Daily Radar has, until further notice, decided to suspend its coverage of Nintendo games and systems. We’ll continue to cover big news stories and we’re not censoring ourselves, but until an ongoing legal dispute with Nintendo is resolved, this is our safest, simplest option.
This disappoints all of us, readers and writers alike — and frankly, we hope that the matter will be resolved quickly and judiciously so that we can get back to doing what we love — playing and writing about cool new Nintendo games. The current situation has created a great deal more fuss than we’d have liked, but the fact remains, we’re in something of a bind, and there’s not much we at Daily Radar can do about it — that’s up to a bunch of lawyers.
There seems to be a misconception that we, Daily Radar, are doing this to spite Nintendo, ourselves or even our readers. That is simply not the case — this is the clearest way we can think of to deal with the complex nature of the litigation while maintaining our editorial integrity. In truth, this whole situation, for us, is a pain in the posterior that we would like to end as soon as possible. And that is what we’re working toward. Until then, please bear with us, and continue to enjoy the site.
Translation: “Did I do thaaaaaat?” – Steve Urkel.
As most of you regular readers already know, Lum the Mad has recently taken a sabbatical in order to pursue his options in the industry upon which he formerly threw flaming pots of Greek fire. Recently, he was interviewed by the Corporation, and with the assistance of the Master of Espionage, I managed to locate the corporate transcripts of this interview on their website. This might make for some interesting reading.
As you may have noticed we are having a few problems. The problems stem from the C|Net cutbacks and there isn’t much we can do about it until XRgaming signs a new contract with someone else. Once they do sign a new contract there may be some moving pains associated with it. So it looks like we are in for a bumpy ride for the next couple of weeks. Please bear with us. Thanks.
We’ve heard all the horror stories ranging from just good ol’ favoritism to “female specials.” Nothing is as important to a game as its customer service, and nothing can damage that fragile system more than an internal breakdown of it. In-game support far surpasses the need for out of game support. It’s the front line of customer service, and while it cannot be perfect, there’s definitely much needed room for improvement, currently.
It was bad enough when these were just small MUDs with administrators who would play favorites. Hell, many of us who ran MUDs did it ourselves – They were plentiful, they were ours, and we weren’t asking for money in return – It was acceptable. The remote GM model for Simutronics was a failure in my eyes: These people were remote, and frankly, had pretty much the same lack of consequences that good ol’ grief players did. I was pretty shocked to see the mass-market graphical games adopt this system – it was clear it was not working.
Then we heard about Darwin, and a multitude of other frightening stories. If it wasn’t clear when these volunteers would go postal on the day they decided to quit (a week before they decided to sue), I thought it’d be painfully obvious when people you pay that are in the office were just incapable of handling the raw power that is being a GM, or a Host, or a Guide, or whatever you want to call it.
We’re human. We’re broken.
I’ve always been fond of the system Microsoft/Turbine have in place for Asheron’s Call. Yes, they have volunteers – but they’re limited in powers – Very limited. Granted, it leaves a bit lacking when you lose that special twinkie of bunny slaughter, but it’s the lesser of the evils. They don’t play favorites, because they can’t. I like it this way. Does there need to be a middle ground? Without a doubt. As always, I don’t have the answer, I just have the question (must be some sort of reaction to having the misnomer of “Savant”): What is a system that will work? I don’t know.
What I do know is: I don’t want to hear about how some player got her fetapult of +9 wisdom because she “knows” a GM. I don’t wanna know how someone’s old college buddy got his friends phat lewt. I don’t want to hear about how you were fired because didn’t know how to take a test so now you want blood, dammit.
It’s getting old. The system has failed. People have failed. Kill the damn horse, it’s suffering.
Players logging in to Asheron’s Call at this time receive the following message:
We are aware of a bug that allows a player to intentionally crash a server. We are working on a fix. PLEASE NOTE: Use of this bug may result in immediate removal from the game.
A review of the boards doesn’t reveal any further information, other than that this server crash bug is performed in-game, brings down a server block, and enables easy duping. Some are reporting bans. Some are reporting their duping goes well, and they’re leaving packs of valuable and rare equipment all over Dereth. And, surprisingly, the majority of the rest are calling for blood.
It’s common sense. If anything deserved a ban, would it not be deliberate disruption of the servers? Duping is just a nice side effect. “AC Team,” I think your test is here.
Update, 3:05 CST: New login message. The servers are down in preparation for a hotfix to a bug that allows a player to intentionally crash a server. Please check the State of the Network for continual updates. No ETA
Games Domain Review has a kind of interesting tour of the DAOC beta. They go on to do some comparisons between the Camelot version of Britian and ‘the way it really was.’ There are some nice screen shots. Mad propz to Xilren’s Twin for posting it on our boards and thereby bringing it to my attention.
It appears that a small group of players on Terris-Thule got some pretty special treatment from someone at Verant. Special treatment in the form of high level VP and Plane of Air items. You can read the whole thread right here.
All of the problems center around the player of the characters Hathorne (L60 shaman), Langley (L60 magician), and Hath (L60 warrior), all reportedly leveled to 60 in the same manner it is done on the Test Server. This player, who has been described as a “non-paying account”, seems to have some special tie with Verant Interactive, perhaps an employee or relative of an employee (he has told his guildmates he is the son of a Verant employee). The problem this player brings to the game environment has been to in some manner, repeatedly, *create* high-level items and introduce them into the game environment. On our server, Venril Sathir has been killed many times. However, we are a social community, and everytime it dies, everyone can easily find out who killed it, what it had, and who got the drops. At the time Hathorne began wearing his pair of JB Greaves, they had only dropped 3 times on the server, and all 3 shamans with them were public knowledge. Now, at this time, Hathorne had also never attended a VS raid with anyone that was successful, and neither has his guild. These greaves did not come from Venril, so where did they come from? Over the winter holdiay, Hathorne mircaulously began wearing a Jaundiced Bone Breastplate, again without ever attending a Trakanon raid. All shaman BPs dropped by Trakanon are well known, and none of them was ever traded or received by Hathorne. In the same manner, his warrior now has a cobalt breastplate, and this weekend, Hath began wielding the warrior epic weapon, even though his guild cannot get to Spiroc Island in PoA, he hasn’t been there with any guild on TT that can, and he’s never killed the Chardok Queen.
The item creation issue has been strongly contested by many players in the higher level community. To see this player and his group of friends run around in high-level, often VP or PoA equipment, is absurd, and cheapens what others work for and earn with skill and teamwork. The issues of why this is a severe game-inbalance should be obvious. For example, in an experience group with Hathorne, he told the group that a cleric was not needed. While a shaman can heal certain groups without a cleric, no other shaman possesses a 1-Handed Blunt Weapon with infinite charges of instant-cast Complete Heal, as Hathorne did that night. I have never even seen such an item located in EverQuest, and yet this and other items regularly appear in this player’s arsenal.
Despite many players asking for some sort of explanation, Verant has remained silent on the issue thus far. Surprise, surprise. If this is true then it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that some players got special benefits for knowing people at Verant. The problem is that players who work hard, very hard, for their loot don’t really appreciate it when they see others running around with high level items that they didn’t have to work for. When you make it so exceptionally hard to get these items and then just start handing them out to friends, someone is going to notice.
Hopefully we see some sort of statement from Verant about all this soon.
It was a friendly wager until Jinx decided to get jiggy with it. In typical brash beer-smelling New York fashion, he decided to do his fighting on the internet instead of letting his football team do its fighting in Tampa Bay. I don’t blame him. If my team were as hapless and limp as the New York Gnats, I’d take the battle to any place I could, as long as it wasn’t on the football field.
So myself being a native of Baltimore, I am naturally a Raven’s fan. As Jinx was quick to point out, The Raven’s moved from Cleveland five years ago – something he seems to think will improve the chances of his lack luster Gnats in the Super Bowl. Whatever you have to do Jinx, to help you forget that whole 3 point underdog thing. Whatever you do to help you forget that I’ve heard the same thing three weeks ago from Tennessee Titan fans (Note to Jinx and anyone else living in denial: They were formerly the Houston Oilers), and I heard the same thing two weeks ago from the Oakland Raiders (Note to Jinx and anyone else living in denial: They were formerly the Los Angeles Raiders). You see, Jinx still thinks the year is 1995. If I were a Giants fan, I would, too.
Because websites make chump change and not even much of it, we didn’t make any cash bets. If you learn anything from me, learn this: Never make a cash wager on a sporting event with a native New Yorker. Our wager is that the loser must compose a love poem in honor and tribute to the victor following the Big Game. Yeah, I agree with you, but it’s the best we could come up with, us being poor and all. But at least if I win this bet, the chances of me being buried next to Jimmy Hoffa underneath the endzone at Giant’s stadium are slim.
So good luck on Sunday Jinx. In the meantime:
Turbine, trying VERY VERY HARD to atone for last week’s messy exploit recovery, has resorted to working towards the playerbase’s baser instincts. Ranter-gone-bad Nik “Azeraphel” Davidson says it all in his latest Page from the Producer: I don’t expect an apology to totally appease someone who lost a night’s worth of XP and treasure, but we are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience that Friday’s trouble caused. … That being said, make sure to leave an inventory slot free on your character when the February prop comes around — some database gnomes will deposit a little token of apology. Mmm, gimmicky.