Random thoughts by Lum

I fear that all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant, and filled it with a desire for vengeance. — Adm. Yamamoto, after the attack on Pearl Harbor

 

THE POPULARITY OF MEAN
2001-09-24 14:03:00 [Filed by Arcadian Del Sol]

Mean People Suck.
We stick that to the bumpers of our hatch-back imports, but do we really believe that, or is it just something we use to cover up the sun dried and rain stained images of dancing skeletons in top hats left there by the previous owner? You could ask just about anyone, and they’ll all agree that being mean is just not cool. But sometimes, I have to stop and wonder.

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LAWSUITS, GINKO BILOBA, AND YOU
2001-09-24 13:37:00 [Filed by Eldin]

There’s an autumnal chill in the air, and that can only mean one thing: Lawyers are lurking about. As the Ex-Counselors vs. OSI/EA lawsuit marches on, we’ve managed to get our hands on a court filing revealing some very interesting details about just what was going on behind the scenes at OSI/EA. Shame on you, you evil corporate empire.

Read more: You do realize this won’t be settled until we’re all dead and buried, right? | Story viewed 3565 times
Discuss: I’m just a Caveman. Your modern world frightens and confuses me.

 

DREAMING THE INCOMPETANT DREAM
2001-09-24 08:31:00 [Filed by Eldin]

With a patch more horrifying than a Time Life Great Story Songs commercial at 3 AM (you know the one), Funcom and their bastard child, Anarchy Online, have choked, gasped, and wheezed their way into the annals of MMORPG history. And not the Lincoln or Washington type parts either. More along the lines of the William Henry Harrison presidency.

Read more: They fought the unbeatable bug foe and lost | Story viewed 6653 times
Discuss: Bear the unbearable sorrow of AO players here

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
2001-09-23 22:21:00 [Filed by Eldin]

And now, a rant from our newest AO updater, Teirlap.

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Sorry for the lateness of this update. The staff was too busy thinking up new ways to offend AO Basher.

Unless you’ve been in a cave, in a coma, or in Norway for the last few days, most likely you’ve heard the news. Anarchy Online exploded recently. There was no loss of life, but there sure as hell will be a loss of subscribers.

Read more: AO fall down, go very boom | Story viewed 7676 times
Discuss: Keep the death vigil going here

 

AO BASHER DOESN’T LIKE US ANYMORE! WAAAA!
2001-09-22 08:58:00 [Filed by myschyf]

Crysalis of AO-Basher didn’t like Whamadoodles. She had this to say about it:

The rest of the parody is ridiculous trash about Hitler, “fetus throwing howitzers” and juvenile slurs. Shame too, the screenshots and a few witty one-liners would of been perfect. Did I mention LumtheMad.net is closing shop the end of this month after key members called it quits and their network bill broke the bank? They asked for donations, you know, to support more juvenile “humor” about Hitler and such…

Read more: Research is good! | Story viewed 7107 times
Discuss: Oh gosh I SO wanted to make a link to their forums instead of ours.

 

WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THIS?
2001-09-20 20:57:00 [Filed by Eldin]

And now, a rant from Todd “Warden” Coleman, a Shadowbane dev, on searching for the PvP niche in second generation MMOGs.

Read more: Two Shadowbane articles in two days? Inconceivable | Story viewed 7913 times
Discuss: Comment on Warden’s rant here

 

A GAME FOR US ALL AT LAST
2001-09-20 18:19:00 [Filed by Eldin]

Remus Shepherd was gracious enough to let us have a sneak peak at the the future of what should be an instant success on the MMORG front.

Introducing Whamdoodles, the game everyone should be talking about.

Discuss: Pre-Order Whamdoodles here

 

HOORAH! SOME CRAP ABOUT SHADOWBANE!
2001-09-20 16:35:00 [Filed by Hedron]

Now you can all yell at each other and point fingers, and no one will have to reply to this article with “what does this have to do with Shadowbane?”

Read more: Good? Evil? Fook that cliche noise. It’s a world of the powerful and the weak. | Story viewed 5366 times
Discuss: Jibber jabber jibber jabber.

 

NO TRIVIAL LOOT FOR LUCLIN
2001-09-20 15:49:00 [Filed by Tick]

Well, in contrast to the statements reflected in the story below, it appears as though the Verant folks may be taking the odd cue from the customer base after all. On the EQ official site’s Developer’s Corner, Brad McQuaid has announced that the overwhelming majority of players really, really hate the Trivial Loot Code:

In fact, after polling over 200,000 players, most want the looting system left alone, almost as many want us to explore a different solution for bottom feeding and rampant farming, and a minority were in favor of the Trivial Loot Code as it exists today in the Warrens and Stonebrunt Mountains (the remainder either didn’t have an opinion or were unfamiliar with TLC).

Well, so be it. 🙂

We will head back to our drawing boards and keep brainstorming on this issue, but at this current time we do NOT intend on implementing TLC for the zones in our upcoming expansion, the Shadows of Luclin.

Well, color me confused on whether they want input or not, but props to Verant for listening on this one.

Discuss: They want our input, they don’t want our input, they want our input, they don’t want…

 

LISTEN TO CUSTOMERS? NAH
2001-09-20 09:27:00 [Filed by Tick]

The UK version of Edge magazine has a look inside Sony Online Enterainment, as well as some words from their CEO, Kelly Flock, and boy did he have a few things to say.

Read more: And while they may not surprise you, they might piss you off a bit. | Story viewed 22572 times
Discuss: Maybe you have some words for Mr. Flock?