While I was – initially – very positive about the launch of ESO I have been forced to reconsider my position. I still think it all went pretty smoothly in the big picture. Servers stay up, login is without issues and I have not crashed once.
That said some of the bugs that plagued the Beta have started rearing their ugly heads. At present I have4 quests that I cannot advance and one “mini-dungeon” that I cannot enter. It might not seem like such a big issue if it wasn’t because one of the quests is essentially the regions main questline: the now infamous Balreth ordeal. I resent that I have had to explore the region and pick up quests here and there while knowing that I should have been introduced to the different areas in the region by the main questline (a thing that worked really well in the Beta – once I got through the bugs).
ESO as a game also quickly generates frustration since the bugs rarely take the form of a crash or error message. Instead your wuest marker will just lead you to an empty location, your quest object will not react to your attempts to interact with it or your actions will just not have an y effect on the progression of the quest. There is just nothing and a bland no-response is infuriating.
I am running out of things to do and the “main” quest has turned grey for me several levels ago. It’s just not good enough.
Also here is another picture of my character:
There is one HUGE flaw in ESO that carried over from the Beta: the players.
As an immersionist, a roleplayer and elitist I have many things to say about the base masses of – ugh – gamers. There is – however – one thing that will set me off into North Korean rant style in a matter of seconds and that is people who name their characters poorly.
I don’t get it. You are given this amazing game – a Role Playing Game – with a rich history and a story that is BEGGING you to get involved, creative and personal. Why then do people choose to name themselves after popular anime characters and/or historical figures? Why do they not even bother with a Capital Letter in front of their name? You can be anything and you choose to be a laughing stock, a cliche and just to top it off you also make sure everyone will label you as intellectually challenged 0.3 seconds after mouseovering you? I just don’t get it.
But then again why stop there? ESO is giving you endless options for customizing your characters appearance. This world is beautiful, detailed and diverse. Why not fuck that up as well? I mean… it’s not like a lot of other people will have to spend time looking at the train-wreck of a face you just spent 4 seconds making (to be fair this troll act of a skin job might actually have taken effort to produce – good on you – jerk).
Pity the unsuspecting inhabitants of Saint Mary, Florida. It’s there. Waiting.
It was just a matter of time before something like this happened…
I was always completely unconcerned about the Facebook updates and the whole violation of my rights as a thinking individual and all that stuff (btw I LOVE the friendship pages – they’re deliciously creepy). I used to relate to it as if someone changed my World of Warcraft interface or changed my character name – that would make me pissed – so I could make an appropriate face when people bitch about it. I guess this works as a metaphor as well.
I am happy that I have a YouTube user account. I like keeping track of strange channels and even from time to time enjoy when YouTube makes suggestions for things I might like to watch. But every time I scroll down I just regret it. As did the guy who suggested people might be more receptive to the point if “calmdragon” used less obsceneties in his arguments.
Some time I just start reporting and then come to an hour later… not really feeling like I have made the world a better place. But I can’t ignore it. I just can’t.
Tons of material lying about – but not much motivation to post. What’s up with that? Is that deer in love with itself? Do I file this under “delicious” or “insomnia” ? EDIT: I can put it under both! Joy!