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1786  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 07:08:06 AM
That's lame, but this is a communist nation we're talking about. I'm surprised they didn't do this earlier.

What does being communist have anything to do with taxing a business that makes so much money?

And really, a lot of gold farmers in China work in sweatshop-type stores and don't make that much money- it's the companies that buy the money in bulk like IGE that makes the absurd amounts of cash off of it. This will probably raise the prices on gold and online currency, so it can only be a good thing I suppose.

As far as terms of service goes, it's all up to the game creators themselves to make sure they have people to uphold the policies and ban the gold sellers/farmers. If the economy is going to hell in a video game, usually I would just blame the creators for not taking any action. This was very apparent in FFXI- the instant the company started actually giving a damn about gil sellers and banning them, the economy problem fixed itself slowly.
1787  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 05, 2008, 02:28:26 PM
If you play MNK, you're gonna want to level WAR eventually anyway- you need Warrior as a subjob once you reach level 18 (Which is when you get a subjob).

Did some random killing in Sacrarium and I got one of these babies:

Also went for a Dynamis run with Beacon for the first time, and i got a crappy AF2 item.
Well, it was free, so I'm not complaining (If you consider using 5 friggin' charges of a reraise hairpin as "free"). :P

I took a picture of some of my sky LS peeps. This was the best picture I could get since people didn't really want to gather, I suppose. We did Kirin and got absolutely garbage drops- I'm not even gonna bother posting it.

My second chocobo has grown to adolescence...

And it's going to be black. Hmm.
1788  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 05, 2008, 02:24:17 PM
Personally, I liked both Obama and McCain (Though Ron Paul is still awesome :P), but the deal breaker between those two for me was Palin.
1789  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 11:12:00 AM
Trust me, if you're only around level 10, it's not worth transfering your character. =P

By the way, server transfer IS instant. It costs $30 and it is more or less instantaneous (Which is what has led to constant abuse of it by account hackers), but like I said, not worth it if you've only played a few hours.
1790  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 07:55:01 AM
Pretty much all of us are on Leviathan, so you might want to come here unless you're on Alexander to play with your friends.
1791  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: More weird news ; "Japanese man petitions to marry comic-book character" on: November 01, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
I dunno, isn't "loving" a manga character is just as weird as loving any ideal person in our mind- because that ideal person is also a caricature, and is far from being human. Cartoons characters usually start with some idea of what kind of person they are...a physical description, a general personality- this is the same thing we describe whenever people ask us what kind of person would we be attracted to.

More related to the topic though, I'm not sure why they are even bothering to do this. If you want marriage as a spiritual bond it shouldn't matter whether the law sanctions it or not - the only reason the law should "allow" certain marriages is because it affects how these people will live together. Wouldn't be any different than before if you got married to a fictional character.
1792  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 01, 2008, 06:26:19 PM
For you right now, you probably shouldn't have immediately ran out and started fighting stuff, though I suppose you can learn that way, it's just not as efficient probably. They added in a new introductory tutorial NPC for each nation, so you should check those out first. You'll also get some pretty nifty items that I wish I could have when I was starting out. Heh.

Selele      Windurst Woods (K-10)
Gulldago   Bastok Markets (D-11)
Alaune     Southern San d'Oria (G-10)

And yeah, potions are very rarely used in this game- they're usually only used for important instance battles, missions and such. For general adventuring and exploring you may carry some around but they're not worth relying on. I don't recall how to enable chat logging- I'm not sure if it's even possible. The game does have automatic chat logging in ...\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\TEMP, but I've never been able to figure out how to make my computer display the formatting coherently. Also if you want to keep them, you're gonna have to move it out every time, since I think they get deleted every time you log in.

The thing about MMOs is that there's never any real goals in the game aside from what you set for yourself. There's a lot to do in this game, but one of the problems FFXI has always had is that you need to be a high level to do a good amount of them, so I would focus mostly on grinding right now. You can do missions as they come along since they do have recommended levels to do them, if you're in a hurry to jump into the story- that's the crowning achievement of FFXI to me, really.

Guess I'll post a few links you can use as references later on.

Main POL site, info on upcoming game updates and events, etc.

This is the page I generally use for questions about specific quests, missions, or whatever.
1793  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: More weird news ; "Japanese man petitions to marry comic-book character" on: October 31, 2008, 12:08:32 PM
Well, isn't loving a manga character kind of like loving an ideal of a woman we have- or even the ideal man if you're a woman for that matter? We can love something that we create within our minds because it has everything we want in it, kind of like Pygmalion...except in this case it's someone else's sculpture.
1794  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gettin' my nostalgia on! on: October 28, 2008, 09:21:47 AM
If I recall, Mega Man 2 on Game Boy was a bit different on NES.

If I'm not mistaken, all the gameboy Megaman games were all different than the NES ones- only similarity is that they reused bosses.

And if I'm not mistaken, Megaman II was the most laughably easy of the entire series. I can't imagine you trying to play Megaman 5 at that age, Tomara. =P
1795  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gettin' my nostalgia on! on: October 28, 2008, 09:15:36 AM
I'm probably a bit younger than most of you, so for me it's Lufia 2. I also have fond memories of megaman 5 on the Chinese NES knockoff I had, but i think Lufia 2 was the first relatively long game that I actually finished. Love that game.

Really, we had probably over a hundred games on the SNES- I probably still haven't played a good amount of them. Some other games that I still remember clearly are Treasure Hunter G, Energy Breaker, and of course Megaman X games.
1796  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gamer personality test thing on: October 27, 2008, 07:19:32 AM
Wasn't directed at you; I got the same thing.
1797  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gamer personality test thing on: October 26, 2008, 02:38:58 AM
To be fair, I still think this is one of the better personality tests I've seen out there. Other ones tend to give you really stupid answer choices that make it obvious what the outcome is. But here, the questions are diverse enough.
1798  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 26, 2008, 01:51:52 AM
The neckpieces can teleport you to the nations- it's better than the trick staff if you can get all 3. Heh.

Well, first off I got my BLU to 60.

I was pretty impressed with the party, I dunno if this is a common thing since I haven't leveled at this range in a while, but I've never gotten past chain 6 or 7 in a mid-level party like this before.

Fear my shiny new armor!

Next up is Ouryu. I thought this sounded like a pretty easy fight, at least not any harder than the last few ones...

I don't think that's a very good question to be asking, Tenzen.

So here's the all-star team.

First we wanted to take him out with Nall using Astral Flow, but that screwed up because we didn't dispel his stoneskin, and his third Aerial Blast missed because he ran out of range. We slept him and ran out of the BC, thinking we were gonna call it for the day.

I bought a few mistmelts in town before I left thinking I wouldn't end up using any of them, but we decided we'd just try to fight him straight on and bring him down with the mistmelts.

Was somewhat of a close call, but we got the job done. I leave you with this cool picture of Tenzen. He doesn't seem to be the brightest guy around- I don't think it's a good idea to be so insolent to the goddamn king of the Wyrms.

1799  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gamer personality test thing on: October 25, 2008, 05:48:08 AM
The Helping Hand
Deliberate Sociable Fun Veteran (DSFV)
Generous, helpful, kind...a few of many positive attributes people see in you, the Helping Hand. Nothing satisfies you more than helping your teammates or friends out in all the games that you play. You may even look to assist people in some cases if there is no one around asking for help. In fact, the enjoyment that you receive from helping people rivals that of solving a puzzle, winning a battle, or achieving a hard objective in a game.

Heavily social intensive games tend to be what you enjoy the most although you can probably find something to take pleasure in with most games. For instance, if you happen to find yourself in a competitive first person shooter, you'd probably take the support class. We recommend you stick to games (and crowds!) where people will appreciate you more; these include more casual gamers seeking fun and excitement from games rather than the serious competitive ones.

I think it's a glitch.
1800  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 23, 2008, 12:20:15 AM
it shows you where I sleep

That's a good thing?
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