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[Column] Landmark: My Wife and the Unlikely Hero of Landmark

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

My wife loves to game, but she doesn’t like MMORPGs, as a rule. So finding an MMORPG that we can play together has always been a frustrating process. Me, I’ll play anything. An entire generation of milquetoast WoW-rehashes and Korean grindfests imported via Google Translate have lowered my expectations to basically rock bottom. My wife, however, has standards. And she’d like to tell you 5 things, just 5 things, which really piss her off…

Read more of Scott Collins' My Wife & The Unlikely Hero of Landmark.

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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,506Member Uncommon

    Yeah tried this with my wife - she said "that's awful".

    Oh well I still play Landmark once in a blue moon - combat so far is meh

    Not sure what happened recently but my Landmark fps went to crap - used to get 40+ fps, now I'm dropping to 20 near claims :/ (i7, 16GB 770gtx)

    Landmark is in a bad need of an optimization pass.

  • TwoPiArrrrTwoPiArrrr Mind your own buisiness, NSPosts: 5Member

    ~9% of males (~50% of the population) plus ~0.4% of females (~50% of the population) equals ~4.7% of the total population.

     

    (9/100)*(1/2) + (0.4/100)*(1/2) = (9/100 + 0.4/100)*(1/2) = (9.4/100)*(1/2) = (9.4/200) = (4.7/100) = 4.7%

     

    Not that that invalidates the color blindness argument... bad math just bothers me is all... carry on.

  • ITPalgITPalg Why, CAPosts: 256Member
    Usually patch notes are just a link click away on the launcher anyway.

    insert appropriate forum signature here for the terrible signature functions that can't be figured out.

  • ArskaaaArskaaa KauhajokiPosts: 842Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano

    Yeah tried this with my wife - she said "that's awful".

    Oh well I still play Landmark once in a blue moon - combat so far is meh

    Not sure what happened recently but my Landmark fps went to crap - used to get 40+ fps, now I'm dropping to 20 near claims :/ (i7, 16GB 770gtx)

    Landmark is in a bad need of an optimization pass.

    same here. had before 40+ fps and no game is 20 fps:/ guess i need buy new pc when EQN is released.

  • gberkhofgberkhof Oshawa, ONPosts: 4Member
    I fully intended to read the article i really did, but after your first paragraph... Pics Plz
  • MoanalisaMoanalisa San Clemente, CAPosts: 5Member
    Right on!  Your wife hit the nail on the head with MMO's.   Is it possible to really make an innovative MMO which overcomes these issues?
  • AndriiAndrii Norwood Young America, MNPosts: 13Member
    Originally posted by gberkhof
    I fully intended to read the article i really did, but after your first paragraph... Pics Plz

    I wondered how many comments it would take for this post to appear ;)

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  • AndriiAndrii Norwood Young America, MNPosts: 13Member
    Originally posted by Arskaaa

    same here. had before 40+ fps and no game is 20 fps:/ guess i need buy new pc when EQN is released.

    On the new Blueprint, optimization is #1. That's what they plan on spending September doing.

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    Landmark Representative
    Twitter: @AndriiMMO
    "Decisions are made by those who show up."
    - President Josiah Bartlett

  • PepeqPepeq Poway, CAPosts: 1,487Member Uncommon
    How about having your wife write the article... this thing read more like your views than hers.  I doubt these are her words... female gamers tend to approach games very differently then men do, but this article smelled of 100% testosterone, which makes me believe it's not her words at all.
  • AndriiAndrii Norwood Young America, MNPosts: 13Member
    Originally posted by Pepeq
    How about having your wife write the article... this thing read more like your views than hers.  I doubt these are her words... female gamers tend to approach games very differently then men do, but this article smelled of 100% testosterone, which makes me believe it's not her words at all.

    My wife and I sat down and wrote the whole together after I had her brainstorm 5 topics for me. It was a collaborative process. We actually fought about a few passages here and there. :)

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    SOE Community Council Member 2014
    Landmark Representative
    Twitter: @AndriiMMO
    "Decisions are made by those who show up."
    - President Josiah Bartlett

  • ZodosZodos Campo GrandePosts: 12Member

    Yeah...my wife doesn't like mmos either, only the "easy ones", the ones without the grindfest and with a lot of features like auto path, auto chain, etc...

  • st3v3b0st3v3b0 Gainesville, FLPosts: 147Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by TwoPiArrrr

    ~9% of males (~50% of the population) plus ~0.4% of females (~50% of the population) equals ~4.7% of the total population.

     

    (9/100)*(1/2) + (0.4/100)*(1/2) = (9/100 + 0.4/100)*(1/2) = (9.4/100)*(1/2) = (9.4/200) = (4.7/100) = 4.7%

     

    Not that that invalidates the color blindness argument... bad math just bothers me is all... carry on.

    This ^-^ and this is assuming ALL 4.7% are even interesting in PC games or MMO's.

  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 8,436Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Moanalisa
    Right on!  Your wife hit the nail on the head with MMO's.   Is it possible to really make an innovative MMO which overcomes these issues?

    FFXI was challenging right out of the hop,no waiting around to be challenged.Normal mobs in the open world can be as challenging as other games so called BOSS fights.

    FFXI used ZERO hand holding markers,none on maps no ? over npc heads.

    FFXI's UI was HIDDEN and NOT cluttering up the screen, very few if any other games have done that.It also thrives on macros which YOU get to enter the commands to have them perform as you want and of course remain hidden until you want to call them up.

    As for graphics,i found FFXI's to be better than Wow and the game was made for PS2.Not better technically but better because Blizzard did nothing to make the graphics look good,at least in FFXI the textures were MUCH better and the global lighting was better because it kept every bit of detail bright so i could see it and enjoy it.I hate games where i can't see ANY detail because it is all gray dark and gloomy.But NO FFXI did not have great graphics but the article did touch on the NOW and FFXIwas not made for the NOW it was made for 12 years ago.

    How this whole article came across to me was nothing more than someone making it sound like Wow was the best and every other game is copying it in a poorer fashion,that is what i got from this if reading between the lines.I read soooooooo many articles and it always seem like everyone is just a WOW player and know VERY little of the "other games".Instead they look at the Wow copy cat games with budgets under 10 million and try to make it sound like the industry is weak when compared to Wow.

     

     


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  • NightHaveNNightHaveN CarolinaPosts: 827Member Uncommon

    For Wildstar there are addons that auto take and auto turn quest, thus turning 2/3 of the screen out of the way automatically, and increasing by some margin your leveling speed.

     

    The problem is that you can't get a look at the conversations.  But most quests the dialog is a small one anyway.

  • NightHaveNNightHaveN CarolinaPosts: 827Member Uncommon

    Also there is a Vikinghud addon for Wildstar that is aiming to a complete UI replacement, something like TukUI and ElvUI actually do for WOW.

     

    Since is a relatively new game, those kind of projects will take a while.  But that's the beauty of UI being managed by addons.  In those games the community can come with beautiful and useful designs.   Games like ESO, Wildstar, and WoW you can have addons not to only help you with certain aspects like Thread or a  Damage Meter, but you can go to the extreme of changing the whole UI if you don't like  default one.

  • Br3akingDawnBr3akingDawn a City, CAPosts: 1,357Member Uncommon
    Wildstar is already dying... every server is low pop with maybe exception of pergo hitting medium at peak hours.... it doesnt matter anymore to rush to endgame, not enough people to do 40mans on most server.

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  • AndriiAndrii Norwood Young America, MNPosts: 13Member
    Originally posted by Wizardry
    How this whole article came across to me was nothing more than someone making it sound like Wow was the best and every other game is copying it in a poorer fashion,that is what i got from this if reading between the lines.I read soooooooo many articles and it always seem like everyone is just a WOW player and know VERY little of the "other games".Instead they look at the Wow copy cat games with budgets under 10 million and try to make it sound like the industry is weak when compared to Wow.

    For what it's worth, both my wife and I hate WoW (although we enjoyed it immensely at one point).

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    SOE Community Council Member 2014
    Landmark Representative
    Twitter: @AndriiMMO
    "Decisions are made by those who show up."
    - President Josiah Bartlett

  • jircrisjircris bakersfield, CAPosts: 410Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Br3akingDawn
    Wildstar is already dying... every server is low pop with maybe exception of pergo hitting medium at peak hours.... it doesnt matter anymore to rush to endgame, not enough people to do 40mans on most server.

    and here is a wildstar is dyeing post woo. when will you morons learn that their servers can hold more people then those of your typicle mmo. i play on the RP server and honestly i see people in every map. and no not 1-2 people im talking groups of them. Its the pvp servers that are low and that is because they are burnt out with trolling one another.

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  • XyireXyire Fort Collins, COPosts: 64Member Common
    Originally posted by jircris
    Originally posted by Br3akingDawn
    Wildstar is already dying... every server is low pop with maybe exception of pergo hitting medium at peak hours.... it doesnt matter anymore to rush to endgame, not enough people to do 40mans on most server.

    and here is a wildstar is dyeing post woo. when will you morons learn that their servers can hold more people then those of your typicle mmo. i play on the RP server and honestly i see people in every map. and no not 1-2 people im talking groups of them. Its the pvp servers that are low and that is because they are burnt out with trolling one another.

    The pvp servers are not the ones hurting.  Pergo - the most populated server - is a pvp server.

  • :) this is a pretty fun game, it is getting better once they add monsters and other dangers. And well, we can help build EQNext with our creations.

     

    There are a lot of twitchtv streams, that will show a lot about the game and the streamers will explain and teach anything if asked nicely.

     

     

  • Greymantle4Greymantle4 Posts: 802Member Uncommon
    Try Terraria my wife loves it we have many hours together playing it. My wife tried Landmark and thought it was pretty bad so that is a no go. We have yet to try Minecraft were waiting on a sale that never seems to happen.
  • Ariel_ArilonAriel_Arilon Hiding in a Forest, MTPosts: 47Member

    Well, we now know what irks her (I have my own grocery list), and you DID want to know "why".

    Quote:
    "So let’s see if we can figure out why. In my next article, we’ll talk to my wife about SOE’s new game."


    For God's sake don't ask her to try yet another game, instead ask her to read my short blog posts, "Stripping for Game Developers" and "Dwarves in Micro Skirts".


    I should very much like to read her response to those 2 posts in this thread, just to make sure I'm not crazy or going through some kind of hormonal changes.


    Just leave the chocolate and wine right there and back away slowly! ; )

    My computer beats me in Strip Poker, but doesn't stand a chance against my Kick Boxing! >: D 3

  • FrammshammFrammshamm TokyoPosts: 51Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Pepeq
    How about having your wife write the article... this thing read more like your views than hers.  I doubt these are her words... female gamers tend to approach games very differently then men do, but this article smelled of 100% testosterone, which makes me believe it's not her words at all.

    do you make it a habit to know the smell that men's genitalia gives off?

  • BlessingsBlessings Merritt Island, FLPosts: 66Member
    Sounds like you need some FFXIV in your life.

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  • drtack1drtack1 jacksonville, FLPosts: 253Member

    Nice article, I enjoyed reading it and both agree and disagree with points made.  Cheers!

     

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