Its true. It really is. Id apologize, but I really dont feel all that apologetic about it.
As anyone who follows my Twitter crap knows, I delved into the MMO market looking for something new to play. Ultimatly, it came down to two choices. 1: Star Wars the Old Republic. 2: World of Warcraft. I spent the ass end of yesterday trying out one and today trying out the other. In the end, I decided which one I was gonna stick with.
And the winner is:
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As anyone important knows, Shin recently called it quits on DDO. Partly because of the way Turbine keeps breaking things and partly due to a ridiculous amount of lag that makes the game unplayable.
Now, his leaving and his email regarding why he was leaving ended up sticking in my brain because it rang so honestly true. It got me to thinking about ‘Why do I still play DDO? Why do I still contemplate giving Turbine my money when I have some to spare?’ The answer: I dont know. I really dont.
For the longest while I tried to be that fangirl who ignored the crap. It was an easy thing for me to do at first. None of the big bugs in the game were having any affect on me. But then they did. I tried to brush it off with jokes and smiles but it just got to be more and more frustrating.
After getting paid, I had some spare money to have fun with. I suddenly thought: OH! I can get the standard version of the expansion! But then that thought of ‘But why?’ popped up in my head again. The standard version has absolutly nothing I want. The extra character slot? Nice but meh. The 2 Iconic Classes it comes with? Meh. The only Iconic Class I have an interest in is the Rogue one. The Standard one only comes with the Fighter and Paladin Iconics. The Skill Tomes? Double meh. What exactly does Turbine think will change inside the game with the addition of Skill Tomes? XP pots? Meh. Already get those with each new character. Learning Tomes? Again, already get those. 1k Turbine Points? The only remotly interesting thing they have to offer. Period. Which means Id be spending 30 dollars on something for something thats not worth 30 bucks.
So, why do I still play DDO? Well, its fun. I like the character creation. I like to have control over where my characters stats go. I like deciding their fate. I think the quests can be fun. I think the wilderness areas that they (under)developed for us are beautifully made. And I like running weekends with Comic. Thats it though.
What about the other people? Shin quit and my playtimes dont sync with Geoff, Evennote or Lrd. When it comes down to it, the only time Im having fun on DDO is when its a play weekend with Comic. When I play on a weekday, do I have fun? Sure. But its the kind where most of the time Im slouching and generally making my way through DDO like a mindless zombie.
The D&D aspect? I dont care about it. Like Ive said 1000 times before, I dont play D&D. It holds no interest to me. The fact that its inspired pretty much every RPG or every RPG basing things off the D&D way means nadda to me. You know, I still get verbally assaulted in DDO when I admit to people that I dont play D&D? Its a damn bother. If it wasnt for goobers like Geoff and the others of you who Ive gotten to know who do the whole D&D thing, Id think every D&D player in the world was an asshole of some kind.
Overall, I “like” DDO. Im still going to play it. But, Ive found another woman whom I happen to love more. And Im going to continue loving that woman until my 30 day sub ends. As for Turbine, Ive decided they wont get a penny more from me. The reason? The developers dont feel like they give a damn about this game. Its like everyone on the dev staff knows that the only reason WB bought the company was for LotRO and so theyve decided to say fuck it towards DDO until WB decides that keeping it running is a waste of resources and shuts it down leaving only LotRO in their hands.
Id expect there to be bugs in games. They happen. Things get rushed, things get broke, exploits get exploited. Shit happens. That being said, the level of incompetence Turbine has shown in doing things to DDO, since I started playing, is inexcusable. When they fix something, they break something(s) else. When somethings broken, they go out of their way to ‘fix’ something that functioned perfectly. This of course breaks the thing they fixed and leaves the old broken thing broken. As I mentioned in an older blog, the ‘Known Issues’ list keeps growing and growing when they promised us that wed be seeing it shrink. With GMs, Ive had only 1 good response from them and it was on LotRO. They were polite and helpful. The GMs Ive encountered on DDO close my tickets without a response. Make me wait well over two hours. Generally just havent been helpful to me. This all has taken that ‘Im pro Turbine!’ attitude and soured it quite a bit. I want DDO to be better but I dont think thats going to happen with Turbine in charge of it.
Which brings us to the end of our story. With thirty dollars to splurge on an MMO I gave SWtoR and WoW a spin. I dug them both. The race was tight. Real tight. But one gave me an offer I couldnt refuse. The one that won? WoW. Why? Well, it helped that Shin plays it. Sure our gametimes dont Sync(I think), but its still a helpful factor. But ultimatly it was the ‘Epic Summer Sale’ they had. The sale was: Battlechest: $5 Cataclysm: $5 Kun Fu Panda Land: $20. The entire game for 30 dollars. That and the fact that, from my point of view, Blizzard actually appears to give a damn about their products. As such, they are most certainly worthy of my money.
Like I said, Im not leaving DDO, Im just spending time on a better game. While I may not like Turbine, let me make clear: I have absolutly no problems with Tolero or Cordovan. As far as I can tell, theyre both a coupla cool peeps and they genually play and enjoy DDO. Im not gonna be one of those jerks who blasts them simply because theyre the only Turbine employees with spotlights shining on them.
So, Turbine devs, if you read this and feel upset or hurt about anything Ive said, good. Use it as some kind of inspiration to get yourself and your fellow developers to do a better job. Stop telling us all that you work to bring us the “best” game possible and JUST DO IT. If you dont, there will come that point WB shuts DDO down and thats going to leave alot of your player base without any good D&D alternatives.
To the readers, if you managed to survive my blog, I apologize if it came off as rantish. Im a firm believer that people should always speak honestly about everything. Especially about things they feel passionate towards. I love DDO passionatly. I want to see to succeed. But unless some miricale happens and things turn around real soon, I honestly dont feel like DDO is going to be around too much longer.
So, without further ado, I present to you all, my third WoW character, Natalysa the Night Elf Rogue!
Thats all Ive got to say today! So, I hope everyone takes care and has fun!
PS: If any part of my blog offended you, please alert Geoff Hanna so that he may scold me like the good grampy he is!