Posts Tagged ‘mmo’

The Super Alliance of Randomly-Generated Awesomeness!

After getting burnt-out on World of Warcraft a few months ago, I eventually stumbled into Champions  Online by way of an ad or an article somewhere.  A lot of folks bash Free-to-Play games for lacking the polish of subscription-based games, and most of the F2P games I’ve played are really cheesy with the way they try to make the game a pain in the ass unless you buy a mount or some better gear.  But I gotta say that Champions is a really fun experience, even if you’re being a cheapskate.

I have to confess that out of about twenty characters and many, many hours of play, I haven’t managed to get a single toon past level 14.  It turns out that my favorite activity in the game is actually just creating characters.  You have so much control, and there are so many options!  I can literally spend hours hitting the “Randomize All” button in the character creation screen, giggling like crazy at the ridiculous costumes that it makes.  So, I’d like to present a few of these randomly-generated toons.  Let’s see how many times we can use the word “justice” in their descriptions.

Pink Champion

Super Power: Fabulousness

Accessoria

On the day before her high school graduation, Accessoria was the sole survivor of a freak explosion in a Claire’s Boutique. Since then, she has used her amazing (but inexpensive) accessories to fight for justice.

ArticMimenkhamen

Exiled to the frozen wastes more than four thousand years ago for mimery, ArticMimenkhamen silently fights for justice in a world that tries to make him talk. I would totally play this toon, and never say anything in chat. I would just use emotes. RP for the win.

Balance Buzzard

Locked in a constant struggle between his yearning for justice and his insatiable hunger for carrion, Balance Buzzard travels the land helping those in need.

Syberian

This is a toon I actually play from time to time. The frost/soviet theme actually came up randomly and I thought it was pretty…cool. I tweaked his costume quite a bit then typed up this backstory:

“A product of a super-secret project during the last years of the Cold War, cybernetic and genetic enhancements have given Alexei Chernov the ability to slow subatomic particles to a near dead stop. His first assignment was to help freeze and contain the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. After the collapse of the Soviet Union this devout communist dedicated his life to fighting evil, demonstrating the might and goodwill of his by-gone creators.”

Syberian’s Black Costume

For when he’s emo.

J.U.M.P., The CyberShark

When times are desperate and ratings are at an all-time low, he goes too far…for Justice!

Kinky Demon

You would. You totally would. After a few beers…end of the night…maybe use a fake name and a burlap sack or two.

Pirate Bootie

Here’s another candidate for the Double-Bag Club. I’m sure she’s a very nice person. That bootie is rockin’.

The Bellhop

I kept this guy. The random parts were the color scheme, the jacket, and the ape head. The rest was meticulously crafted by moi. I’d love to see a comic book with this dude in it, perhaps as a villain.

TigerMoth

This one is totally random. I’d play this toon if I were into the neko thing, I guess.

Flyin’ FrostWolf

This is another totally random toon that is actually pretty cool. A little tweaking and this would be a good character.

The Amalgamn

He’s a hero trying to find out who he is. Where do you fit in when you’re just a pile of random crap tossed together and painted yellow? And yes, I put that “n” on the end of his name on purpose. I thought it was rad.

PoundNote

He has a pound symbol on his chest and he looks like he would pound people into the ground. Might make a decent villain or a dark, snarky hero a’la Hellboy.

The Playmate

Um…moving on….

EightBit

Nope, this one wasn’t random. I spent a considerable amount of time on homegirl here. She bad.

Will a recession/depression help or hurt MMO games and worlds?

I’ve been wondering what effects the economic shitstorm downturn will have on massively-multiplayer online games and communities.  Will people be more inclined to reduce the amount of money they pay to participate?  Will we see a rise in free-to-play MMOs here in the US?  (Free-to-play is heeeeeuuuuge in Asia, apparently.)

What I don’t foresee happening is people spending more time and money on MMOs due to the economic crisis…not this time, anyway.  I don’t think our society has yet tipped over to a condition where online life is preferable to “real” life.  For one, the graphics just aren’t up to snuff.  🙂

Perhaps 20 to 25 years from now, when we’ve dug ourselves into yet another financial pit and we have realistic holographic projections instead of monitors, some folks will choose to spend the majority of their waking hours in a virtual world where they’re beautiful and wealthy.  Of course, their full-time job will probably be farming Warcraft gold for some megaconglomerate, but it might be preferable to real-world alternatives.

Bliztards: Cheating OK as long as nobody else makes money off it.

Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $6 million as a result of their suit against the makers of  MMOGlider, a program that takes a small amount of suckage out of the grindfest that is World of Warcraft.

So let’s get this straight…it’s perfectly OK for you to multi-box 5 shamans, but you can’t run what is essentially a beefed-up macro program to grind some ore?  It’s the whole multibox thing that makes me think that the goldfarmers that are “ruining the game” aren’t so bad.

If I’ve learned anything while leveling my four (yes, 4) 70’s, is that the game is all about the plug-ins and helper sites.  As soon as you discover sites like wowhead.com, thottbot, etc., then the game is pretty much over in terms of mystery or effort.  You grab the essential plugins like QuestHelper, which takes you by the hand and leads you to your next mind-numbing killfest.  No exploration needed.

If you’re into the PvP scene, there are plenty of plugins and macros for that, too.  I have a sap macro for my rogues that gives me the upper hand against other rogues.  I just spam it and it automatically targets nearby enemies and saps them.  It’s great for ferreting-out stealthed rogues.  Is it cheating?  It’s not considered cheating by WoW…it’s just another spell macro.

I cancelled my account(s) soon after getting most of my purple PvP gear for my main rogue (I have 2 horde rogues and one alli rogue).  I was hardcore-addicted to the game and one day I just overdosed and saw through the madness.  This recent court battle is yet another reason to stop wasting my money and my precious time on BULLSHIT.

I tried multiboxing for about a week, and I think that contributed greatly to finally quitting.  I realized that it’s all about money and time.  If you have enough cash and/or time to put into WoW, you can dominate in whatever aspect you choose.

Am I against multi-boxing?  Nope.  Go right ahead and spend your money how you see fit.  But don’t look down on somebody who buys gold or runs a program like Glider to try to catch up with you.

To sum up: Screw you, Blizzard.  The thing that ruins your game is the lack of original content and the rudeness of your players, not the goldfarmers or botters.

I shan’t be participating in the upcoming Bath of the Rich King, either.  OH LOOK!  We’re going to fight some zombies!  They look just like the ones outside Brill…but they’re level 80!