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2Dec 12So, with SWTOR going f2p recently, I decided "Oh what the hell? I never capped out, and all I find myself interested in is the story quests." So why not? Well, color me impressed at how a company can be so damn abusive towards f2p users, and still have players. I guess there's a logic to, if they're irresponsible to the ones who don't pay to play for a game they chose to make FREE out of, and I assure you, greed (Abit of explanation may be needed here. F2p games tend to make more money from microtransactions than games that require monthly fee. While this may be wrong, I don't doubt it to be possible, seeing as how so many people would love to get their hands on double exp, or that mount that you can only get by paying 4$ for, or, in freemium, they'd pay just to play a tolerable race *cough* EVERQUEST *cough*)... We should succumb to their greed and pay them. Well, okay. I'm not paying 15$ a month for a game that couldn't keep me going the three months I had a subscription. Sure, the restrictions are completely crippling... Two pvp matches a week, I'm going to guess the same for flashpoints, (apparently, so I see) no speeders, not sure if you can get the slow mounts, but if you can't, why the hell not? Not to mention restricted races, no in-game support... Sigh, okay. I can deal with that. But I've had a problem with the launcher, and while its not the easiest of problems to explain, so it won't be easy to fix, and I'm just a f2p now, I can't even play the damn game. So the logical thing to do is try emailing customer support. Yes, well, why its an option is beyond me. I got an automated response (is it wrong for me to be surprised?) telling me to call a number for tech support. Well, that comes off as too much work for a game that probably won't keep me interested past my first 50. So then I go with the second most logical choice of action, and go to the forums and try to find anything, or start a thread. Well, ontop of not being able to post a thread that I can explain exactly what's going on, for whatever reason, I can't even respond to posts, saying either my account is not confirmed (which it is) or I do not have privileges, which is odd, even if they cut f2p users off their forums. I payed 60$ for the game itself, and bought 2 months of subscriptions. Whether or not I'm f2p shouldn't matter as I've given them my money at some point in history. And if they cannot track and find that out, I'd feel even more insulted. I should get some kind of help for giving them anything out of my wallet. So now, all I can think of left to do is say "Forget it," and not play. Which is kinda disappointing, because I wanted to try it again. And maybe I'm wrong, maybe I shouldn't talk now that I'm not paying them monthly. Still, I feel irritated about it. I mean, I hate MW3 on pc, but I still played it, only to feel I got my 60$ worth, which I don't feel I've got on SWTOR. But I find myself wondering, is it just Bioware with this extremely terrible support? Or does WoW, and RIFT, and Warhammer, and the likes share the insanely irresponsible CS?
29Nov 12I've recently been playing through CoD:MW2 again, and when I got to "No Russian," I couldn't help but remember the controversy over four Russians, and an American shooting up an airport for different reasons. Part of me understands why people were upset. But then, I have to think to myself "They're virtual people. In a virtual airport. With virtual death." And then any understanding of why people would be upset was gone. Why would people flip over it? There's even an option to skip the mission. Why did MW2 receive such strong disapproval when there are many worse games. For instance, Grand Theft Auto has always let players terrorize the city the game centers for their own amusement. Wanna kill that elderly couple for a stack of money? Go for it. Wanna shoot a cop because you wanna be rebellious? Go for it. Wanna jack someone's car and run them over? GO FOR IT. Its a game. (Yeah, yeah, I don't care about that mental kid who shot up a police station because of the game. Someone should've stopped him from playing it. I mean... seriously? Did he not show ANY signs before it happened? No extra violence? No obsessions with the games? Seriously, don't even think about blaming the game for his fractured reality.) All of it was virtual. So usually no one flipped their tops about it, except hot coffee. Which was stupid anyways. (Grand Theft Auto: San Andres had a mod on the PC that allowed the protagonist to have sex with various girls, and it not censor, any of it, if I remember correctly. It was a MOD, not part of the game. And it was on PC, not console. Yet, for half a year atleast, San Andres bared the only AO [Adults Only] rating I have seen in my 13 years of gaming. It wasn't logical.) However, when MW3 raised the bars by having a brief section where you played as an apparently happy family, getting blown to hell by a bomb, no one flipped. Personally, I'm glad no one made a big deal. Like I said, its just a game. It'd be more serious if the family was modeled after a family that was actually in existence, then if they were not consented, they should feel wronged. But I'm not so ready to say the population is smartening up. Back when Medal of Honor, which was released in 2010, was first announced, my martial arts instructor asked me if I was going to get it, and when I responded that I was unsure, he said "Don't. You can play as terrorists killing Americans." At first, this alarmed me. That would be kinda pushing it, seeing as how the war was still going on, and many Americans lost their loved ones. However, he gave me false information. What he didn't tell me, was that the "Terrorists" (Later changed to OP For, which is the same damn thing, and in so many other games... LOGIC?) were just the faction opposing the Americans in Multiplayer. Still, I understand that it is pushing it abit, as the war was still carrying on, but its history. Atleast you're not flying the damn planes into buildings. If that were the case, that game should be destroyed. Just as if you were a Nazi leading the Jewish into an extermination camp the whole game. If it goes that far, it should be stopped. And its virtual. Playing the game doesn't say you support America, or insurgencies. It says you enjoyed the game. I respect that they changed the name of the faction to OP For, but still... It seems abit. Especially when you can play WWII games, and if it has multiplayer, you're most likely to be either western forces, or Axis. And by Axis, I don't mean Japanese. I blatantly state you play as Nazis. So whats the difference here? Just because its recent? One last thing to note, Mass Effect, and Fox News. If you watch Fox News, you should really consider what **** you're being fed. Mass Effect, according to Fox News, showed "Full Graphic Nudity," in the sexual part of the game. They completely ignored when the man speaking on the behalf of Mass Effect told them that it was "An alien side boob, and this was about a 30 second experience of a 30 hour game." They ignored the rating of the game. So all I have to say to parents is: Pay attention to what you're buying. Don't **** if you messed up. If your kid asks for a game, get your ass online and research it. Make sure you want whatever is in that game to be viewed by your child. Do NOT start making controversy to the developers unless its actually founded, such as the Medal of Honor controversy was more well founded than anything else I've mentioned.
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