Guild Wars 2’s disconnection problem distances the game from players

Posted by | September 22, 2017

Guild Wars 2 is a magnificent massively multiplayer online gaming experience that has brought some of the best graphics to MMO gaming as well as compelling storytelling and built a lasting community. Like it game franchise it is not without its flaws, however, and one of those flaws disconnects GW2 from its customer base.

We refer specifically to disconnections.

When suddenly, without omen or warning, the game loses connection to servers and unceremoniously boots you back to the character select menu.

Sometimes this even happens so gracelessly as to get you stuck with the client running, unable to act or even close it. However, this is not the problem that brings us here today.

That problem is that sometimes these disconnections occur in the midst of what GW2 is known as living story instances. Little episodic parts of the game that occur outside of …


Chapter Thirteen: The Missed Opportunity

Posted by | September 17, 2017

“How did you know to ssshoot the sssuit?” Boots hissed as he prodded the smoldering remains of the suit. Its ashes still glowed with the residual energy of the assault, but as the heat dissipated the embers faded.

Upon unleashed the full force of their DPS on the suit, the “supervisor” monster crumbled without a fight. Every point of damage done to the suit transferred and amplified the boss until it was rendered into a twitching pile of wreckage in the middle of the floor. After it collapsed, Helvetica, Boots, and Rocky-Road kicked its pieces around the room and into the hallway for good measure.

It wasn’t coming back.

“Something the cook said,” Helvetica replied. She looked around the manager’s office. “I suppose this means we control the ship now?”

Rocky-Road swished her tail and sauntered over to the desk. With a hmph she swept some of the debris from the fight off the …


Miradorn Theta-class heavy raider [T6] review

Posted by | May 8, 2017

Mercenaries, privateers. and those that enjoy some only-slightly-lawless activity have gotten a bit of a fist-bump with the addition of the Privateer lock box in Star Trek Online now that the box drops the Miradorn Theta-class Heavy Raider. This is a versatile raider-class ship with a heavy forward-facing weapon layout and a really, really big engine to keep it on the go.

Are you the type of captain who wants to nimbly dodge through space with barrel rolls and sudden bursts of acceleration or deceleration? Then keep reading, as the Theta-class also reintroduces the Tactical Maneuvers ability that, until now, could only be used with the Zen store Pilot ships.

The Theta-class also helps beef up the number of cross-faction raiders in Tier 6 available to Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

In this review, readers will discover how to get this ship, its vital stats and other …


Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Reveals Pact Commander Mastery

Posted by | August 12, 2015

Guild Wars 2 is closing in on its third year of life and we’ve heard that Heart of Thorns, it’s first-ever expansion, will be coming to us before the end of 2015. Along with that revelations are slowing leaking out about various elements (from specializations to new maps to masteries) and the most recent is the Pact Commander mastery track. To learn more about this socially-enabled mastery track, read up at SiliconANGLE by Kyt Dotson.


Star Trek Online ‘Season 11: New Dawn’ Teases Exploration

Posted by | August 11, 2015

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment teased Star Trek Online Season 11: New Dawn over the weekend. Highlights include a new exploration system, the Admiralty System (commanding fleet missions), Tholians, Mirror Universe, and voice work coming. Oh yes, the Iconian War will be over this month on the next. Read more about it at SiliconANGLE with Kyt Dotson’s coverage.


Chapter Twelve: Subscription Cancelled – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | July 31, 2015

“I sssay we just ssshoot it, Captain,” Boots hissed.

“I am inclined to agree,” Helvetica said to him. As the conversation continued, she poked through the reply options, grinding her teeth. “Does this dialogue ever end? It’s like I’m playing a Foundry mission. Which one of these conversation trees leads to ‘a gunfight ensues.’” A few more clicks through blocks of text (that she’d already read) and she finally found something that she liked.

“I was sent by upper management, they are not happy with your numbers. Stand down and I promise to be gentle with the audit.”

“Good one,” Rocky-Road said.

“Resistance detected,” the Borg creature said. “Hard sell mode engaged.”

Rocky-Road blinked and hissed with a sharp intake of breath. “I…don’t think it believed you.”

The supervisor gestured towards the window and the USS Oxford. Outside the Borg sphere, the tractor beam glow increased in intensity and the starship shuddered as bulkheads began to …


World of Warcraft Players Now Get Lap Cats

Posted by | July 21, 2015

The news is out that cat pets in World of Warcraft will sit in your lap if you sit down. Players everywhere are testing this out, and having their furry companions join them. There’s also been one player who shared his story about how he remembers his beloved cat in WoW and had the joy of seeing him leap into his lap unexpectedly with this new addition. See details at SiliconANGLE written by Kyt Dotson.


MMO Anthropology Friday: Skyforge Tonight

Posted by | July 17, 2015

Just a reminder to everyone who follows the MMO Anthropology livestream. Tonight will be My.com’s Skyforge.

The fantasy sci-fi MMORPG Skyforge just went into open beta. We will be playing this game tomorrow on the livestream! http://t.co/QSeAo21pjj

— MMO Anthropology (@mmoanthropology) July 16, 2015

The game is an interesting sort of action-combat, free-to-play MMORPG that mixes fantasy and scifi into a game of gods. Your character is an immortal tasked with protecting a world against strange invaders and gifted with godly powers.

While new players have access to only three starting classes—Paladin, a tanky melee sword-and board fighter; Cryomancer, a ranged ice-based caster; and Lightbinder, a light-based ranged support—our friends have access to the Gunner and Berserker as well via a Founder’s pack.

You can expect Vox Ex Machina Editor-in-Chief Nelson


Guild Wars 2: Revenant final legendary Shiro Tagachi revealed

Posted by | July 16, 2015

As the Revenant is the newest up-and-coming class in ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns, much of the community has been eagerly awaiting the final core legend that this class will channel. That legendary figure has been confirmed as Shiro Tagachi—a villain from Guild Wars who wielded twin long-blades.

ArenaNet has also added that dual-wield swords will be the newest addition to the Revenant’s arsenal.

As a legend stance for the Revenant, Shiro is also expected to fill a role that seemed neglected with the other three—condition control, healing support, and tank support—which is a damage role.

The name for Shiro’s set of capabilities is called “Slashing Destruction,” which echoes Shiro’s past life as an assassin and his penchant for blades and the mist. His abilities manipulate the mists in rapid, flashy attacks that rip opponents to ribbons.

Rift Slash, this attack will


Chapter Eleven: The Boss – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | July 14, 2015

Resistance detected,” the Borg supervisor said, the volume of its voice swelling in an uncanny crescendo of voices. “Activating Supervisor 341 adjunct 2 of Store 551 of 600. Stand by for direct interaction.

The trio didn’t kick in the door to the vinculum (aka Manager’s Office) but they also didn’t knock. Apparently, these two possibilities carried equal weight in the world of the Borg Collective. The drone behind the incongruously large desk that dominated the room leapt up from his seat as Helvetica, Boots, and Rocky-Road entered the room with such alacrity that it almost seemed as if he’d left his suit behind in the chair as he advanced.

No, Helvetica realized suddenly, he did leave his suit behind in the chair.

The abomination standing before them looked less like a man and more like a collection of man-parts assembled haphazardly in the silhouette of a man-shape held together by a loose collection …


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