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Classic Alterac Valley

Well we all wanted to play the classic AV like it use to be around vanilla and I can honestly say the updated version is just as good.  As long as the guards stay higher levels than the players, it’s fine. Anyway Blizzard tempted us with an updated Stormpike Ram and I HAD TO HAVE IT.  The problem was, Alliance lost pretty much every single battle.  But, I did get to see Lok for the first time ever:

and eventually got my mount:

 

 

But no joke, had a 7% win rate.

 

This entry was posted on December 30, 2019, in PvP.

Bots Bots Bots

So apparently there are NCsoft bots these days and anyone can bot and it’s ok.  I had to kill 300 mobs in the Ruins of Agony  and it took FOREVER for a few reasons.  1. I still have a no grade starter weapon 2. I have NO shots 3. I cannot afford shots and 4. there are as many bots as mobs and apparently even if you tag the mob first, if the bot kills it (which they do in 2 hits) you do not get credit.  So it took forever to even find a mob to hit that wasn’t already targeted by 3 bots.  What the actual fuck Ncsoft?  Captain Bathis even has a menu called “Ask about auto-hunting”.

Do you want to know what that 300 mob quest got me?  Oh, like 1 level.    Yeah I know actual L2 original was much slower but I don’t know of any quest where you had to literally do 300 mobs.  I mean, sometimes it took that many or more to get your quest items but it just wasn’t set like that.  Crazy.  And I still have a starter weapon.

Classic Lineage 2, Isn’t

I was streaming retail Lineage 2 a bit and someone suggested that if I wanted the original feel of the game I should try the classic client. So I did. I’m spitballing dates here a little because it’s been a while.

It’s uh, not even remotely classic though. The character creation screen is the new one, from many, MANY years after the original.  Like around 5th or 6th expansion if memory serves. You can choose a Kamael, who are now called the “Jin Kamael” for some reason, when they didn’t come out until the Kamael update some 6 years after launch.

You don’t have to walk ANYWHERE, at least so far.  I got ported from the old dark elf starter zone straight to town, where the arm in the middle seemed somehow crooked.  I then got ported right to the next town which was Gludio, given upgraded gear (but no weapon and no more spiritshots, which are ungodly expensive), and then later ported right to the Ruins of Agony.  No walking around required.

The popular choice for bots seems to be the precursor to elemental summoners, and kamael melee.  They are EVERYWHERE. Ponies for DAYS.

So far every area the mobs have been passive, and non social.  It’s really something else.  It took me maybe 1 hour to hit 20 and a simple button click to change from mystic to wizard.  No running everywhere, no long 1st class change quest, yeah this isn’t classic.  Adena doesn’t drop either, it goes right into your inventory, and very, very little of it. I wanted to buy just 500 spiritshots, not even blessed, and I couldn’t afford it. So, that part is like classic.

And even funny enough, there is now a bot system in game.  In RoA you will find 5 bots to every mob cluster going at it 24/7 for DAYS.  It’s… yeah.  It’s like Blizzard introducing Cataclysm as “Classic” and letting you afk bot. This isn’t classic.

Don’t have to Aim

Ugh so in Overwatch shields have been a problem for a while now, but it’s especially obnoxious since Sigma showed up.  The classes with shields, which right now is Reinhardt, Winston, Orisa, Sigma, and they can be layered.  They are being nerfed though for obvious reasons.

I will predict the next problem though.  Hear me out.  I think the next problem will be ‘the bots’.  Not like L2 type bots, but those classes that have AI do their work for them.

First, Moira.  She’s fun to play, I guess.  But, don’t act like anyone is a skilled player using her.  IT IS NOT HARD.   You throw a healy ball in the general direction of your team mates and IT AUTOMATICALLY  heals them. You throw a damage ball in the general direction of the enemy, which goes forever and ever and bounces of its own account, and IT AUTOMATICALLY ATTACKS THEM. You hold down fucking right click and your attack AUTOMATICALLY TARGETS ANYONE CLOSE and you kill steal like a son of a bitch.  Oh you got all golds?  Yeah, me too as her.  You know why? Because you fucking kill steal everyones kills.  Or if you get your own, it’s because you don’t have to aim while having better mobility than most of the cast and can just dance around them while they try to aim.  Fuck right off Moira.  No joke I can’t even play her any more because it’s stupid game play.

 

Anyway as I was saying.  Moira doesn’t have to aim on ALL OF HER SKILLS, Torb only half has to aim, Sym has like 30% auto aim, Bob auto aims, Soldiers ult sorta has to aim a little, McCree’s ult can aim even if someone is off his screen, etc.  I dunno it just feels like there is too much auto aiming.

How I Handle the Toxic

I had a discussed on reddit recently in the girlgamers section about what to do with chat goes toxic.  I’ve not really had problems over my 10+ years of online gaming and when someone has acted up, the way I handle it tends to work.  I discussed it briefly on there and basically got told I was rude, it wasn’t polite to fight sexism with sexism, , it wasn’t nice, etc.   I’m sorry but if you want to fight toxic with being polite and nice, it’s not always going to work.  Here’s methods I’ve used with actual examples.

Hiding:

Play a male character, only type but not ‘like a girl’, and never use voice chat.

Example: I played a male in Lineage 2, and my typing style isn’t like ‘a girl’.  I’m not sure what that means either.  You can join a voice channel and just not talk, but that is going to give away you are female or a dude playing a female.  But in my experience, you’d be pegged as a dude trying to be a girl if you are on a girl character and refusing to talk.

I don’t hide but in L2 playing a male character kept away a lot of crap.

Deflecting:

When an insult comes in, don’t argue, don’t cry, just deflect it.

Example:  I was fighting a rogue on my mage which I wasn’t terribly good at and, he decided to PM me and say how terrible I was.  I admitted I wasn’t very good at the mage but I was trying to practice.  Basically ‘yeah I know I’m bad, whatcanyado?’.  The guy ended up, a few days later, getting back to me and apologizing.  We were friends for quite a while after that.  Or recently when I was playing Pharah and got harassed that I was bad and I should switch, I just said “I am not listening” and stopped typing to them.  I didn’t say “that’s mean” or anything.  They ended up calling me a 20 chromo cunt and I reported them.  End of story.

 

Stand your ground:

If they were being just, wicked toxic, let them know it’s unacceptable without letting them know it bothers you.  They LIKE bothering you, that’s the whole POINT.  It’s blood in the water.

Example:  Some kid, probably, was going on and on being annoying as heck in Overwatch.  I said “please stop talking so much it’s distracting” and they replied “your mouth is distracting”.  I then said “cool well I’m muting you” and went on my merry way.  I want them to KNOW I am not listening to them.  If you mute and say nothing, they think they are getting to you and you’re just holding your tongue.  You ARE, but on your terms.  I choose not to hear you, I am not just sitting listening and crying.

Counter-punch:

Sometimes it’s just over the top ridiculous and at least with me, I can’t just let it slide.  Reply back with a ready insult showing you are not afraid and you aren’t about to cry about it. Don’t say “that’s mean” because that’s the point.  You are admitting they are bothering you that way.

Example:  Overwatch, I talked.  I hear “OMG a girl gamer omg girls don’t exist!”.  I reply “yeah I know weird isn’t it we’re like 50% of the population”.  I’ve done this multiple times, they have nothing to say.

or “Get in the kitchen and make me a sammich!”  I reply on the same level “get in the garage and fix my car” or “sure but first I have a jar for you to open since it’s the only thing you’re good for”.  Is it mean? Fuck yeah it is.  I didn’t start it, did I?  Fire with fire.  I could go on and on about all the people I did this with who I ended up on good terms or friends with later.

Other examples are “suck my D” and I reply “if you had one” which really riles them up.  Or roll with the insult.  In one particular situation in WoW, a guy was insulting my healing and a friend stuck up for me.  He said something like “you must have stuck your junk down his throat really well” and I accepted and replied “maybe I did, jealous?”.  I turned the insult into a jab that THEY would LIKE that sort of thing.  He ended up apologizing.  This one is in my rage tells list as well.

 

Just some thoughts.