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Posts posted by Aly-DN

  1. 17 hours ago, Maika-DN said:



    9 hours ago, FefeHulk-DN said:

    *same stuff*

    You two are, in fact, saying the same things. Maika speaks about well known players in the past that were nasty human beings that used people and how players allowed themselves to be used because they wanted to get ahead. FefeHulk points out that Maika is being used right now by the newest Alaryl/Pocos/et al. Maika acknowledges that.

    The point is.. you can't change it when people don't want it to change. NCWest could get involved, as they tried to in the past, but what's the point when players actively support the egotistical douche-canoes that are using them?

    There is a saying.. in a democracy, the people get the government that they deserve. I believe this goes for the players of Aion as well. We vote with our wallets and with our feet. We chose to be here. We chose to continue to pay to be here. And we chose to support vile human beings who use players for their own financial and in game progress gain. We don't need saving. We have the state of a game that we deserve.

  2. On 6/16/2020 at 2:54 PM, Zombiex-DN said:

    When you no longer have a common enemy, it's time to fight your own faction, the same thing happens in real life and in videogames ofc lmao

    .. and round and round it goes.

    There are so many examples of this truth going as far back as 2009. It's just Aion.

    There was a time when I would get all tied in knots over these things happening. I participated in faction meetings and spoke calmly to egotistical dickheads who made my skin crawl all in an attempt to get our very under-represented faction to work together to get something nice and shiny for our faction. I was all about "You don't have to like the person you are sieging with. You just have to work with them for an hour so that we can all benefit." We even got attention from the staff who, like us, wanted to see Aion be a fair game where no one was locked completely out of content. You would think with the staff mediating between the two factions and actually coming into game on their days off to encourage unity that everything would have been sunshine and rainbows. And you would be wrong. This is AION, where we can't have nice things because ultimately we, the playerbase, don't want them. In the end the staff backed off when a large legion broke ranks and screwed the entire faction over.. a legion, btw, who couldn't have been bothered to actually participate in all the work that went into getting the faction together and working with the staff despite being invited to participate.

    Because in the end the flaw of Aion is that in order to have nice things, you have to get other players to act in a manner that doesn't screw you over. The names may have changed over the years but the toxic attitude remains. And worse, there will always be players who are otherwise nice people who support them because being included feels good and the potatoes know this.

    So here is the thing. What the OP is describing has always been around. It isn't going to get better and will, in fact, only get worse. Try not to let it bother you. Play your own game. Do what you can. Laugh at the tardastic gymnastics.

  3. 16 hours ago, Cheesecake-DN said:

    Hey. There's a rant incoming, and it's not personally directed at you! :)

    I got tired of shelling out the money to host and maintain the files for NCsoft, especially for no reimbursement of any kind. I started feeling like my kindness and devotion to the game were being brutally taken advantage of (even if through no fault of Cyan or Hime). I was putting in hours at a time of being unpaid Support for a multimillion dollar gaming company because I like solving problems and I genuinely wanted people to try out the game, even if I didn't like it anymore. Like, the hours I'd put in put me well beyond the "volunteer" category. Probably 1500-2000 or so of my posts here are based on helping people, and I'm not exaggerating.

    I also don't play anymore. I tried 7.X, and I didn't enjoy it at all. I pretty much only log onto the Aion forums for the fun of it because I was practically married to this game for 10 years and didn't just stop helping Cyan/Hime out when I could even after I quit.

    The final thing that killed it for me was having several of the people I'd helped turn around and attack me. If I'd been getting paid for my efforts, that would have been whatever, but I wasn't. I was being nice and helpful, and that was what I got in return. Ouch.

    So, it's nothing personal, but I'm only going to do something for Aion if I really feel like it, and redownloading the game, zipping the files, finding my login for that google account, signing up for the subscription for the 100GB google drive, uploading everything, and making the right files sharable + bringing in the correct links to the forums is so far from something I feel like doing, even if I'd love to help you out.

    Here's a picture of an imperfect, but very tasty oreo cheesecake to make things better:



    Yup. I feel you there.

    In honor of the Cakemonster..



  4. 1 hour ago, Arhangelos-KT said:

    I am sure those analytics that analyze your pc and think this is the problem. Those fake scam PC companies that try to steal your data are more legit than NCWest support.

    They once asked me to install such a program that shows everything about my pc, as if it is my fault their servers lag.

    Did they really? Can't say I ever had that happen. What has changed that suddenly they want to load things on to your computer? 100% that is not cool.

  5. 18 hours ago, LadyLoredana-KT said:

    I sent a ticket to Support as Hime said and as a reply I got them telling me to try lots of programs and they were also asking "again" for explanations tath I had told them already!

    I am "NOT" installing any new things on my PC, I told them that my computer was okay before the update and I have no problems what so ever with other games, and that I won't use any of the programs they said I should try to get the lag away.

    It is their problem if we have such massive/horrific lag, not my problem. If they do not fix it I will leave AION because the game is impossible to play, easy solution.

    I could not believe that they are trying to make me the cause of the lag!

    This is super weird. What programs exactly did they ask you to install? It would be interesting to find out.


  6. 14 hours ago, Arhangelos-KT said:

    Here is a general advice in a game that is already going downhills, don't trust anyone.

    Story time:
    I was on Katalam doing some camps, I got me the Katalam weapon that gives you 250k HP and I was trolling a group of clarity (side note: do clarity people ever go anywhere solo or in a small group, or do they form a league to even do weeklies?), so I was there killing the camp commander of an elyos camp, and I get an invitation, I accepted him thinking there must be either a guy who needs to finish a quest killing the camp leader or someone who is ungeared and needs help with the weekly. I always accept blind invites near camps with weeklies aimlessly not even paying attention to the person inviting me because it is selfish to kill the mobs while more than one person can claim the kill to finish a quest. When I got the invitation the boss was already less than halfway down (it was a 2 star camp), I killed the boss and tried to loot it then realized the guy who invited me took the time to instantly change the loot to "Leader - normal" so only he could loot the camp commander.

    Now now... the loot is literally nothing important, it is almost junk material, who cares about it. But take a moment and realize someone was there, invites you, and instead of trying to help with the cause, and then share any potential loot, he takes the time to really change the loot seconds before the boss dies! The specific boos/loot is irrelevant, it is how deep invested some people are in Aion to the point they need to do things like this, call me naive but I learned this today, I never in my life ever thought about taking advantage of loot from someone else like this. There is someone who's brain is fast at thinking like this.

    Here my friend, enjoy the loot and the 5 minute fame.


    (I checked the loot rights, it was Leader-normal, I didn't screenshot it then because I found it funny at that moment that he had to do such a low key act, then I thought let me share this story with the rest)



  7. 1 hour ago, Shy-DN said:

    The game has always been p2w since f2p and it will never change. I am a free player and i can manage to get by and still compete by farming on my alt accounts and wait for good free events to feed my main. I was able to +15 4 of my stigmas with the stigma stones i got for free from the stormwing event. I am out of stones now so i'l just save kinah and hope that someone sell a +15 stigma my way. 

    AND to the OP, I do not know if you are playing by yourself or with friends, but its definitely a lot easier to pvp with a group  (a decent one) than to go solo.

    Sorry bad english, not my language.

    It wasn't that pay2win when the game first went f2p in the US and EU. You have to understand, at that time and for several years after we went f2p, the game was still a sub game in Korea. That's why, for instance, a lot of skins we could buy at the shop were not sellable or tradeable. Those skins were actually rewards from events in Korea. They wanted players to actually play to get them since they were getting $$ the longer people played. That's why so many of the events were afk events. The Korean players were paying to stay online. It wasn't until the game went f2p in KOREA did we really kick our pay2win into high gear. That's when we finally saw what NCSoft would do with a game DESIGNED around a free to play model. And it stinks.

  8. 4 hours ago, Vantheria-DN said:



    Damn you, Van! Poor little guy!

    9 hours ago, Onggong-KT said:

    Developer team salary?
    3D Artist salary?
    Sound artist salary?
    QA team salary?
    Tester salary?
    server cost?
    Server technical salary?
    PR cost?
    GM/ support team salary?
    How many player pay for this game now?

    I agree with you stigma event is pay to win. the damage between +12 to advance stigma is to big they should make it like daevanion skill increase damage each plus. who have stigma +15 won't stay too far from normal ppl so it will be easier to be accept it ok game need money to operate.
    All MMORPG have same problem. So if you can't find the way to enjoin the game you should quit it soon!


    3 hours ago, Rapier-DN said:

    Just wanted to point out that our population won’t ever cover any significant percentage of ANY of the costs that you mention  It’s more realistic to think about NA operational costs such as support , Loki, our share of Hime, Gideon, server team.

    Having too large of a discrepancy between the  heavy P2W and the F2P means that eventually the F2P leave -  if any of you recall some of the early patches this might sound familiar.

    Both good posts and not really counter to one another.

    This (and all games) exist to make money. They are businesses, not charities. It's weird that that has to be pointed out so often. NCSoft exists to make money. As @Onggong-KT points out, developing and maintaining a game isn't cheap. And with a free-to-play model, the company has to entice the players to spend their money. Our model at Aion was one of the best ones I had seen.. up until Aion went f2p in Korea. Before that, we were playing a sub-game squeezed into a f2p model. Now we are playing what the Korean devs actually mean to be f2p. When that change happened, we suddenly started to see the boom in pay2win. And it's only gotten worse and worse.

    It's not going to change. And it's not going to get better. Unlike a company like Blizzard, which is pretty much run by gamers, NCWest is run by bean-counters. All they see is dollars and cents. The higher ups at Blizzard realize that if they do things like.. ban hackers.. gamers are more likely to stay, play and spend money. The higher ups at NCWest look at a whale getting banned for hacks and can only see the loss of that one player's money. What they don't see is that we see that the pay2win crowd is treated far differently than the casual spender or the totally free players. And though they may keep the whales, who are those people going to fight? Each other? As @Rapier-DN points out, the f2p crowd will just leave and even the casual spender will get sick of being beat to death by whales.

  9. What an odd connection to make. If you think about it, the majority of the work done on this current patch was done when Cyan was still our community manager. So if something doesn't work or there is lag, he was around when the patch was being tested. And even if you point out that he was around when the patch was working its way to us, he was a community manager. He wasn't a tester or a translator or a coder or anything of the sort. It was his job to communicate with us and, sadly, mostly his communications were to tell us that he had no information on things we wanted changed or fixed. It wasn't his job to get this patch to us or to make sure everything worked.

    Put away your tinfoil hat. It really isn't needed here.

  10. 3 hours ago, Arhangelos-KT said:

    This is why turning all maps into safe zones 1 hour before daily reset wouldn't hurt anyone and rather allow ungeared people to finish their quests easily. Or even 2 hours who cares, that time is kinda dead anyways.

    We actually had something like that way back when in Sarpan/Tiamaranta. There was an hour or two where PvP was allowed everywhere but in the main town, which was shared. What it turned into was pretty much the same as the non-raised safe pads from Kata/Dan era. People attacked and then hoping back over the line right before they died.

    PvPers complained about people hoping in and out of the safe zone. PvEers complained that there was a few hours a day when they couldn't gather or do anything and were stuck sitting afk. It just didn't accomplish what anyone really wanted.

    You just aren't going to bridge the gap between what strict PvPers and strict PvEers want in a game designed like Aion is. The game is billed as a PvPvE game.. a mix of both. Anyone looking only for one or the other is always going to be disappointed. A toggle would be a disaster, imo. The only thing that might work would be to have a PvP server and a PvE server with no ability to ever transfer between the two. The PvE server would have no sieges and no PvP gear, since it is un-needed. The PvE server would have no arenas and no PvP instances. It would be a heaven for instances and PvE gearing and crafting. The PvP server would have what we have right now.

    If you look at games where PvP is totally optional, you can see why Aion as it is just wouldn't work. GW2 is just such a game. Open world is 100% PvP free. There is no toggle. It just isn't allowed. The world is huge and varied. Open world bosses have personal loot, so there is no competing for it. The crafting is profitable results in great gear. There are several modes of instanced PvP. The biggest is WvWvW which stands for World vs. World vs. World. The match ups reset every week, so you aren't constantly against the same worlds. Having three worlds helps any week from being a straight up slaughter. If one world is dominating, the other two worlds can gang up on them. You have to click a button to enter this. There are several maps you can enter. While there you can participate in a zerg or run solo or in small groups. You can help assault a big castle or a small outpost or just cut off supply routes. It's very dynamic and always fun. But it is 100% voluntary. There are players who never enter and those that never leave. But the game was designed to be that way. Aion wasn't. The PvP and the PvE are just too tangled up.

    Just my thoughts.

  11. 5 hours ago, Vantheria-DN said:

    Actually QA generally means Quality Assurance (or Analysis) within job/position titles lol. But yeah, that still means he should know the functions of the game for testing.


    Thanks for the correction, Van!

  12. 13 hours ago, Violeta-KT said:

    What? What is this? An NC employee with actual knowledge of game systems?


    He better since that "QA" before his name means.. Question & Answer. In other words, he's the guy that goes in and tests things. It's his job to know things.

  13. 1 hour ago, Valkarie-DN said:

    Hime, my name is valedia and i would just like to say please do not give out any compensation for the time arena has been down cuz these players are acting like they invested any money or time running an instance that has been known to be broken since it was added so i see no need to compensate anyone...Hime i am giving u the benefit of the doubt of not being an idiot so please dont prove me wrong and i do hope you dont become a pocket GM...

    Hello, Valedia/Valkarie/Whateveryouarecallingyourselftoday. My name is Aly. It might be helpful for you to understand that Hime is a CM.. just as Cyan was. Neither is a GM. But more than that, Hime is the CM. She is the lead CM of all the little CMs at NCWest. She was Cyan's direct boss. More than that, when Hime started at NCWest years and years ago, she was Aion's CM and was (and still is) highly respected. Now.. she will probably give -you- the benefit of the doubt and not write you off on this single rather silly threatening post. So try not to act like an "idiot".

    Game on!


  14. If you made PvP voluntary at end-game, you take away the premise of Aion. That's the bottom line.

    I played through the prema-rifters and the twinks and all the measures Korean put in place to try and stop the whole-sale exit of players who left Aion because they 100% couldn't level because twinks were one-shotting them. I spent at least an hour each morning on my level 50 gladi in Eltnen killing kisks and camping rifts as I gathered. The whole twink mind-set is crap and characters that did it needs to be tossed into a virtual fire and roasted into ash which then would be flushed down the big ol' potty that is Aion today. 

    BUT.. and it's a big butt.. Aion is designed around PvP. Everything at end-game is designed around getting players out into the open world so that they can act like quest mobs for PvP weeklies and dailies. The majority of players get their kills and leave. The -real- PvPers will respond when someone gives a shout that they are enemies killing them over and over. There are actually very few tardlets who only prey on the weak and will continue to kill them past their quest needs.

    If the devs were to make a flag system or some such that would make PvP totally voluntary, I believe more players would quit and not just the PvP players. Aion's PvE just isn't interesting enough to keep people's attention. So there has to be something else that keeps them focused and gets their heart racing. Since the instance itself isn't interesting, they make getting to the instance interesting. Since doing the same freaking repeat quest for the millionth time isn't interesting, the threat of PvP while doing the quest keeps it interesting.

    There just has to be a way to educate new players while they level that when they get to end-game, they will have to deal with PvP so that it isn't this horrible crushing surprise.

  15. This seems to happen on and off every week. Since you could just close the client and relog, as you pointed out, the issue wasn't a big problem. You are saying that, for you, this is no longer the case? Did you actually get locked out for 8 hours?

    Sadly, even blocking people out I doubt anything will be done about this. First, NCWest would need to figure out why this happens and then NCSoft Korea would have to put in a fix for it. That's a lot of hoops for management to jump through when they haven't shown a lot of willingness to put much time into the running of Aion.

  16. No. That wouldn't be great. You can't make the argument that someone is sitting on a name you want and has been inactive for years, since (as Arhangelos pointed out), names were totally reset with the last merge.

    Just be creative and chose a new name.

  17. Aion has always been heavy on the PvP at end game. It has gotten away from leveling PvP, but that seems to have given players the false notion that PvP is completely optional and voluntary. At end game, it is neither. PvP will be forced on you from time to time once you hit max level. You can't 100% opt-out.

  18. Wah? Oh! Hackers thread. Love those.


                                       (Aly)                                                                 (Cakemonster)



    Can't stop. Won't stop!


  19. 4 hours ago, Valkarie-DN said:

    now all i see on forums are the butt kissers that was like yo cyan what the hell man i cant believe you guys didnt do this didnt do that and now its oh no cyan got fired and i will miss you and all this false bs. fake sentiments is all these post are about. lets see who will be first to kiss the new GM's ass, Aly.

    cyan, go work for ff14, best community like ever.

    I don't think that complaining about the state of the game to the only person we had contact with (i.e. Cyan) prevents us from missing that person when they leave the game. It's not Cyan's fault that the game is in the state that it is in. He was just one of the community managers. He communicates with players. He didn't develop or manage the game. Sure. People often expressed their frustration at him, but I think most people realized that he didn't have the authority to make any of the changes that we wanted. All he could do is communicate what we wanted to Gideon, the only person at NCWest that works exclusively on Aion.

    As for "the new GM", I assume you mean CM that is tasked to listening to us. I honestly doubt we will get someone "new". Already we have seen Hime dealing with us, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of the other CMs from the other NCWest titles adds us to their workload. I don't think they will hire someone new.