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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Emet and the Crystal Exarch are both really good in Shadowbringers. Cid during the fucking Praetorium is shockingly awful.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    I heard if you change to Japanese voices, the cutscenes are shorter and you can kill the bosses / trash while the english people are still watching. Haven't tested it though.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    You just have a different line for where 'old blizzard' is. Blizzard saw the organic growth of SC esports, the trading community of D2 and the success of their 'polish a genre' that Warcraft/WoW had and they decided to formalize that as a company identity. They overdid it after that. I was there...
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Overwatch has always represented Nu-Blizzard with it's focus on a community college admissions pamphlet cast of characters. It came out in the peak of 'one game per genre with a focus on esports' era of Blizzard that happened post WoWs ridiculous success. Old blizzard is CRT monitors, pizza...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Asmond is a better story than Rich. Rich was easily convinced. Asmondgold represents the very real contingent of westerners who can't get over the 'weeb aesthetic' and enjoy the game. Asmon was convinced to play and eventually fell to the dark side. I'm sure it's not what vg EB posters would...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    It's refreshing how the devs are pretty frank and open with the community. At this point in the Live Letter, YoshiP is discussing why they didn't move to the cloud to solve their server issues and is surprisingly candid/open.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Cover this shit up. Completely unacceptable.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    After the whole Tipper Gore PC era, there was significant push-back by entertainment. Things like Politically Incorrect and Tough Crowd came out after that. This time, it feels like tptb are all in on it.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Hopefully he can come back and run a guild on the next TLP launch!
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    https://www.wowhead.com/achievement=7411/10000-daily-quests-completed
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    Blizzard is Dying

    10.2 retcons BfA to be about Azeroth's gender reassignment surgery.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    In 10.0 they are revealing that the player character was gay all along.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Reminds me of when I went to my buddy's house and he had a mid 20s hunter in vanilla wow that he had only ever meleed on. As for ilvl, is there really any reason to be pushing ilvl prior to EW release? Once you have enough ilvl to unlock all the raids / MSQ through to the end that is. I made...
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    That's the WoW patch cycle. 1. Play a lot and stay relevant. 2. "Homework" slowly drifts later and later in the week. 3. Log in Monday night to get everything done before reset. 4. Miss a week and never log in again.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Are people who left Myspace sheep faggot retards? Does that mean you are a sheep faggot retard as well? :emoji_thinking:
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Minus the whole . Also I don't know if we're
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    Blizzard is Dying

    There have been studies done that show how friendships develop. One of the features was 'repeatedly bumping into one another doing something where the goal wasn't to meet up'. ie. at your kid's soccer practice or ballet class, etc. You can't force people to meet up with the express purpose of...
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    Blizzard is Dying

    LFD was added during WotLK. Forced 'group required' content is still present in every single MMO as the top end content available, and it's all popular. The problem is the same problem every MMO has. They are one game for 1-59 and a completely different game at 60.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Seeing other people in the world doesn't change the fact that you're on a dead server if you're forced to guild only with server people and the auction house is server specific. How is there going to be a 'server specific community' if there isn't anyone on the server in the first place? In the...
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    Blizzard is Dying

    Maybe that is what people want. A platform to facilitate social interaction in a world with persistent RPG characters. All MMOs would make shitty single player games, and then they all provide wide avenues for people to play solo ie. the shittiest way. Who would play offline single player WoW...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    My brain is ravaged by ADHD, so a single combo button would be a big improvement since if I get distracted by anything I end up just starting my combo over again. I also usually start my combo over from scratch when I switch targets on mobs. :cool:
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    Pan'Theon: Rise' of th'e Fal'Len - #1 Thread in MMO

    I'm surprised they're still coming out with EQ2 expansions in 2021.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Some of the mods are pretty tame (ERP, hiding people, damage meters). Some of the combo / queuing / mouseover plugins work by basically 'cheating', just within parameters that don't exceed what you could already do as a player. That being said, it's not hard to start modifying those values to...
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    Blizzard is Dying

    I would imagine 'EQ with better graphics' would be closer to the TLP experience than P99. You'd expect some development of the original ideas. I'd guess most mean a slower, more deliberate game with an emphasis on social interactions rather than just 'all the cruft of a 20 year old game'. TLP EQ...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Yeah, pull well and you'll get commendations as the tank. Also, people will just click the blue or green if they're going to bother doing commendation. Problem with low level is that a tank has like 10% of their kit. Most of the time in leveling queues as DRK you're running through without TBN...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Did Diadem gathering to grab mats for for 20-70 for all crafting professions. The amount after that goes up to 10 per combine, so I switched over to doing facet/HQ leves using a spreadsheet from the balance discord and it went pretty quickly. All said and done I ended up gil positive.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Leveling via direct queuing highest dungeon available is pretty viable even as dps. I'm on Exodus and usually had 5-10 min queues while leveling. It's faster than potd but doing potd is necessary for aetherarms and unlocking HoH. Speaking of which, I haven't gone back after getting to 40-50...
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    Thanks for slightly loosening the cuffs daddy. Has Ion made any comment at all? Wowprogress is still saying he hasn't logged into Gurg in 24 days.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    At least in Shadowbringers, the quest design doesn't really progress beyond 'run here to see the next part of the story' x 10 and then a dungeon/trial. It's not bad because the story is good, but most everything plays out in the cutscenes. You do very little combat outside dungeons / single...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Endwalker is right around the corner, regardless of WoW being shit. They are offering a service for money and it's their job to provide that service, not mine. I don't care how they do it, but if they don't do it or do it poorly, I'm going to judge them for it. It's the same as WoW devs...
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    Blizzard is Dying

    These people have no actual standards / honor / self respect. The only thing that matters is the caricature they put forward on social media. They are larping as strong people.
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    I know, I work on cloud infrastructure all day. The fact remains that it's a good fit since with an MMO you will always be sitting on too much or too little hardware. You can either plan for xpac launch and then sit on a bunch of idle iron the rest of the time, or have big queues and 'congested'...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    BFA and Shadowlands both released without any server downtime, the quest just popped. It went largely without a hitch. I believe the 9.1 release was a bit more rocky but that was more due to bad programming/bugs than infrastructure issues.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    I remember something I heard on one of alovingrobot's interviews that gave me a perspective I hadn't considered. I think it was with Kevin McPherson talking about Kunark, and he mentioned that to them, they thought Kunark was going to be the only expansion. They were just making an RPG that...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Love it or hate it, the elasticity of cloud platforms are a perfect fit for the constantly changing demand curve that plague MMOs. It boggles my mind why any game studio/publisher would want to be datacenter admins on top of developers. Even doing a cba, I have to imagine the first time you have...
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    Final Fantasy XIV (Guide in first post)

    Wah wah, servers down until tomorrow. Got distracted by work and forgot to get a few custom deliveries in before reset. Homework as bad as WoW imo.
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    If 100% of the women at your company are transwomen, then you've eliminated sexual harassment. It might be a brilliant strategy.
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    Blizzard is Dying

    https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07/the-gervais-principle-or-the-office-according-to-the-office/ How is signaling to them that you're homosexual going to get her to suck your dick in the copy room?
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    Obsessing about diversity in hiring is the same as obsessing over balance. It's never good enough and it ruins everything.