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  1. Wise words. Personally, I play games in general to get away from having to wait for, cater to, and generally interact with people. I love that all ATs, IME, can solo just fine. While I do team, it's way worse of an experience IMO to have to worry at all about who showed up to play. IME, from Retail Live and now, it had never realy mattered in CoH and that has been the fun of it... Taking the powers in the group and making the mobs melt with what youv'e got, rather than pre-baking the group to have the exact combo needed is, IMO, way more fun. The perfect combo groups IME are just as boring as an OP steamroll or a herding team. Unexpected chaos is what makes the game fun for me, predictability is boring, I love RNG drops as well, random is fun, IMO.
  2. The way I play, the other players are for the most part just there to fill up the market so I can more easily make builds. It's fun sometimes to jump on a team, but I find little ROI in random teams in online games unless I want to test my healing/support skills or my general patience. I play purely to relax and generally playing with anyone I do not already know well in RL in MMOs is simply too much of a chore. It's a little different here right now simply because there are not very many drama llamas in game and IME lot's of good players that don't need herding. I have been checking out the other servers for a number of reasons and I find that my playtime is served just fine on servers with far less than 100 people. I lead a quiet life, with very few friends or even other humans interacting directly with me, all on purpose. I am a loner that plays a lot of MMOs, much to the chagrin of more extroverted outlooks, who think players like me ruin thier games.
  3. I play in and build worlds that crash together things like SUpers and Fantasy and Tech, I love the idea. One mans tech is another mans magic, etc. Limiting creativity by placing these things in little boxes is not my cup of tea, would love to battle dragons, we already have wizards and demons. Big fan of Stargate and the like, I love having all the worlds/settings crashing togather, makes for great stories, IMO.
  4. Excellent post. I think many of the HC players should see this upon Login. 🙂
  5. I am grateful for all of this as well. I agree with everything you say here, I do. What I rail against is the hype train. The fact is we can play the game, on a couple of differing code bases and that there are people willing to continue to make that happen. The rest is all hype and promises. As @golstat2003states, I agree that getting NCSoft to relase the code in some 'community' fashion is a pipe dream. This is why I am as pragmatic on this. IMO, the only possible outcomes keep the IP and code controlled by a select few who want to be able to tell the rest of us 'how it will be'. I am well aware contractual discussions that hold specifics cannot be revealed, but even huge publicly traded companies can and do reveal they are 'in talks' for all sorts of things, so I know it is within the bounds of reality for some level of the details to be made public, because I have personaly participated in such corporate level hijinks. I am also aware that the company that owns the code and IP does not have the same western coporate outlook that I typically have to deal with day to day, or the game would have already been sold years ago. All we have is a couple of supposed sympathic ears at NCSoft who are tyring to help. I have been in that position too many times to count, I can count three active deals right now where we have a sympathic ear in the clients company, but it means nothing if the people who hold the $ control don't get onboard. I am well aware even getting a meeting with those people can take months for something they don't see as high value, but that things they do value get moved quickly. I am not impatient for any of this to occur. I am in no hurry, like many the game in the current state provides me a ton of fun, on two code bases. I will not, however, get onboard with trying to villify any of these groups, even while trying to get real data to trickle out of them. All of the server runners are doing great work IMO, all with the intent of having fun with the game. Meanwhile, we have gamers that still think there has to be a 'side' and that they have to be part of the right 'tribe' and that the 'others' do it worng.
  6. While I love your positive and reassuring outlook, we are still running on hype with very little real data to show that anything like what you describe is actually occuring in the background. I know it's not a popular opinion here, you know I have been roasted over, but all we have is hopes and promises with little to no real data. That is just fine I guess for people that do not normally think about these things. I help sell, build, and deploy contracts, software, and IP as a career. Nothing is going to make me put on the rose colored spectacles. Until we have some actual data, this just remains a very laudable group of people that are making a lot of other people happy by running a stable version of a game once lost, claiming to be capable of becoming a corporation that can pick up the IP and run with it, filled with hype, intrigue, hearsay, and hope and few published facts to back it up... As stated, I am simply not one who 'believes', show me the data, show me the contracts, show me the terms, show me any real evidence NCSoft and HC have any sort of real deal cooking... Better yet, show me where HC is actively trying to get NCSoft to release the code in such a fashion that anyone can use it, not just a select few, because that's the best thing for the game, IMO.
  7. Yup. Personally not a fan of clipping myself, I avoind using them. But it's this 'devs make the decision' thing... It's just volunteers that get inspired to do things. Player desire has an impact on those inspirations. There are just volunteers adding things that inspire them. Pushing this idea that there are 'devs' to make choices for the rest of us is, IMO, old school corp thinking coupled with the desire to have one true authority...
  8. And that is the discussion to have, not that the other servers are doing it wrong or that players are impatient and greedy.
  9. That's a fine stance. That outlook becomes an attack vector when it gets used to try and imply that because others choose to do these things, they are being done wrong. HC, has they stated, chose to do things in a certain order, which is just fine. However, for any gamers to turn around and say that stance is simply 'better' is nothing more than an objective opinion. For a lot of people at this stage of the games life, adding a ton of costume parts, with or without clipping, that the players have wanted for years, that have been added to the player options successfully, would be a reason for them to keep playing. Implying that these players 'want it now' as if they are somehow greedy and impatient is silly, some of them have been waiting 15 years and they know it can be done. If HC, as other posters have told me, wants to be successful, they have to cater to the players. So far, they have been doing what they choose and telling the rest of us "this is how it has to be, it's the only way", just like a corp. I don't even think the team has a bad plan, but to think the HC plan is automatically 'better' is some serious rose-colored spectacles. From my PoV, I see some good programming, the stability and the graphics changes are awesome, but not very good game/content building and simply because of that, gamers have decided to try and push the agenda that other people, just as dedicated to the game in thier own ways, who have added content, are now 'wrong' because it's not the HC way. It sounds just like a bunch of archaic tribalism to me.
  10. Uh...other servers have been doing a ton of testing and implemetation with costume parts. It's a whole lot more confirmed to work than a couple posters in this thread seeing it work. HC can do what they want, but his rings like pure FUD to me in an effort to get people to obey. Historically, the HC team has tried to act like Paragon Studios, while many other very good developers have been able to really make some changes to the game and get a handle on it's inner workings. A whole lot of us don't really need or want HC to be acting like 'they know better' because we don't need parents. We still get the FUD about the code being 'so hard', etc., when plenty of people have been swimming in it now for a while. HC has decided to take a pragmatic, corporate like stance in the way they operate. People who love to obey a position of authority and have a single source of truth are eating that up like cupcakes, bcause 'talks'. *eyeroll* There are plenty of us that don't want or need an authority figure in this regard, one that makes players think they can tell us they 'know better' when we can see with our own eyes it seems. HC has chosen what they think is the right way to operate and that's fine. That does not mean they know anything better.
  11. You are all talking to me, I can't hear what you've said, but after nine days, the Stalker had turned to see, so I let the Tank run free.
  12. I WANT TO PICK TWO SETS, A PRIMARY AND A SECONDARY, THEN PICK AN AT MODIFIER. I WANT COMPLETE PROLIFERATION, ALL POWERSETS AVAILABLE TO CHOOSE, ADDED TO ANY AT MODIFIER SPECIALS. INVULNERABILITY/WILL POWER STALKER, YOU GOT IT! FIRE BLAST/ILLUSION DEFENDER, YOU GOT IT! BALANCE LEFT THE BUILDING A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, LETS BLOW THE DOORS OFF OF THE THING AND REALLY GIVE PEOPLE CREATIVE FREEDOM. YES, IT MAKES SOME CHARACTERS UNVIABLE TO SOLO. SO WHAT? YES, SOMEONE WILL COME UP WITH 'THE FOTM BEAST', JUST LIKE NOW. SO WHAT? SOME THINGS WILL WORK, OTHERS WILL NOT, THIS IS NO REASON TO NOT TRY AND REALLY INJECT TRUE CREATIVE FREEDOM. WITHOUT THE FINANCIALS INFLUENCING WHAT IS ALLOWED IN AN EFFORT TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS, WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE CHOOSE, UNHINDERED BY THE PREVIOUS CONSERVATIVE, MONEY-BASED SYSTEM.
  13. As I stated, IMO, facts have little meaning at this point in the server vs. server battle. It's all about who can play/produce CoH on the 'most moral and traditional' way for one group, while another group is ready to rip off the training wheels and 'get dirty'. From my PoV, as I have stated as well, it looks like elementary school children fighting over who gets the ball, when if they would stop looking for ways to cut each other down, they might use that energy together to make a better game. Instead, everyone get hung up on some vague idea of the 'right' thing to do and fights over those details. I watch the same thing occur in multi-billion dollar companies over a couple camps or personalities that just decide they 'know better'. Add in the gamer mentality of having to 'win' and we get the fireworks we see now. Even the sunset of the Live game appears to be based around nothing more than a couple individuals in-fighting at NCSoft, according to some data. Humans suck at learning from history.
  14. You are the 'one persons reasonable' part, @Abraxus. 🙂 Those that would look at your words and turn them into an attack, especially with your post history, would be wrong. You make it plain it's not your bag, it's not mine either, but I can see in how you worded what you said it would set off some people. I live with a personality that points out facts. A whole lot of people take blunt facts as an attack. As an example, I was asked never to return to Sunday School as a child. My mother thought I must have started a fight or something. Nope. The teachers, yes multiple, had a meeting with her to tell her I asked too many questions and I would not just 'believe' what they said. Never believed anything without evidence. But, IME, most people are happy to make stuff up to fill in the blanks, without waiting for any evidence, and magically the blanks get filled with what makes them happy to hate. Right now, we have people that 'believe' a whole bunch of stuff about what's happening with the game and form my PoV, they are not bothered by facts most of the time, because facts are sparse and it's easier to make stuff up...
  15. Just to be clear, these same topics were all over the original LIve forums. The various groups fighting now existed then. It's all part of the community.
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