loot on the auction house in D3 thought how they could potentially make money playing the game, but that’s simply not true. You won’t even be able to get enough even for pocket change, because when these underpaid workers start grinding bosses and equipment and selling it the prices will get extremely low, and if you thought about earning money on Diablo think again. For the employers of the aforementioned workers this will most likely be a very profitable business, but the workers will still get less than $2 per day.

As a player this really doesn’t affect you much. If Blizzard decided to make a now already standard cash shop with items for Diablo III nobody would think twice about it, if not for the fact this is a single-player game (or maybe not?). This on the other hand is a completely different story, and how exactly it’ll unfold it yet to be seen.

There is however a clear winner in all of this, and it’s obviously Blizzard. They’ll sell you the game, and then take a cut from every single item sold. It’s definitely good business for everyone, except those guys working for $2/day.

Crysis 2, a sequel to a very popular FPS game was just recently released and already got a ton of positive reviews from what I’ve noticed. Many have already labeled it as one of the best games released this year. Personally, I don’t agree.

While the game has a lot going for it: incredible graphics and relatively fun and unique gameplay, I don’t think it brings anything revolutionary to the genre. It is a good and most importantly fun game, but it just doesn’t keep me engaged and wanting more. But apparently I’m in a minority again, much like with my opinions on SWTOR’s failure.

Judging by the fact that there are even strategy guides available for Crysis 2 the game must be selling insanely well. While I personally haven’t read it, I guess having info on nanosuits and multiplayer maps could be useful.

But anyway, what are your thoughts about C2? Does the game deliver, did you regret spending money on it or are you still having fun with it? Tell me now!

I really think this little upcoming MMORPG from Bioware you’re surely heard about called Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to fail. Here’s why…

It’s too early to speculate whether it’ll be a good game or not. We don’t even know the release date yet: supposedly sometime this year. My guess is October or November, but who knows. Bioware is probably under a lot of pressure to release it anyway so I doubt the release date will be pushed back even further, but you never know.

Since the game is in closed beta (again, without any word when open beta might actually begin) it’s hard to tell whether it’s even good or not. We’ve all watched the gameplay videos and whatnot but they can’t really tell you whether you’ll be enjoying the game or not. So that’s yet another thing we’ll have to wait and see.

But, the reason why I think SWTOR will fail is because everyone and their grandma expects this to be the best game ever. As you can guess from what I wrote in the above two paragraphs, we basically don’t know shit about SWTOR. We don’t know much about the classes, ships, combat, instances, crafting, and the most important thing, endgame content. (In)frequent nuggets of info we do get are all from the official channels, therefore they hardly tell the whole story.

A lot of MMORPGs failed because players had too high expectations, and the same thing IS happening with SWTOR. We both know you’ll buy the game regardless, but buying does not equal subscribing. Kick it down a notch people, this game won’t kill WoW. It might be good, but if you expect a miracle you’ll be in for a nasty surprise.

I’ve been closely keeping track of Rift for the past few months and been anticipating its release for what feels like forever now. I even preordered the game to gain access to headstart, but for the past 3 weeks since the game went live I haven’t even logged in.

I’ve fallen for the hype too! A ton of players are enjoying this game however and I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t read any bad reviews as of yet. Typically when MMORPGs come out we start hearing about their cons and lack of endgame content, but that’s not the case with Rift — yet.

I’m wondering if this game actually is as good as it seems. I lied when I said I didn’t log in though: I did try during the headstart, but the servers were full, and when I finally got past the queue I got greeted by a completely empty world due to 70,000+ latency. I’m guessing it’s fixed, but it kind of cooled me off for this game, despite it apparently being good.

So what are your thoughts on Rift, are you having fun or not? Can you see yourself playing this game 6 months from now, or will you move on to SWTOR or whatever else comes first?