Musings and such.

It seems the go to insult in Vanguard is “go play WoW” at least in FFXI there was some insults about mothers and stuff. I have to admit the denizens of Vanguard seem to have a ‘holier than thou’ attitude to other games, be they more successful or something, including what can be described (for a lot of them at least) the Holy Grail of MMOs: EQ and EQ2, as in nothing can compared to either of those games. Several instances I have seen people seem to praise this game no end (even if it is riddled with bugs and lag), even though it has a fraction of the number of subscribers compared to WoW and FFXI, that may be great but in the same breath they often criticise the ‘pay to win’ mentality (to some extent Vanguard has a ‘pay to win’ format in that you need Gold Membership to wear the decent gear and there’s also a marketplace where you can often buy mounts and gear for real life money. At least with FFXI there wasn’t this ‘pay to win’ thing going on, sure there were gil sellers and RMT but over the years those have kinda fizzled out; at least on Lakshmi).
It seems the topic of PvP often ruffles people’s feathers on Vanguard, over the last few days several new people have asked about whether or not there was PvP and each time there was a varying degree of hostility to say the least which often culminates in being told that they should of research better (even if said new person YouTubed Vanguard PvP there would be videos of when the game actually had a PvP server).
Another topic that kinda irks me is when people complain about some of the end game guilds having certain gear requirements, it’s all ‘Why do they need them?’ Answer: because they want good people not snowflakes who think tanking on Paladin with a Greatsword is the way forward, if you want to use a Greatsword Dreadknight is over there just waiting for you, if you don’t want that use a damn sword and shield like every other Paladin and suck it up, use a Greatsword in your own time and stop wasting my time. Another reason; people don’t want to spend their time (read waste) getting your gear up to a reasonable standard so you can be of some use to a raid (this is someone who was in an EndGame Linkshell in FFXI who was backup Paladin for a long time until I got a couple of decent pieces for my Paladin Hi2u Homam feet/hands/legs and Hello! Koenig ‘Robocop’ Schaller.

Also, totally missing the whole cutscene thing, I mean yes FFXI occasionally had way too many cutscenes, but Vanguard doesn’t have any, just a text box and that’s it. I want my cutscenes dammit, I miss having a little lol from:

and the really decent ending to the ToAU expansion:

(gotta watch it in HD to actually read the words)

So yes, while Vanguard can boast about having some awesome graphics (compared to FFXI 30FPS) I can see why it hasn’t garnered much attention over the few years it has been live. As well as this on the 4th April the last two servers of Vanguard are merging, while FFXI on the other hand has just released its first expansion in five years, and with more positive reviews for FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, could this be the final nail in Vanguard’s coffin?

Anyway, I’m still in a continuing battle with college to get my certificates. Here’s the kicker, I finished that course eight (let me just say it again EIGHT) months ago, yet i’m still waiting, possibly the picture below can sum up my attitude to it at the moment.