We have been at it since day one, that ugly and...well, let's just stick with ugly...launch. Even through the lag muck and server instability, you could read the stars and see the potential. Right off the bat it was only for the tough, and we barreled through the glitchy log-ins, the shaky starter zones and the wretched "lawless" starting areas and found our way to the rafts. Some were able to get to our island after 3-4 hours of learning how to tack, zig zag and fight through server borders and with a full stack of human hides, and then some were finally rescued after what seemed like days of being eaten alive by scorpions and crocodiles, only to quickly get used to dying to the cold, the wolves, the alpha horses, the water, the sharks and each other's general noob mistakes.
Yes, with the known developer, we did try to ARK it, or Dark and Light it...hell, we've even tried to Life is Feudal this one....and Atlas is just NOT those games. Some visuals and sounds are there, but the depth and options and functionality is just SO much more. What really took the game from just another ARK expansion to, the potential mmo of the decade, was getting out on our first schooner, the SS Skjoldr (video below). The experience was entirely PvE, but when you have 13 people packed on to a single vessel and the guys repairing the ship are as vital as the helmsman steering and the deckhands manning the sails, it became something I haven't seen in a game since our friday night flights on the Decimator back in SWG.
We have had just a blast learning the game and surviving our island and our neighbors over the past couple weeks. Though it may appear as if we are well off enough, growing from 30 actives day one, to more than double that now, we absolutely could use more folks interested in living the Atlas life. Whether you are interested in navigating the high seas, captaining a brigand, farming the tundra, mucking through politics, taming elephants or exploring the massive (30-40 hours of sailing from one end to the other) world, it is all here and we have many members willing to help you get started.
Here is a few screencaps and videos to give you an idea of what we have been up to:
From the sister studio of Wildcard, makers of ARK: Survival Evolved...
ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
Early access, Thursday, December 13th (Update: delayed release to December 19th) [Update 2: delayed release delayed to December 21st]
Xalt defeats Elric for 2018 Fantasy Football Crown
Xalt's Zappers smirk at expectations, knock off Elric's Arksters in 171.07-127.47 rout
Both teams exceeded their projected point totals, but it was Xalt's Zappers who got the victory, cruising to a 171.07-127.47 win over Elric's Arksters. Elric's Arksters earned a 3.86-point lead on Saturday behind Joey Bosa (2.18 points) and Mike Williams (1.68), but Xalt's Zappers held the lead the rest of the way. They were led by Matt Ryan (25.46 points) and Damien Williams (22.53). Ben Roethlisberger (42.22 points) and T.Y. Hilton (19.4) led the charge for Elric's Arksters in the loss. This marks the second time this season Xalt's Zappers have beaten Elric's Arksters, after winning 118.28-117.7 in their last matchup. Xalt's Zappers end the season at 12-4, while Elric's Arksters finish the campaign at 9-7.
Sunday Early There were players with standout moments on both teams early Sunday, after which Xalt's Zappers owned a 125.41-53.13 lead. Matt Ryan had a 75-yard touchdown pass and a 44-yard touchdown pass for Xalt's Zappers, while David Njoku had a 66-yard catch. T.Y. Hilton made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 55-yard catch.
Sunday Late Both teams had players with big-time moments on Sunday afternoon, but it was Xalt's Zappers who took the lead, 148.54-96.80. For Xalt's Zappers, Robert Woods had a 39-yard touchdown catch. Ben Roethlisberger made the highlight reel for Elric's Arksters with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 49-yard pass.
Sunday Night Harrison Butker had a 54-yard field goal for Elric's Arksters, who trailed 171.07-118.27 after Sunday Night Football.
It is generally a rarity that finds a single player game a feature of CotP articles, however, over recent months this game has entered my personal top five games of all-time and has passed my hourly steam totals for Mount & Blade, Fallout 4 and Skyrim in the process. What the....yeah, I know.
So many titles over the years have claimed that it allows its players to "win" the game "their way" in an "open sandbox" environment. Well, we cannot get the time back that we spent realizing that those developers were still significantly limited in the scope of what any individual's personal definition of in-game "freedom" actually means. For me, M&B and SWG came close. Unfortunately, both those games (or their EMU reboot) are either approaching or have surpassed the ten year mark of their seemingly eternal impending latest release. Enter Kenshi.
Freedom is a fun word in Kenshi...yes, you have the freedom to stay solo, group up with a squad, make a vegetable farm, join a faction, enslave a faction, slay the champion, be the richest hermit, recruit an army of robots or build the great city....blah blah, boring. Now, the freedom to fail in the most unique form possible...that is the true gem in this game. I will give you just the one example:
My squad is epic, I will tame the badlands and establish a civilized trading outpost...plan = awesome. Headed for the abandoned fishing outpost. Acid rain, not fun...put up tent, survived. Reached fishing village, it is not a fishing village. Really freaky "skin" people pour out of all the village buildings. We put up a good fight but were overwhelmed. One by one, my squad members were....stolen. Knocked out, picked up and taken to some of the village huts. What is going on here? Then the screams. Agonizing screams from my captured squad members. No idea. I am the last one to go down. KO'd, picked up, taken to a nearby hut....
I died from blood loss.....after I was put into a grinder that peeled my skin off.
WHAT IS KENSHI?
Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric ‘Sword-Punk’ style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.
Set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a grueling struggle… You are not the chosen one. You’re not great and powerful. You don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
Edit your characters, build up their strengths and watch them endure and grow. Train Your Skills in Robotics, Thievery, Engineering, Medicine, Weapon Smithing and more!
Play with one character or control a whole team; an army, even. Combat is Real-Time Strategy style with a choice of ranged and melee fighting styles
Build Your Base
Create and run your own city, manage an empire or simply wander the lands as a lone drifter. Research upgrades such as industry tech, weaponry crafting and trade goods
Wounds Affect Gameplay
Complex medical system where injured characters limp, crawl, bleed to death or pass out from starvation. Stem blood loss to avoid predators and replace lost limbs with robotic prosthetics
An original sandbox world. Lay siege as a warlord or make your riches as a trader… There are endless game style possibilities and the world will never stop moving
There is no level-scaling, the world does not level up along with you. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you and you’ll have to use your cunning to survive
Escape capture from deadly slavers & cannibal prisons, rescue your squad mates from grisly death and get them all home alive
Start A Faction
Keep to yourself, form an alliance or oppose other factions and territories of the world… good or bad
The ARK: Extinction map has been added to Drayvn's Server Cluster.
Link multiple maps on one server so that players can truly enjoy everything the game offers. You can live on the Island and still explore the dungeons on Extinction while using the dragon you got from scorched and the spelunking tools you got from Aberration.
Note: This is a private server cluster created by Drayvn and is open to COTP members who are able to conduct themselves in a mature manner.
Note II: These servers are not modded in order to provide some difficulty to those who can handle it.
Maps currently in cluster:
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I'm writing this blog post to vent, but also in the hopes that somewhere in cyberspace it will be picked up and cataloged by search engines and spread like a virus...to warn others of the evil corporation that AT&T is: their service sucks, their customer service sucks, most of their technicians, linemen, IR techs, and supervisors suck...and in general they just suck as a whole.
My story begins around June...no names have been changed to protect the guilty. Admitedly my timeline may be a little off, but for the most part it's accurate I believe.
June 2011, I decided to give AT&T's Uverse service a try. I've been a lifelong landline phone customer with them, and I've been a DSL broadband customer since it was made available in my area around June 2006. Uverse had just been announced about a month ago, and I had high hopes that whatever bugs or issues it had in my area had been worked out by now. Phone, TV, and internet all in one nice neat little package with a speed boost to boot!
I was wrong...so terribly wrong...
Technician and a lineman show up on time on a Friday morning for my install. I'd taken off from work that day so I'd be at home. The lineman actually ran new wire from the road to my house, said it had some kind of problem and they wanted to make sure everything would work right (LMAO!). My installer, DAVE, goes about his business and gets everything up and working in about 3 hours. He even went under my house and replaced the old phone line with a new CAT5 cable so the iNet box and the Gateway could talk without issues (another LMAO). Dave finishes up and hands me the remote, gives me his phone number if I have an issue, and off we go!
Sometime later that night, something goes wrong...
Saturday morning my TV starts pixelating and freezing up, and I loose phone and internet connectivity. The service comes and goes whenever it wants to...sometimes the phone and internet work (barely), sometimes they don't. TV is done...it's either frozen and pixelated or just looses signal all the way.
I called Dave, just like he told me to! Dave told me that he couldn't do anything about my problem...and that I needed to call the 800 number and file a repair ticket. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy with Dave...he lied to me! Why give me your phone number and tell me to call you if you're not going to do a Jeepers thing when I do?
Fine...I call the 800 number, spend about an hour on the phone between the robot, the hold time, the transfer, and the bullshit troubleshooting script they force you to go through. I get my repair ticket...THE GOLDEN TICKET! Technician is supposed to be at my house on Sunday between 12 noon and 4pm.
So, install, I get one nights service, and I'm out for basically two days. Not good...but it gets WORSE!
About 2pm Sunday I get a call from an AT&T robot, who tells me that my repair service has been DELAYED, but that the technician should be onsite no later than 6pm. Wow...great service there. Time rolls on...six PM comes and goes...NO PHONE CALL, NO AT&T TECHNICIAN.
I'm pissed off, but I figure what the hell, it's Sunday...maybe they got tied up and had to roll the problem over to Monday and I just didn't get notified. I'm trying to be reasonable, I'm trying to be a good little lemming for the folks at AT&T...I drank the kool aid, I should give them a chance...right?
Monday morning comes, and I'm confident that someone will be at my house first thing to handle my problem! I leave for work...my wife calls about two hours later...not a word, not a sign, not a THING from AT&T. What the Jeepers...?
I call the 800 number, speak to the robot, he puts me on hold while my blood is boiling over. The phone monkey picks up, transfers me once as is custom, and I'm talking to the tech support folks at Uverse now. I'm pissed off, I ask for a supervior, I want to know why the tech didn't show up yesterday, and why I wasn't the first house on the roster for a truck to be at today? I get bullshit for answers, nobody is responsible, nobody is accountable. Unfortunately for me, the soonest they can get a tech out to my house is TOMORROW (Tuesday). I'm so pissed off I can barely talk at this point. Not that it matters, the zombie on the other end of the line could give a Shinazzy less, and I know that. I take some more blood pressure medications and wait for Tuesday...
Tuesday morning bright and early the AT&T truck shows up (boy was I surprised)! I think this guys name was Robert Taylor. I've called out from work this morning to handle my issues, so this is now about 8 hours of my time I've invested in being onsite for the technicians since my install, and I've got about 2 more hours invested in holding on the phone time. Technician goes through and does his dance...replaced the iNET box (this is #2 so far) and says something wasn't grounded correctly. He checks all the other equipment, I'm back up and running again (for now). He puts in a trouble ticket for the all mysterious, all powerful LINEMEN to look at my problem just to be safe. Robert gives me his cell phone number, tells me to call if I have any more trouble!
I get almost four (4) days of relatively troublefree service. Every once and a while I notice the pixelation in my TV, but it is brief and infrequent...I can settle for that.
Sunday morning, I wake up to no service. TV has no signal, phone and internet are either slow or intermittent.
Like an idiot, I call Robert! He actually answers the phone, and he sounds concerned! He says he can't get out there today, but that he AND his supervisor will come out late Monday and get the problem fixed one way or another.
I believed him...
I even called on Monday and got his voicemail. I reminded him of our conversation and told him I'd see him that afternoon. I made arrangements to come home early (another 2 hours of lost work time) so I could be there.
GUESS WHAT?!?! Yep...noone shows up. I'm so canoodling pissed off at that point I figured that calling Robert was a useless gesture. I call the 800 number, talk to the robot, wait on hold, get transfered, and about an hour later I have yet another GOLDEN TROUBLE TICKET for someone to come out and look at my awesome UVERSE service. Been a customer for 10 days, have a grand total of about 4 1/2 days of uninteruppted service by this point.
Why do these AT&T employees give you thier cell phone and tell you to call them, then they don't do a canoodling thing when you do?
Why does AT&T make appointments with you that noone shows up for, then they expect YOU to follow up with THEM to make sure THEY do thier job and send someone else?
At this point my memory hazes over as we fall into a routine which I sadly participate in for about two months. I have a few days of service, it stops working, I call the 800 number, talk to the robot, talk to the tech support, get a ticket, they send someone who comes out and pokes around my house, replaces equipemnt, and then tells me it's someone elses problem. They then supposedly file another golden ticket with the illusive LINEMAN and the IR TECHS who allegedy do some magical thing behind the curtain like the Wizard of Oz. I say allegedly because whatever they are doing doens't fix a Jeepers thing...at least not for me, over the last two months. I've got all these names scribbled down on my original Uverse channel guide: Shannon, Robert, Dave, Brett, Jason, and John Carr...supervior over the inside techs for my area. John is a special story I'll get to shortly...
While I'm thinking about it, let me tell you that I've discovered that AT&T has taken most of it's support business model from Al Qadea!!! Aparently, AT&T is arranged much like Al Qadea in that their workers are divided into these cells that don't or can't talk to each other, the inside techs can't talk to the linemen, and I don't think the IR techs talk to any of these other folks. This is much like terrorist cells that don't know who the other terrorists are so they can't rat on them if they get caught. The linemen and IR techs aparently also don't have supervisors or answer to anyone within the AT&T business structure...they are kinda like the CIA in that they exist above and outside the organization aparently. They don't talk to mere mortal customers nor can a mere mortal customer speak with anyone in any position of authority over these mysterious shadow people. The inside techs file mysterious tickets with these folks who then may or may not do anything, whenever they get ready to. They never tell you what they did (not that it matters) and they don't have to tell you when they may or may not be doing it. I wish my job were like that...
But I digress: back to the recent past. After several visits (I think around six or seven) over a two month period, I finally ask for and get the attention of John Carr, the supposed supervisor over the inside technicians in my area. I think to myself HOT Jeepers, my preserverence and persistance has paid off...now I got THE BOSS coming to my house. Boss man has to leave the office, some Shinazzy is going to get fixed! Boss Man John shows up with Jason, and they are working hard for about four or five hours at my house. They replace just about everything except the TV cabling, the battery backup box, and the TV recievers. They're on the phone talking to people, they're on the iPad chatting with people. HELL YEAH! This is what I'm talking about...SERVICE! They are talking to linemen, talking about port swaps and replacing wiring along my road and checking something in "the box" down the street and I'm so filled with hope that this is the day that my Uverse service will work forever after. They finish thier work, Bossman John Carr gives me his cell phone number and tells me to call him if I have a problem and that we're going to work together to get this service issue SOLVED once and for all! I hear angels singing in the distance, I hear the hallelujah chorus, the sun shines brightly on my face and warms my heart. I'm thinking rainbows and unicorns...
I think that was on a Friday. By Sunday, no service again. TV loses signal or pixelates and locks up, phone and internet are intermittent or not working at all. I call John Carr, he's on it! Gets me a technician that day, the tech comes out, pokes around, files a ticket with the allmighty linemen and IR techs behind the curtain. Service comes back, I notice a little pixelation, I call John Carr...he assures me that it's probably just a problem somewhere futher down the line and assures me that the magical linemen and IR techs have done their job and fixed my problem...but he says he will consult with those Gods again just to make double sure.
I get about 10 more days of service this time.
Today, I wake up, and once again, just like only hours after my original installation...I have no TV service, and my internet and home phone aren't working right. Wow...just.......wow.
I call JOHN CARR, and he absolutely ignores me. I called one of the other six techs that has been out to my house, he's stunned to hear from me and tells me he's going to call John to get me some help. John never calls me back. NOW I KNOW WHERE HIS EMPLOYEES GET THAT TRICK FROM! Sure, give the customer your number, make them feel better, give them that false sense of security that someone human actually cares about your problems...and then Jeepers THEM if they call you! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA! The jokes on them...SUCKERS!
Fortunately, by this point, I had talked with the the galactic senate and we decided to have a vote of no confidence in Supervisor John. When he didn't call me within the hour, I decided to call the 800 number. Talk to the robot, get transfered a couple of times, and get myself one of those fancy little trouble tickets filed again for the seventh or eighth time. I also went ahead and since I was going to spend yet another day on this problem anyway...talked to the customer service department and basically told them that I wasn't going to pay another Uverse bill for this kind of service. I made an appointment to have my old DSL service reinstated. They asked me if I wanted to have a home phone line with that and I told them no, my verizon and sprint cell phones work just fine. They asked me if I'd like to bundle some DirecTV service with them again and I said no, I'd rather have Dish Network at this point.
I told them that basically, unfortuantely, AT&T has a monopoly in my area and they are the ONLY broadband internet provider other than HughesNet satelite service. So, given the choice between the devil or the deep blue sea, I chose the devil for that. But I'm not ever going to have any other kind of service with AT&T ever again. And the first comapny that offers real working broadband internet on my road besides them, I'll be gone from that too.
They transfer me to the Uverse department so we can coordinate the DSL service start date with a Uverse disconnection. The guy on the phone sounds so concerned about my problem, asks me if he can please call someone with thier TIER 3 tech support and see if we can just get this problem assigned to someone up there and give them a chance to resolve this issue once and for all.
I told him that I ran out of AT&T kool aid about a month ago, I no longer believe. There is no spoon, I'm a red pill now. I've freed my mind and jacked out of the matrix, Lord Vader finds my lack of faith disturbing...but sure...go ahead and we'll give that a try too. While you're at it, see if you can ship me out some ruby red slippers in size 12 wide...I'll try anything.
We sit on hold for about 10 minutes and noone answers his call. I guess they belong to that other terrorist cell, one of the cells that live above and outside the organization that don't or can't talk to anyone. Oh well, he says that he will call me just as soon as someone answers the phone over there. If we can get this fixed, just call back and cancel your appointments. I thank him as we part ways with my DSL service awaiting (re)install on September 14 and the end of my Uverse service pending the same day.
He does call back, basically tells me that the super secret high speed low drag TIER 3 tech support can't look at my issue while a service ticket is pending!!! I'm trying to control my urge to scream obcenities or burst out into laughter like a stoner who is watching the muppet show. He tells me that if the tech that is coming today doesn't solve the problem to call him back and we'll get the SUPER MEGA ULTRA TIER 3 squad on the case. I tell him thanks, but I'm not calling back anymore. It's not my job to make sure that AT&T provides me with service that works. If they can't work and communicate together behind the scenes to save a customer...then they just really don't need me paying them every month anyway.
A couple of hours later Jason comes back out, he's one of two technicians that has been to my house twice in the last two months, and he's a decent guy. I can't be mad at him, he's just a cog in the wheel...and he genuinely wants to fix my problem. The only problem with that is, that his super powers only exist on my property. Once we get out to the side of the road on the pole, he's just a mere mortal like me...at the mercy of the Legion of Doom...or the linemen and IR techs...whatever you wanna call them. Jason works hard on my problem for almost four hours. He replaced EVERYTHING IN MY HOUSE ONE MORE TIME...I mean everything too: the iNet box, the gateway, the battery backup, the DVR and TV recievers, the coax cable under the house, the splitter...EVERYTHING! He files yet another magical mystical golden ticket with the unknowing, unseen, uncaring powers that be beyond my property line. I'm filled with confidence that they will finally after two months actually fix something (not really, I'm just playing with you now...I don't even think AT&T has linemen or IR techs...it's just a clever ruse to make you feel better, like the phone number trick that John and his people do).
I got to watch about an hour of TV before I had to go out shopping with the wife. Got back home, it's frozen and locked up again. It comes, it goes...and I just really don't care any more. I hope and pray that sometime over the last two months that AT&T has not managed to Jeepers up the DSL service I used to have: the service I had since 2006 and have had to call them about maybe once a year for some kind of silly issue on. The service that ACTUALLY WORKS on my road. Please, if there is a God...I beg of you, return my DSL service to me like Moses returned your children to the promised land...Amen.
During the two months +/- on this Homers Odyssey, this trip through Dante's Inferno as it was:
Six or Seven different technicians have come to my house
An unknown number of linemen or IR techs have performed secret magic behind the scenes
Three AT&T bucket trucks have been involved here: the original one that ran the line from the pole to my house on install day, and two more that ran line on my road from the state highway down past my house
My iNet box has been replaced six (6) times
My residential gateway has been replaced three (3) times
My battery backup unit has been rewired once and replaced once
The DVR and receivers in my house have been replaced once
ALL the wiring in my house from the iNet box into the brand new jack they installed and all the TV coax cable has been replaced once
The splitter on the the coax TV lines has been replaced twice
Estimated amount of time spend on hold or on the phone with AT&T the past two months: maybe 8 hours or more?
Estimated amount of work time or personal time I've lost dealing with technicians and such: at least 24 hours of my life total
Grand total of semi-working service days in the two months of since my install: maybe three weeks and some change all together
And still, I have no reliable and consistant service...?
I post this as both a rant and a warning: AT&T sucks. Feel free to repost this, spread it like the gospel! Better yet, if you know someone who works for AT&T in a supervisory or management role, tell them to read this! Maybe they can get a laugh out of it at thier next staff meeting or stockholder/shareholders meeting or something...who knows?
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First off let me preface this by saying the horrific tragedy that occured in Norway defies any attempt at logical thinking, my heartfelt prayers go out to the Norwegian people as a whole.
That being said, I saw this article and couldnt' help but think of this knee jerk reaction for what it is...the blame game. An entire country is going to let the ramblings of one madman dictate policy to them. And once again, you and I as gamers are painted as sociological psychopaths because we enjoy a hobby that this one sick person decided to use as one of the "reasons" for his madness.
"Following the terror attacks in Norway two weekends ago, retailers in that country have begun to pull major shooter and role-playing games from their shelves.
Gaming business site Gamasutra has compiled reports from Norwegian gaming and IT news sources showing that retailer Coop Norway made the first move by stopping carrying 51 gaming and toy brands. The stoppage mostly includes shooters such as Homefront, Counter-Strike Source, Call of Duty titles, and Sniper Ghost Warrior, but also World of Warcraft.
Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoeya and killed 77, had posted online a rambling 1500-page manifesto prior to the attacks mentioning WoW and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and painting the author as part of a modern Knights Templar.
Coop Norway director Geir Inge Stokke said in a Norwegian newspaper that the company moved to remove the games once “we realized the scope of the attack.” He added that it was appropriate at the moment to take the games down and mentioned the “negative effects of games like these.” Continuing, Stokke mentioned that the company will carefully consider when to put the games back on shelves, that the business involved is “of no importance,” and that he wouldn’t be surprised if other retailers followed suit.
In fact, others have begun to fall in line. Norwegian entertainment seller Platekompaniet has pulled the same games from its shelves as well.
The practice of removing games after a violent tragedy has a precedent in Europe. German store Galeria Kaufhof pulled all mature-rated games from its shelves following a 2009 school shooting."
Sadly, they don't mention that personal gun ownership is nearly unknown in Norway...and that thier Police aren't even armed except in extrordinary circumstances (like a madman killing nearly a hunderd people).
If there is no sheppard, who protects the sheep? If you gather alot of sheep in one place, a wolf will come eventually...and a wolf is a wolf because that's what he is...not because he plays video games.
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Caught the story above today, and since I'm 40 it caught my attention! We (folks my age) ARE the pioneers of the video game, the generation that crossed the atlantic to found a new world, the ones who braved the wild west and settled the gamer nation: most of us teething on the Atari 2600 and Intellivision consoles of the eighties, or beginning our gaming careers on a Comodore 64 or Apple IIe long ago. We were the ones feeding millions of dollars worth of quarters into arcade games back in the day. Now, we are the ones buying the lions share of video games these days: both for ourselves and our children. We built the 25 billion dollar industry that is video gaming today.
The general gist of the article was that the government and activist groups keep targeting the game industry for violent and sexually themed games saying they are aimed at children and too easy for underage folks to get thier hands on.
Both of my kids were born during the Internet Age. They will never know what it's like not to have computers and the internet, not to have a cell phone, or not to have video games. They will never watch black and white TV unless it's on Turner Classics or AMC. Technology is so interwoven in thier daily lives that they almost cannot survive without it (just take away your teenagers electronics for a week and see what happens!).
As with all things that could be dangerous or harmful, there needs to be regulation and safeguards in place...but it never ceases to amaze me how some people blame video games for causing bad behaviour, instead of blaming lack of guidance and parenting and common sense in most cases. We as a society have such a hard time taking responsibility for things: the gun killed him, not the crazy person wielding it...the car killed that family, not the drunk behind the wheel of it...the video game makes my kid a sex crazed violent maniac, not my lack of parenting skills and refusal to guide my child on what is real and what is not, or what is appropriate in life and what is not.
Yes, media effects behaviour (that's ALL media: movies, TV, newscasts, video games, music...), but as with all things in life we as human beings have free will to make the choices between good and bad, or right and wrong; regardless of what influence we are effected by.
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This kinda thing is a hot spot for me, so after Tagon posted it I knew I had to blog about it.
Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.
This drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies.
Canadian scientists tested this dichloroacetate (DCA) on human’s cells; it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells and left the healthy cells alone. It was tested on Rats inflicted with severe tumors; their cells shrank when they were fed with water supplemented with DCA. The drug is widely available and the technique is easy to use, why the major drug companies are not involved? Or the Media interested in this find?
I'll tell you why: GREED. Why cure something that is a multi-billion dollar industry? We've been working towards a cure for cancer, AIDS, MS, MD, and a laundy list of terrible diseases in some cases for over 50 YEARS now. You know what the last major disease was that we actually "cured"....POLIO...over 50 years ago. Since then we've claimed we are looking to cure alot of things, with celebrities raising millions of dollars in telethons and concerts and all sorts of revenue streams, but we just end up finding drugs to "manage" or "alleviate" the conditions.
Lets think about cancer, and just limit the research on that to the last 50-60 years. We've put men on the moon, shrank computers from the size of a large building to something you can carry in your pocket, we've split the atom, we've made scientific advancements that only a science fiction writer could have dreamed about...yet we can't cure cancer? With the millions of dollars thrown into research on that disease...what do we have to show for it?
We have pills. Pills to make you happy, make you sad, make you have better sex...and plenty of pills to "manage" every disease or condition under the sun...but nothing that acutally cures anything.
It makes me sick...and the only cure will never happen because too many people make too much money off of not curing things.
Though I'm sure there is a pill somewhere to manage my condition...
Came across this website talking about how selling virtual goods in games is more profitable that the real economy in some cases. Basically it said that gold farming and power leveling generated revenues in the region of $3 billion in 2009 and was serving as the primary source of income for an estimated 100,000 young folks, primarily in countries like China and Vietnam. It also mentions that most of the revenue from such transactions ends up in the country where the virtual value is produced, which contrasts starkly with some of the more traditional international markets, such as that for coffee beans, where the study estimates only $5.5 billion of the $70 billion annual market value ever makes it back to the producing country.
Some would argue that such services cheat the system, the game publishers, and the players by giving an unfair advantage to those who would use them and returning nothing to the company that makes or maintains the game, while others see it as an acceptable capitalistic venture of providing goods or services to those who have less time to grind and wish to pay for them.
Being a long time gamer, I've had varying opinions on this subject. I, like many of you, absolutely hate gold spammers in game and report them religiously, yet I have purchased virtual currency for games from these sources on occasion. I've never paid for power leveling, or for specific in game items however.
I've had mixed feelings about game companies punishing the players for taking advantage of these kinds of services on a limited basis, it makes them look greedy...because they did not think to take advantage of this revenue stream. One could argue that the current wave of FTP/micro transaction games is borrowing a page from the virtual black market, lending credence to how popular and profitable this activity is! If you can't beat them...
Either way, this will long be a debated topic...my only fear is that the government will at some point try to assign real value to virtual holdings and tax you for them. Don't say it can't happen here...
Federal Felonies and Free Wiretapping!
"The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers without a warrant under the terms of the Patriot Act."
Now, I see and feel the pain of people trying to protect thier intellecutal property rights in this day and age but...
WOW! A federal felony! According to the US Governemnt downloading or transmitting music or video illegally is on par with Murder, Rape, Robbery, Treason, and other crimes of that nature? Drunk driving is a middemeanor, and I can KILL someone doing that!
I thought that bugging a vehicle in a private yard without a warrant was pretty far fetched when it came about last year, but wiretapping a person suspected of copyright infringement without a warrant? That's an amazing violation of personal privacy! Why worry about what someone can see on Facebook or find out about you on Google when Uncle Sam can own your computer at any time without due process of law?
Ironically, the last line of the article made me laugh a bit...money talks doesn't it?
"No less than 78 percent of political contributions from Hollywood went to Democrats in 2008, which is broadly consistent with the trend for the last two decades, according to OpenSecrets.org."
AT&T caps DSL broadband users
I'm thoroughly pissed off and disgusted with AT&T and I sincerely hope that as a business they fail and are consumed by another media company at this point. Their wireles service notoriously sucks, and now it looks like they are trying to punish thier landline customers..some of which don't have a choice in who their provider is. Nice monopoly there...
That being said, this is the wave of the future! Capitalism at it's finest...more money for the company, screw the customer.
150gb may seem like alot of bandwidth, but lets take a closer look...
The average computer game is anywhere from 4-12gb to download nowdays, ubless you're buying them on disk (if you can even find them anymore, the shelf space for PC games is dwindling every time I go to a store it seems). Even then, theres hundreds of mb's of patches and content to download after you load the game. Lets say you're a console gamer too, even if you're buying the game on disk you're still downloading several hunderd mb's of content before the game ever launches. Throw in some streaming media from youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Slacker, et all...and see where that gets your consumption up to. Got a VOIP phone like Vonage or MagicJack or Skype...those drink up some bandwidth too! Then add in your normal web surfing and online gaming habits to the mix. God forbid if you have a spyware or malware on your machine dialing home to the Chinese or Russians eating some bandwidth in the background. Do you host a web server or FTP for your personal use? How about your average consumption of digital media...like music and movie downloads for the old iPod? There's probably more that I'm forgetting here, but you get the idea.
150gb isn't as much as it sounds like for the average connected household these days...no matter what the suits claim.
The city I work for has it's own utility department, and as part of that, has it's own cable internet service provider. I've chatted with the guys over there today a bit, and they pretty much confirmed my thoughts on the subject. In thier case, they buy bandwidth in bulk from another provider, then resell that bandwidth and connection service to our customers. NO MATTER HOW MUCH, OR HOW LITTLE, of that bandwidth is used every month, the cost to provide it DOES NOT CHANGE unless we exceed the overall cap limit (which we don't because we intentionally buy at least %25 more than we need, and project that into the future for adjustment). The only reasoning they could give me for capping and charging for bandwidth was to ensure that users did not crowd or overload the "spectrum" (this is cable technolgy which I don't understand, but they even said that spectrum does not apply to DSL customers because each user has thier own circuit on their DSLAM, they arent' sharing bandwidth on a circuit with other users like cable does!)...but that is an issue that can be solved with throttling and other methods, which don't cost the customer any extra money!
Long story short, in my opinion, this is AT&T's pittiful attempt to save a failing business by milking thier customers for more money for a service that does not cost any more to provide based upon usage unless you're abusing the system. And if that's the case, punish and regulate the abusers!!! Not your normal customers...
I really don't know what, if anything, the common man can do about stopping this trend, but mark my words: if the other ISP's see this as a viable way to increase profits and the expense of thier users, they will do it...and that will change the internet as we know it forever. Here at the dawn of the information age, that portal to the world is going to be cut off and regulated...for profit. All the rich digital content and information that we have available and take for granted is going to be metered out by the byte.
A sad day indeed...
Graphics are stupendous on a newer system... GTX 400 series or above should be great on HIGH. I downloaded the High Resolution Texture pack from here and everything still plays very well. 200 series is probably good on Medium/High as well and still looks/plays nicely.
To me, the game is definitely not like DA:O... but I'm not disappointed. Obviously there are going to be a LOT of heartbroken people out there that were really looking forward to a return to the old style of RPGs a-la Baldur's Gate and maybe even Neverwinter Nights... Dragon Age II is not going to be that. You might not even call Dragon Age 2 a sequel to DA:O, but more ofan offshoot of the series... if they come out with a third that brings back the feel of DA:O. The world, the lore, the races, and factions...all still there and just as deep. The customization options of your character are still numerous, and your decisions in the world still have a great impact on what happens in the short-term and long-term.
What about your party?... well that has changed.
Some familiar faces and features return, but the options you get with your party members is more limited in DA2. In terms of equipment, while Hawke can customize all slots like before, your party members are restricted to Accessories and weapons. Their armor is upgradable through purchasing special items from different vendors in the game.
In terms of abilites and spells... the system has been change to somewhat of a talent tree system where you spend points to work your way through a set of spells/abilites. Hawke has a multitude of choice, but each party member is pretty much already set in a particular direction, and best used to fill those roles.
For Example: One caster party member has a wide variety of healing specializations and abilities, but another might have none available to choose from. You could use that first caster as a damage/debuffer... but then you might hurt yourself in the long-run if you don't make Hawke a healer.
Yeah, it kind of blows... especially if you don't like this particular character.
When it comes to rogues/warriors... the game is a bit more forgiving for have a two-hander tank instead of a sword/board... or a range rogue rather than a dagger rogue. So it's not all terrible unless you absolutely hate healing, and really don't like that one character who is probably the best healer. Even then, you could probably manage by making Hawke a mage who has a secondary healing spec.
... Challenge Accepted!!
And what about Combat?
Immediately you'll notice the game feels like a different type of RPG. Combat is much more fast-paced in DA2, and they have removed the top-down view from DA:O. If you start out on Normal difficulty, you'll immediately get a sense of, "Well that was easy..." You might even complain and feel annoyed that the tactical game-play is just gone, and the game is completely changed.
I'll tell you to turn on Hard difficulty and go fight the Mature Dragon at the mines, or the team of Disguised guards at a mansion during the quest "Fools Rush In". Yes... I played a fool and wound up with only my ranged rogue kiting eight enemies around a room picking them off one by one for thirty minutes. While fighting the mature dragon, I knew there was no way my guys could keep taking the hits they were... So I had the tank only stay on the dragon until it went to breathe fire, at which point I paused combat, told the tank to run out of the way of the upcoming fire blast, and had everyone else back up to help reduce threat. When the dragon targeted another party member, I had everyone stop attacking, and move away from the dragon till the tank picked up threat again. Active dodging, character position, and proper damage reduction were all things I had to keep on my mind the whole fight.
It's true you can auto-pilot through many trash fights with good Tactics (the in-game ones) and proper placement of your characters... but tactical combat (from you, the player) is still available and even necessary on the harder difficulties. Try putting it on Nightmare, and use Cone of Cold as much as you used to... it isn't pretty.
So...I'm happy with it.
I like not having to deal with every equipment slot on every single party member, and I'm happy the fighting doesn't feel as sluggish as it used to. I'm happy a combo system was implemented to give boosted damage to stunned/CC'd enemies, and I don't necessarily mind that each character has a pre-defined role... OK... maybe one more mage-healer would have been nice...
I enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins but I did have to struggle to finish it before DA2 released... On a similar note... I enjoyed Mass Effect, but I also found myself pushing through to finish just before ME2 came out.
And yet... with Dragon Age 2 (as with Mass Effect 2) I am having an absolute blast. I find it a very enjoyable experience, and I really don't believe these games are any less of an RPG than the originals. They might be slightly different games, but that doesn't mean they are not still good.
Was I hoping that DA2 would become the next Baldurs Gate 2? Yeah... a little... But I'm not letting those hurt feelings get in the way of what is a good experience.
I believe Dragon Age 2 stands well in it's own regard even if it didn't meet the expectations set by DA:O. You can probably blame EA's influence if you like... but I do believe Dragon Age 2 is worth the money. I've put the difficulty on hard, and find myself completing all available side quests, backtracking to collect chests/materials/loot, and talking to every party member/NPC as much as possible.
There are plenty of bad things if you look for them, but I find there are more than enough good things about this game to make it worthwhile.
I've easily put in over a hundred hours into DA:O, and my close female friend Killasharra has probably done two or three times that.
We both believe what was good about DA:O still holds true for DA2. It might not look like it at first, but you'll see it when you play the game and are willing to take the time to explore and test.
... Well... except the addons. Bioware really needs to update that toolset so we can get addons for DA2...
Some say it's a myth, others say they once saw them playing cards with Bigfoot. Nevertheless, you will all soon know the truth behind the LEGEND of the Purple Barneys.
After yet another amazingly awesome PvP experience in Keshatta, the Covenant of the Phoenix and it's allies were hanging out and having a good time talking about the aforementioned pwnage and throwing a few jokes around.
It was but a few minutes into the conversation when jokes about funny guild names emerged.
Skjoldr heaved forth a starkly hilarious suggestion of "Barney Guild"....followed quickly be the realization that he was now somehow guilded beneath the brand new tag "Purple Barneys".
In a flash of brilliance to cap a funny joke, Throne had changed the guild name from "CotP" to "Purple Barneys" with flawless timing and awesomeness.
It was all in good fun....the guild name would be available to be reset in 24 hours and we would all laugh about it for a few days and then soon file it away amongst the other forgotten funnies of our decade long gaming experience.....or would we?
A few moments later, the harsh reality of Age of Conan guild administrative debauchery would reveal itself in bloody fashion. No, Mr. Genius Throne wouldn't be able to change the guild name back after 24 hrs...or 48...or 72. Oh no no no, we would now get to live our fantastic Age of Conan adventures under the tag of "Purple Barneys" for a full SEVEN DAYS.
The news soon reached the far reaches of Hyboria...from the server-wide chat: "who are all these Purple Barney's running around and owning me in PvP?!?!?".....then the official Age of Conan PvP Server forums: "where did all the Purple Barneys come from?".
Recruitment came to a halt so screeching, it wiped out a small family of nearby chipmunks.
Throne, now trying to figure out new recruitment angles using nickelodeon and disney gaming forums, was then contacted by the leader of one of CotP's closest allies....another realization was about to hit him square in his square, masculine and quite handsome jawbone. "Throne, the leadership of your long-time allies, -The Purple Dragons-, would like to know what the hellz you're trying to pull here?".
After causing a server uproar, a near alliance meltdown and a recruitment nightmare, Throne thought long and hard about what he should order for lunch. Jimmy John's had not yet reached Texas, so Pizza would have to do.
Much thought and very little discussion ensued, with the very clear result coming from a likely source in his good friend Damis. If at any point we were to suddenly cap off a funny guild-name joke by changing our in-game tag, we would certainly choose a much more relative and insightful name......
There are three main ways that people find their way to the Covenant of the Phoenix website, and subsequently, CotP membership.
1. They link directly, most likely as a result of being recruited in-game and given the URL address.
2. They google search for "family gaming guild" or something similar and end up here.
3. They find us via links to this website located on another website.
Today we'll focus on item 3.
First off, how do these links get on other sites?
Many ways, but two in particular.
1. Recruitment threads
2. Signatures (the big one)
While recruitment threads are a must, signatures are viewed thousands of times more and in an exponential amounts of places.
Please be sure and have your signature contain http://covenantofthephoenix.com in as many places as you hold forum memberships!
Here's the most recent list of sites that link in to the CotP, how many links there are and how many different pages are linked:
darkfallonline.com 5,582 2
ign.com 5,073 2
gamerdna.com 2,331 1
dawntide.net 716 2
warhammeralliance.com 549 2
ageofconan.com 172 1
burningsea.com 51 1
startrekonline.com 33 1
riftgame.com 20 1
wordpress.com 18 1
mmatko.com 16 1
ddo.com 9 2
mortalonline.com 9 1
lordofultima.com 7 1
eurogamer.net 3 1
neoseeker.com 3 2
champions-online.com 2 1
potbs.com 2 1
runesofmagic.com 2 1
mmorpg.com 2 1
brainsparks.net 2 1
steamcommunity.com 2 1
livestream.com 2 1
clansdirectory.com 2 1
gpotato.com 2 1
eurogamer.pt 2 2
telarapedia.com 1 1
tentonhammer.com 1 1
vanguard-guilds.com 1 1
archeage-online.com 1 1
sony.com 1 1
webhostingtalk.com 1 1
whalliance.com 1 1
whmsoft.net 1 1
riftnexus.com 1 1
aesky.net 1 1
relicsoforr.com 1 1
opendns.com 1 1
mortalcountdown.com 1 1
mmoguildsites.com 1 1
mmoabc.com 1 1
jeuxonline.info 1 1
insideagon.com 1 1
hostmonsterforum.com 1 1
gametracker.com 1 1
curse.com 1 1
failblog.org 1 1
facebook.com 1 1
eq2-daily.com 1 1
Source: How people find their way to the CotP
Hit the tutorials for the FAQ or just go to the link below.
There are many other aspects of the CotP Economy that won't make it into the FAQ anytime soon, so feel free to ask any questions you have in a reply.
If you wish to have a stock tied to your forum performance, just ask me here and I'll get one up.
I hope you enjoy it, have some fun!
Source: CotP Economy FAQ now available
Please be very clear on this....the CotP will never hold back a single member or leader from attempting to establish CotP entities on PVE servers whilst there are established PvP plans and opportunities available.
Likewise, the veteran CotP leadership will also never hold back vital statistically backed data to help inform this membership and leadership during the installation and procurement of plans that will best secure an expansion chapter's long-term success.
The overriding goal of this leadership during all expansions is to do our best to ensure a lengthy and prosperous endeavor in an attempt to bring in the most recruits looking to join a mature gaming family, subsequently ensuring a higher rate of future successes involving more games and a more diverse group of members.
When I created my first Gharundim Staff Warrior on the Darktide server of Asheron's Call, it was the first time I ever started playing an MMORPG in the exact fashion I wished. Due to the founding of this community, this was also the last time I ever started playing an MMORPG in the exact fashion I wished. There comes a point in every leader’s journey where they realize that the greatest rewards in seeing the success of the fellowship lay not in what achievements were brought to fruition individually, but rather, what was accomplished as a team, a community, a family.
PvE based gaming servers have many benefits to boost the game-play of both group and individual. You generally can level faster and gain more precious loot and are more likely to gain access to end-game in a more efficient manner. These are nice, but unfortunately, are not as efficient as the by-products of the CotP being engaged on a PvP server considering chapters of similar size as well as the overriding goals of the community in general.
PvP servers are challenging, brutal and bring out both the best and worst of the group and individual, often equally. This is not why the CotP supports PvP expansion so vigorously though. There is a certain aspect of PvP game play that forces many gamers to gravitate toward groups of people who are mature, trusting and loyal. There are many single game created clans and guilds built from the idea that the highest levels, the best loot and regular epic end-game participation equal the best. Fortunately for us, we've found that the best gaming out there involves a combination of Maturity, Trust and Loyalty which, in turn, directly leads to the most fun any game can possibly offer....a really good time with really good friends.
In the end, while the individual goals of members are often lessened in the arena of PvP based servers, the goals of the chapter are heightened, often at a much higher rate.
I didn't want to give up our guild mansion in AC to help found "Antiville", but it was in the guild's best interest, so we did it and as a result helped destroy KoC's stranglehold in the then greatest xp area (Tusker Islands) in the game.
I didn't want to become Imperial at all, but I went along with it and lead the guild to victory in battle on the first three server wars against the rebel scum and later helped build "Covenant Imperial City", the single greatest player city on the server.
I really didn't find anything good about getting owned and having my entire inventory looted right in front of my eyes, so we decided to build some walls around the greatest city on the server (Apautan).
This thankfully isn't counterstrike. Some folks get the idea that always going for PvP servers is some elitist fetish for pwnage, but it has nothing to do with elitism when you've got an open recruitment policy and many of our most veteran leaders, including myself, are marginal 1v1 pvpers. Individually, yeah, we probably suck, but when we're together, we're an entirely different animal altogether. The goal certainly isn't elitism, its greatness.
We all know there is no "I" in "Team"....and since I've been a part of this community, it's been made perfectly clear to me that there is no "I" in "Greatness" either.
I hope you take this for what it is. I could give a flying flip what any individual does with his or her free time, but I will always recommend long-term success for the community as a whole over the wants and needs of any individual, including my own. If you absolutely need to play on a PvE server while the vast majority plays on a PvP server, you will absolutely miss out on a fantastic adventure alongside many many existing and future friends.
Source: PVE Chapter at launch?
I have been a Yankees, Jets and Rangers fan for my entire life. Remove the Yankees from the equation and you can see that most of my sports-fan existence has been filled with not only failure, but epic, heartbreaking failure.
For the past five years or so, I've become much busier at work. With over 80 (for hockey) and 160 (for baseball) games played a season, hockey and baseball have become too time intensive for me to follow in any meaningful way. I can usually tell you whether my teams are doing well in the standings and who the stars are, but other than that, those sports have faded into the background of my recreational life.
That leaves football and the New York Jets. The last time the Jets played in an NFL championship game was the year I was born. I have lived through horrible seasons with dismal players and worse coaches. But that isn't what breaks my heart. I can deal with a half-decade of being a team of losers and pushovers. What kills me is the many years of having great players, solid teams and heartbreaking losses to end what should have been more successful seasons.
Losing to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game is depressing. Losing to the Steelers after beating the Colts and the Patriots in back-to-back weeks is painful. Giving up 24 points in the first half with the team looking like it just woke up from a nap is heart-breaking. The Jets slept through the first halves of most of their games this year, so it was no surprise to see them get off to a slow start. But 24 points! Really?!?! Their play was an embarrassment. Delays in play calling. Missed tackles. A running team with two very good backs throwing multiple passes from the one yardline. These are the things that made the game heartbreaking.
This wasn't the first time my team took an early trip home from the playoffs at the hands of the Steelers. In a similarly heartbreaking game, the Steelers beat the Jets in overtime in the AFC Championship game in 2004, after the Jets missed multiple field goals.
Yes, I'm happy my team has made it to the ACF Championship game three times in the last decade. But there needs to be a payoff. They need to play 60 minutes of football. They need to get their act together. Mostly, they need to stop breaking my heart.
Knights of the Old Republic is my favorite game. Period. I loved everything about it, from the twisting plot, to the memorable characters, to the varied and interesting settings, to the final battle. When I heard that they were turning it into an MMO, I was thrilled. The press has all been positive. The previews and limited reviews have been positive. I was fortunate enough to have participated in a limited beta test for three days, which left me wanting more.
That was a couple of months ago. Since then, it seems like the game, or at least the press, has hit a lull. I haven't read or seen much of anything new being announced. It seems like the game will now be released toward the end of the year, which seems like an eternity from now.
So, until I finally get to immerse myself in Jedi/Sith history and help chart the course of a galaxy, I will just have to get my Star Wars fill with Battlefront and other older games. I'll be happy when I no longer have to read a wall of text and can just listen to some Republic Citizen tell me of their woes and plead for help from the Jedi...of course, I may choose to follow the dark side and give that poor innocent citizen a surprise sabre slash about the chest. Bwah, hah, hah!
French filmmaker Mathieu Weschler has invested two years creating what we believe to be the first feature-length (88 minutes) machinima movie made in the world of Grand Theft Auto IV.
The "trashmaster" divides his time between collecting garbage and cleaning up other forms of trash fouling up New York City's streets: dealers, small-time criminals... When the dancers in his favourite strip club are mysteriously killed, the trashmaster finds himself hot on the trail of a particularly twisted serial killer.
Very well done, I watched the entire thing! Well worth the time.
The Covenant of the Phoenix pride's itself on being an international gaming community with gamers from all over the globe. This blog entry will be revealing the glorious top ten CotP countries ranked by visitors. In the past couple months, we've been visited by 116 countries including several visits from countries like Iran, Sudan, China and even a visit from Mongolia. Unfortunately, we've not yet received any visits from Greenland or Madagascar...
And now, the top ten.
Obviously, with 9,005 visits in the past month, the United States comes in at the number one slot. It is easy to see why it is the most coveted group of internet users among advertisers as you dig deeper into the statistics. CotP visitors from the United States averaged a whopping 11 pages per visit and spent more than seven minutes browsing the site.
Number two on the list is Canada coming in with 535 visits. Canadians averaged six pages per visit and spent an average of three and a half minutes on the site.
Number three was the United Kingdom with 346 visits. Visitors from the UK averaged four pages per visit and spent two and a half minutes per visit browsing the site.
Here's the rest:
4 Sweden 181 4.22 0:02:43
5 Australia 168 1.77 0:00:58
6 Germany 123 2.17 0:01:00
7 Netherlands 98 2.45 0:01:02
8 France 83 2.2 0:00:55
9 Poland 80 1.48 0:00:52
10 Denmark 76 3.82 0:01:17
This is just a post to outline what we've created so far...it will continue to grow. I'll update as necessary.
Main Page: Has the latest stories from the community, chapters and front page news we want to try and get all members to read.
Official Chapter Page: Shows all our current active chapters and their leaders. (All active chapters also have their own page)
Community Page: Shows the latest community news, member spotlights as well as our facebook and twitter connections. (like us on Facebook here)
Livestream page: This is where you will see the latest alpha and beta videos from games that CotP is testing out as well as videos of guild events, raids, etc. We get a few visitors here so stop by and see if anyone is chatting...chats are saved for a couple days, so don't hesitate to chat up the community while you're browsing the videos (very cool integration by Tagon and Damis, you can watch videos and chat without ever leaving our site)
Flash Arcade: It's an arcade, has games, fun games, leaderboards, etc. Good times.
Profile Statistics Tab - adds a new tab to your profile, showing some interesting statistics of your posting. Such as number of posts per forum, per hour and your total number of votes/topics/polls.
Drag-move Personal Topics - gives you the ability to "drag-move" personal topics (PM) into different folders, instead of using the built-in dropdown box.
Secondary Groups Indicator - Will show all the secondary groups that a user belongs
Total Time Spent On Forums - Will show how much time each member spends logged into the site.
True Stats - True Stats causes IP.Board to include deleted posts and members in the board statistics numbers, rather than counting currently active posts and members. If you regularly prune old topics or users, that will no longer affect the board statistics displayed on the main page. (this should make Throne happy, since I tend to purge the deleted folder from time to time. > )
This next one should interest you altaholics. Now you can have multiple avatars to use for different occasions on the forums. :blink:
MultiAvatars - ability to collect and use a set of avatars, and apply custom avatar for each post. Click on the small box in the bottom right corner of your avatar picture to open options.
Source: New Website Features: (So Far)
As mentioned here we are about to launch a podcast and we are looking for name. So which of the suggestions do you think we should go with?
The first 8 are all from the twisted mind of Delmar, 9 came from Bandoid and 10 was what I was using when test recording with some friends, they all thought the name was what we were going with and loved it so I figured I would give it a chance in the poll. Since I am hoping to record this weekend the poll closes on Friday vote soon and vote often.
Source: Podcast name
So we can blame Bandoid for my latest music fetish...is fetish the right word when it isn't sexual?!?! Anyway he posted a link to the winner Russian Idol, now he didn't post this because he liked the music, but rather because it was shocked at what she was wearing on what appeared to be children's show. Now I am not writing this to get into a debate about what was or was not appropriate (And before anyone ask I am a prude and was more then a little shocked by the choice of clothing) instead I am posting to share an Artist I recently found while I was listening some great Russian pop music.
The artist name is МакSим which translate to Maksim the song is ТРУДНЫЙ ВОЗРАСТ which means Difficult Age and honestly it has this hypnotic techno beat with this lovely soulful voice and when you find out the meaning it just makes it that much better.
Anyway give it a listen and watch out for my next post which may just be some symphonic metal which I wont be able to blame Bandoid as I have been listen to that music for a long time
I should have gone to bed when I said I was because I think I may regret this post in the morning.