I know I haven’t posted in a long time, and I’m sorry. I haven’t seen much to post about, though.
Currently I am playing two games very casually. I resubbed to EVE back when they offered two months free on the hope it changed. It’s easier to earn SP now that they boosted your statistics, but the core game is the same. I still stand by the things I said when I wrote this. It’s gotten worse, actually.
ISK in the game has raised dramatically, so now the default player opponents are not random frigs or cruisers, but random battlecruisers and tech 2/pirate/faction ships. So for low SP people, it’s harder to gain PvP wins except as part of a fleet, and the cost of PvPing is rising. While they introduced Incursions, most hi-sec ones are done in hours: I log on at 3 pm EST to find not a single hi-sec one left. The community still sucks, but these days on the forum there just aren’t many carebears left to argue on it.
Currently I just log on for an hour or two when bored and rat in lowsec. Or do a salvage run in amamake to try and get any pricey player wrecks. Usually I try to go back to games at least once when I quit because they can change for the better, but EVE hasn’t too much. When Incarna releases it might, but given CCP tends to release features, and only do basic work on them, I doubt it.
I also play Champions Online. Most time spent there is role-playing with a few friends in the Club. I also do PvP, mostly tier 3, but while it’s fun and engaging to play, there’s a lot of imbalances that can make it frustrating. Targeting is near impossible if there are pet users, because tab targeting prioritizes pets over players. You can have 8 or more pets, and they all take 75% damage from AOE based attacks. This makes them near impossible to clear out of the way.
There’s also problems with holds. It’s possible to stack short term “stun” holds on people, to the point where they can’t react. Most of these are also unblockable, so it can be frustrating.
At this point in time, I feel like I am just treading water. The next big thing in MMOs is a game I refuse to play for being everything the genre shouldn’t be: a derivative, copycat experience that just works. I’m not too keen on TOR, nor on Guild Wars 2. It’s a bad time in MMOs, and that’s why my posting has dropped off a cliff. For that I apologize.