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1531  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on: August 23, 2009, 04:37:18 PM
Cataclysm...of what? Of what, Blizzard? You're supposed to make every expansion at least three words; it's a tradition, duh. And preferably, the name has to be in the form "Something of the something".

The Ruins of Kunark
The Scars of Velious
The Shadows of Luclin
The Planes of Power
The Legacy of Ykesha
Lost Dungeons of Norrath
Gates of Discord
Omens of War
Dragons of Norrat
Depths of Darkhollow
Prophecy of Ro
Secrets of Faydwer

Rise of the Zilart
Chains of Promathia
Treasures of Aht Urhgan
Wings of the Goddess

Ambition of the Illuminus

Blizzard, this slipshod originality in your titles is going to end up making people actually interested in your product.

I'm a pretty light player of WoW so I don't know nearly as much as the rest of the people that play the game around here, but I'm impressed that they're going to bother to revamp old, obsolete content to the extent that they're going to, because it's not even content that you have to buy the expansion to experience. They could've been lazy and just like, put a portal into another time frame where the areas look exactly the same but the enemies are 20 levels higher and the gameplay content is boring as fuck (*cough* WoTG).
1532  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: some FF14 stuff on: August 07, 2009, 05:42:29 AM
Those environments look great...I'm officially a lot more excited just looking at those...just from those screens it feels like those areas will be huge. I hope exploration (Actual ADVENTURING) will have a stronger presence in this new game. I most definately want a seamless world, among other things.
1533  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: some FF14 stuff on: August 05, 2009, 01:44:27 AM
If they re-proportioned the heads on the Lallafels that would fix it up fast, otherwise they look fine. I really hope these designs arn't final.
1534  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 26, 2009, 08:37:49 PM
How are the new Ninja JAs? Useful? Strange? Situational? Broken? Hasso/Seigan quality of actually being good? My ninja was up around 64 before I vanished and I'd love to have some new toys to play with. I'd heard the crit rate bonus was past the borderline of being broken out the ass. True or false on that?

It's pretty broken, if you just look at the stat boosts themselves. Innin starts with Critical Hit Rate +30%, Ninjutsu Damage +30%, Enmity -10. It's not known exactly how much the accuracy bonus is but it starting at 30 accuracy wouldn't be unreasonable given that 30 seems to be a popular number in these. Of course the stat boosts decay over the duration, so I wouldn't really say it's broken overall. Not to mention the 5min duration/5min recast, along with a shared timer with Yonin, and the fact that the effect can be dispelled and you have to stand behind the enemy to get any of the bonuses, makes Innin just okay overall.

Yonin is pretty badass though. It has a decaying +30 enmity, -30 accuracy, which makes it an absolute must when you're tanking and you don't care for hitting the enemy (NIN/DRK). The enemy crit hit - is probably 30% decaying as well. The Ninja Tool Expertise Bonus is unknown at the moment, because SE once again completely screwed up and glitched the game ("Extensive testing" eh?), and now the NTE bonus on the JA is 100%, meaning a NIN with Yonin up is going to be able to spam as much ninjutsu as they want without using a single tool until they decide to fix it. Frankly, I think they should just leave it this way... =P

Also, Lady Lilith is hotter than fucking hell. I don't even know why demon horns, deviousness, devilishness, black wings and a lack of clothing is so fucking hot but it never fails. This more than makes up for Naja being a fucking dick-starved pain in the ass. Lion was boring and tripe, and whoever that PUP princess in aht urghan was is also a ponce.

Prische was fuckin' sexy though... for an 1800 year old elvaan. ;x

Lilisette seems to be in many ways a clone of Prishe character-wise, though she does seem a lot more fallible than Prishe, probably due to the fact she's not two hundred years old or whatever. But she's certainly better than Lion and Aphmau, since Lion was just boring and Aphmau was completely useless.

And I can't believe I didn't see it until now, I was wondering wtf your avatar was and I just figured out it was Dunbine.

the first time i saw the elf corsair prince dude i thought she was hot then someone told me it was a guy >_>

I can understand mistaking Luzaf for a girl, but I'm not sure how you can say he's hot when he looks like he's Michael Jackson. :P

I hope they fix that broken counter thing soon, or else Salvage is going to be a pain in the ass.
1535  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 26, 2009, 04:51:49 AM
So after SIX FUCKING MONTHS of waiting, new missions have finally been added. I have succeeded in completing these 11 new mission in about two days. That's quality patch work.

I'll try to spoiler tag whatever I think actually qualifies as spoilers, because there's a lot of stuff that's been obvious from the start because it was part of the marketing in the damn trailer. We return to the missions with Lilisette running up asking me if I remember her, all the while in a very...compromising position. She seems to get into these positions quite often.

Here come the fanfics.

Cait Sith reappears, just as useless as he's ever been.

They set up some exposition about what has happened over the last 18 or whatever missions, because as we all know, it's been SIX FUCKING MONTHS since they last released any missions, so anybody who's actually bothered to do them hasn't remembered any of it because the story isn't good enough to warrant remembering any of it.

Now just pan the camera down a little bit...

Another purple-clad villain appears, because when I think of intimidating and threatening bad guys, I think of purple.

Oh, Lilisette. You're just asking for it, arn't you?

A bunch of demons appear, and the game forces the story branch into us winning. Frankly, it might be better if they killed me now so I don't have to suffer the pain of going through the rest of this expansion.

Unfortunately, IT'S A TRAP!

I just had to put this picture here.

Somewhere, a furry is touching himself very inappropriately.

Oh, now they're in handcuffs, things sure are getting kinky.

Portia realizes the terrible future that is to come- she must clean a bed where a stinky Elvaan had once slept.

A new character is introduced, wielding the legendary katana Amanomurakumo. Naturally, she is a completely vacuous and uninteresting character because we all know characters based around the most powerful great katana in the game should be uninteresting.

Marching north, Cait Sith uses a power that lets us be able to observe the enemy without any sort of detection, apparently. Of course that makes you wonder why he doesn't just use it to spy on the opposition all the time just to figure out exactly what they're up to. But then, that'd ruin the only attempt at a story this expansion is trying to make.

We find Portia and Lilisette. Much to my dismay, they are not making out.

Do I even need to make fun of this?

The return of the ten billion Cait Siths, because now that the story has bothered to begin focusing on just one or two of them, we're going to go back to confusing the hell out of the player.

Portia and Lilisette watch as the towering moist Cavernous Maw known as Atamos erects before them,
firm and strong sucking with all its mi-GET YOUR MIND OUTTA THE GUTTA

A big reveal is made- we are the Warriors of the Dawn, Lilisette and I! Awesome, we're using the exact same plot
point we've used in every single expansion up to this one! Good for them.

The maw sucks up the 5 remaining Cait Siths and spits back out the new and improved, in other words identical,
Cait Sith.

A fight that's actually a bit interesting.

Clearly, this is what the expansion needed more of in order not to suck.

I attempt to stare the villains to death.

Lady Lilith plays with some magic balls. I'm not taking that out of context by the way.

The Walk of Echoes, where Atomos plans on destroying the future. *Yawn* If you're going to do a time travel
story why don't you try at least doing something that hasn't been done to death? :P

Lilisette sits in Sandy crying only because
oh, she completely fucking failed at everything we set out to do.

Naturally the first reaction any player should give is to be an asshole.

Unfortunately the game does not allow heroes to be jerks, so this chapter of the story ends with a nice shot of the Cathedral.

Meanwhile, the Death Star slowly floats towards Castle-Zvahl.

But being serious, I think the mission quality this patch was pretty good. Something's finally happening in the story, something has actually been put up for stake, and many of the mysteries surrounding Lady Lilith and the Cait Sith have been revealed. There's still a lot more to find out, but at least they've released some information instead of this mysterious "we don't actually know what this story is about" stupidity that we've had up until this patch.

Random Salvage Stuff.

Went on some more Bhaflau Boss runs because I just want to finish the Usukane Set already. But apparently the 25 pieces for Usukane legs is even rarer than some 35 pieces out there.

Hey, I ain't complaining.
1536  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 20, 2009, 06:59:03 PM

What a pathetic update. Summer Updates are usually reasonably big, but this one is so...meh.

At least the AN Bodies are good.

Iron Ram Hauberk
DEF:50 HP+32 Enmity+6
"Magic Def. Bonus"+5
Set: Increases all elemental resistances

Fourth Brunne
DEF:45 STR+8 Evasion+9
"Subtle Blow"+7
Set: Increases Attack

Cobra Harness
DEF:42 Accuracy+11
"Store TP"+6
Set: Enhances "Counter"effect

Cobra Robe
DEF:39 HP+32 MP+32
"Magic Atk. Bonus"+4
"Conserve MP"+3
Set: Increases Magic Accuracy

Well, except the Bastok one obviously. That one sucks ass.
1537  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince on: July 16, 2009, 06:49:05 PM
Snape killing Dumbledore



you bitch...
1538  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: why do so many mmo's focus on pvp? on: July 15, 2009, 12:51:54 AM
If I'm not mistaken, EvE online took the worst of people over the internet- stealing items, lying to other players, and then created a game that ENCOURAGES that very concept, where basically everyone is an outlaw and nobody is safe, and alliances are all very fragile between players. Sounds interesting, but I've never checked it out myself.
1539  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 14, 2009, 06:16:17 PM
The exact reason to prevent the Han Chinese people over there from taking revenge was to deploy all this military force, which some people have deemed as excessive. It can't be both ways- is the Chinese government cracking down too harshly or are they letting Han Chinese run too freely killing Uighurs in revenge, because I definately would prefer the former over the latter.

Do you honestly think that Uighur men, women and children haven't been killed?

My point was that from all reports shown, and from people describing things at ground zero (Unlike certain advocates living in other countries that enjoy fudging false numbers), the Han violence was almost completely in response to a sudden unexplained Uighur riot. The riots on July 5th were completely unprecedented, and by the time the Han Chinese decided to strike back, police were already out trying to stop any more killing. I suppose at this point you could say there's probably plenty of Chinese doing their killing despite this, but it's just as likely there's still a bunch of Uighurs still running around killing Chinese people.

It's not like the PRC has actually said, there's 0 dead Uighurs.

Also, you can say what you like about freedom being a loaded word, but so is terrorism.

It's loaded when you start using it with no explanations attached- the Uighurs want their freedom- from what? Oh, from the Chinese oppression? So what have they done to you? Oh, no job opportunities? Is there something wrong with the current affirmative action system? Nothing apparently, so are they actually asking the government to go backwards into a more communist state and delegate jobs out to people based on race prevalence?

When I speak of terrorism, I don't mean the Uighur ethnic group (Because obviously there was plenty of non-combatant Uighurs), I mean these people who marched through the streets in the hundreds burning cars, chopping heads off and bashing heads open in the name of "freedom". When this word, freedom, reaches the ears of Western civilization, we assume things like African American slaves, the American revolution, etc.

So what's the similarity there? Nothing apparently, because unlike those, there's no obvious way the Uighurs are being treated unfairly from a government policy standpoint (Not allowing to vote, over-taxation, etc). Arguing about racism is a completely different thing, because we sure haven't solved that problem in the Western world, either.

The question is, why did this happen? Why are the Uighurs so angry? And if they don't have any people come out to explain, it probably means there isn't one, and they decided to come out and kill a bunch of innocent people just because they wanted to demonstrate that they can.
1540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 13, 2009, 05:55:13 PM
I do however think the numbers are about equal. The Han people are being no less vicious in this time of crisis.

Where the hell do you get off saying something like this? The numbers have been produced by both the Eastern and the Western media, and keep in mind that while the Chinese government usually doesn't allow the media to swarm in so fast, this time apparently it caught them off guard enough that they were there fast.

As a note, the Taiwanese media (Which is still Chinese, of course, but usually has surprisingly big discrepancies with PRC) noted that they saw unrest flare up in parts of the town simultaneously. If this was a building riot that just happened, then there wouldn't have been more Han people killed than Uighur since their numbers are about equal.

Of course the Han are being violent- THEY'VE HAD THEIR MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN KILLED. This is compounded by the fact that the Han Chinese are mostly locked under a single-child policy while the Uighur arn't.

This whole argument for the Uighur centers around this loaded word- "freedom". Fight for a cause where everyone has the same belief and arn't willing to go into depth about justifying it and take violent actions against innocent people- this is starting to sound like a terrorist movement, isn't it?
1541  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Square Enix has lost their god damned mind. on: July 12, 2009, 09:55:29 PM
This has been a problem for a while- I've also heard of people getting double-charged for the monthly payments, and then they got banned when they refused to pay for it. There's something funky going on with SE's systems, and they better fix this BS fast.
1542  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 12, 2009, 09:54:22 PM
Tachi: Koki

That's why I said ALMOST all. :P

ZNM is still the weakest link in my endgame adventures. I've seen Enkidu stuff drop all over the place for other people in my LS, but I've not gotten a single Enkidu piece so far. The only really "good" thing I've had dropped during one of my triggers was a Nagelring, which I passed up since I don't play DRK atm for the trigger. With that trigger, I now have a Monkey Wine pop item, which is the pop item for Tinnin. I hope we do a T4 run soon, and at least on T4 you're pretty much guaranteed at least one good item.

This will be a bit useful for my upcoming RDM, I suppose, currently level 66.

My Limbus LS did Proto-Ultima for the first time about 2 weeks ago. It was a really exciting thing to do, and it was one of the most challenging fights I've ever done in the game.

The Citadel Buster move does about 2000 damage, but it has a crappy animation- you'd think what is essentially a one-hit KO move would look cooler than a giant white orb thing.
We were close to wiping towards the end, but we had to zombie it a few times and I decided to take it out with style.

Meanwhile, we've done another Omega or two. I've been trying to get the Homam feet pieces ever since I joined the LS, but the one time it dropped I was outlotted by someone. However, to make up for that luck, I ended up getting this gem:

No more shitty movement speed minus!


I've cooled down a great deal on salvage nowadays, I do it about once a week on average now, and I don't even really run things I want to run. This also made me stop doing assaults as much as well, though I obviously find myself with an excess of tags so I do Nyzul Isle every now and then, despite my general disinterest at most of the prizes now that I have Usukane. Got this thing, though.

2/5 Denali, whee.
1543  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 10, 2009, 06:15:04 AM
Firstly, address what the whole minority issue is.

From what I can gather, it feels like the issue seems to be mainly the lack of job opportunities for the Uighur, or at least it seems to be the biggest thing, which, well, I'm really not sure what can be done to fix it. They already use a quota system of sorts there, if you expanded on that, there'd be even more to be going gaga over.

What I do take issue with is this idea that Rebiya Kadeer has been behind riots at all. Certainly she's no fan of the government and I have no doubt she's an activist in general. But the kind of accusations levelled at her are the same the PRC throws out at just about any perceived political threat, from the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, to Dharma Master Hsing Yun.

The reason I don't rule that out completely right away is mainly because of her track record, because she has been apprehended in the past for causing similar troubles many years ago, and then she apologized for it and was released to the custody of the United States, where she almost immediately began her activism. How someone can stand so firmly on both sides of the fence is pretty amazing.

But like I said, PRC says they have evidence, and if they don't produce any, it's completely an empty accusation, of course.

There's a pretty big world of difference in accusing someone like Rabiya Kadeer with such things than accusing someone who is considered through most of the world as one of the biggest advocates of peace. =P

While I agree that Chen Shui-bian was embroiled in political scandals and very much not a desirable leader, I can't see where you get this idea that Taiwan's government has become corrupt in the last 20 years.

It's more of that I feel that the past 20 years has really what contributed to the situation that Taiwan has found itself in today, not that it has been actually corrupt for 20 years. Lee Teng-Hui baton passed onto CSB, and now there's a government with pan-green filling a good majority of the higher-up positions, which wouldn't be a problem if huge shifts occurred often in the government, or can easily occur if work is unsatisfactory.

For the record, I really don't care much for the pan-green and pan-blue arguments, despite my parents being pretty vehemently against "independence" for Taiwan, which I find incredibly silly because the ROC and the PRC were never really one country anyway, it was a completely unresolved war. The only reason I'd be against the "independence" is because of what would happen as a result of it (more unnecessary conflict, and a really large scale one), I'm not against the actual idea of the ROC being independent, because as far as I know, they've been independent for decades. I've always found it pretty funny that the PRC doesn't seem to have a problem with the pan-blue since either way, they're still the same ROC and a completely separate government. :P

Hathen said that Ma Ying Jiou carries himself with dignity, but doesn't do anything substantial with his position.

And believe me, you haven't seen how messed up Taiwan can be. I've already touched on it earlier, and it's not only about the whole independence issue. Frankly, I'd be willing to bet you'd take a lot of the same issues up with Taiwan as you have with the PRC right now. I'm not kidding, the racism, the corruption, everything - it really is that bad.

The other thing is that a lot of people I've met there don't seem to really take the government too seriously anymore, at least not nearly as much as we do over here (The younger generation I mean, the older generation are all jaded and ranting types), and I can't really blame them because of how the politicians there generally conduct themselves- it's a pretty big damning when you have people that are truly not taking it all that seriously. Obviously people take overall policies and the big things seriously, but a lot of the politicians themselves are really hard to take seriously when they speak the way they do- and I'm really not joking because I'm actually chuckling to myself right now just thinking about it. Imagine if the people in US Congress started throwing paper planes at each other half the time instead of discussing, I'd actually say it's very nearly as absurd as that. They're always really caught up on one-upping each other verbally on camera (and to the entertainment of the masses watching the news there are cases where the politicians begin physical fights), instead of actually seriously discussing things.

Do I agree that the Uighurs should commit violence? No. Do I agree that riot police and shutting the Mosques is a good idea? Yes. Do I think the Chinese government will handle this well? No. But again: What should be done? What's the procedure you would take, if I may ask the question of you, Ash and Hathen?

One of the big troubles is that the Uighur comprise roughly the same amount of the population as the Han in Xin Jiang (~47% each I believe), so speaking simply within the context of Xin Jiang, they're no minority. Now, I of course am not to familiar with how things work in Xin Jiang politically, but if the main problem here seems to be the "unfair treatment" as far as jobs and school opportunities go (before cultural melting is something that is a completely different issue from these), then it seems to be that the best thing to do would be to construct some sort of NAACP-like organization there, having an official channel through which you can review individual cases. The question that is raised with this, of course, is who would run it? I guess the smart idea would be to have a board that's half Han and half Uighur?

But see, that leads me back to the whole issue I have with what information has come of this riot- none. Because of the fact that Xin Jiang already has a quota system for "minorities" (Kinda raises an eyebrow that you would need to introduce a quota system for a race that occupies nearly 50% of the population in that area), does that mean just having another organization isn't going to help?
1544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 09, 2009, 12:05:08 AM
WRPGs are awesome because I can wonder around for hours with nothing to do... just like real life!

just like shadow of the colossus amirite lul
1545  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xinjiang Riots in China on: July 08, 2009, 06:19:33 PM
How exactly involved is that woman in the violence itself?

For me, this is one of the biggest deciding factors in this scenario. Rebiya Kadeer has a history of causing conflicts in the Xin Jiang area, being detained for it, and then being released to the United States (which asked for her custody), and China capitulated. Given her history, I'm not one to trust much of what she says, but putting that aside, China claims to have evidence that this riot was premeditated (I believe they said through the internet, or through phones, but don't quote me on that detail), and they have evidence that Kadeer is part of the ETIM- of course, my whole belief on this story hinges on whether the PRC decides to disclose any of this information, because the only way I imagine they would have this information is through a spy, and they'd have to be careful about what parts they release. Until they do though, I of course will not believe it, nor will I believe any claims that this woman was innocent.

I'd say politicians in just about any country act like asshats.

Yeah, but I can't think of any other developed country that would accept any politicians making blatantly racist or homophobic statements and not getting an verbal ass-whupping for it.

The reason I say Ma Ying-Jeou is more dignified is because he doesn't do these things- he doesn't act like a child when he's supposed to be a role model for people(That's another reason he got a high female vote). I believe in a recent incident he even fired one of his own people because he made a statement to the effect of "You Taiwanese pigs". But like I said, as a president, he's certainly leaving a lot to be desired, but I believe that a President, and other people in important role-model positions, should carry themselves with a certain air.

The 20 years before Ma Ying-Jeou (CSB+Lee Teng-hui) has led to the corruption and inadequacy that exists in the Taiwan government today. As to whether or not it's any "less corrupt" than PRC...well, that's certainly not something can really be measured in any way.

What I am asking is what should the PRC do about it? What needs to be done to right things?

To this I really can't give an answer, everyone needs more information before they can decide what exactly happened here- that the PRC is actually claiming that this is a planned riot would make all the difference in the world to me.

The whole problem is that people view the issue as simply as "make them independent", when in fact that actually encourages violence, especially in a place where the Han Chinese and the Uighur are practically the same in numbers. If when the African American community raised up those many decades ago, the smart plan certainly wouldn't have been to give them their own private sanctuary, that just creates a new nation with the default setting of wanting to go against everything the nation it spawned from.

But that brings me to another question, what exact injustices are the Uighur claiming here? When a minority cries racism here, it's not exactly easy to prove/disprove.

As a last question, do people really still consider the Uighur to be Turkish(I realize they're technically the same race, but their culture is quite different by now)? If this is the case, this is now more like a border dispute, and not any sort of minority rising.
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