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CrackaJax



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:25 pm Reply with quote
Predicting bombage. The MMORPG scene is too overcrowded. I do wish them the best of luck, though, and hope they get plenty of users.
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Sarki-Kun



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:28 pm Reply with quote
Sounds really cool...I want to try the demo Anime hyper. Well, furthermore, I want to go to the Tokyo Event, hehe. Well, are they gonna put any trailer/video or whatever that ANN will allow their users to watch?

That would be great!!
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littlegreenwolf



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 3:31 pm Reply with quote
CrackaJax wrote:
Predicting bombage. The MMORPG scene is too overcrowded. I do wish them the best of luck, though, and hope they get plenty of users.


Plenty of bombage coming their way, or at least so here in North America. The have completely jaded a giant majority of their past users here due to poor tech service, security, and well, slow rate of updates. Gravity does NOT have a good name here in North America.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 4:13 pm Reply with quote
The best anime-style MMORPG to come out in the past year, IMO, is Seal Online. I played the Japanese beta, and if I had a Japanese credit card, I'd probably be playing it right now.

Grigon has no real American presence, but I caught a rumor the other day suggesting that Seal would be getting an English translation in the near future.. I'd pay for it. :)
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Emerje



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:00 pm Reply with quote
Probably the next MMORPG that I plan on getting (if it comes over here) is Fantasy Earth: The Ring of Dominion. It's everything I love about PSO (the option to play alone) and FFXI (large fantasy worlds) all in one game. Not to mention the graphics are beautiful and it's a PC game.

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Onizuka666



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:16 pm Reply with quote
I agree that the MMORPG scene is very crowded, but as for anime style games like Ragnorok there are very few, and fewer that fans outside of japan can actually play properly.

You say that they have server problems etc, but the only way to solve these real problems of popularity would be to have a worldwide Ragnorok official release. This way things can be sorted out and all server problems fixed per territory. More popularity means more servers needed.

I don't see any sign of Ragnorok shutting down because of the huge popular culture of anime, manga and games will keep it alive. Also if an online rpg, already has a large known fan base, outside of gaming like Star Wars for example, that fan base will help keep it alive and feed production more updates of games. Like Star Wars (or perhaps Star Trek, though I hate using it as an example), Ragnorok now has their anime series soon finishing in japan (something like this happens to popular games), which will also help bring more money in for Gravity and co, eventually in tv licensing and dvd sales etc.

Gravity are a talented bunch, and it's good to see korean rpgs getting more recognition now because of them. My hope is that Ragnorok will eventually get onto consoles, because that's how you really reach an audience. I'd love to see Ragnorok Online go onto Xbox, PS2/3 or even PSP/DS. Even a cut down version on mobile phones would also be an idea to explore.

What is really needed next for online games as a whole, is more diversity of genre. We need long and short games, problem at the moment is too many long rpg ones. As for competition, I love Square Enix, but I also love plenty of other lesser known rpgs, so why let Square Enix take all the cake with FFIX?

I'm from the UK and Ragnorok is not on sale here, only popularity will bring it my way, and to everyones console and PCs (would love for Arcturus and Shining Lore to get a hand held console release too). I'll look forward to hearing more about this new rpg.

Go Gravity. Respect is due and you got mine.
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cyrax777



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:45 pm Reply with quote
Onizuka666 wrote:
I'd love to see Ragnorok Online go onto Xbox, PS2/3 or even PSP/DS.


RO would look very cheesy on a console unless they Gravity remodeled everything from scratch.


I dont see RO dying anytime soon maybe the offical servers might come down some day but there a a ton of private unautherized servers with more popping up every day.
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ultrabot



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 8:27 pm Reply with quote
Onizuka666 wrote:
I'm from the UK and Ragnorok is not on sale here


as in a retail version you purchase? I dont think that will ever happen with RO, hell they're already planning Ragnarok Online 2.
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DCRavenX





PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:05 pm Reply with quote
Now for a dumb question.

I know that RPG stands for Roll Playing Game, but what does MMO stand for, and is this something that should be in the lexicon.
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Emerje



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:20 am Reply with quote
MMORPG = Massive (or Massively) Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

And no, it shouldn't be in the lexicon since this isn't a video game site.

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Onizuka666



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:15 pm Reply with quote
Yeah I'd expect them to remodel everything for a console release, but I reckon it would be worth the wait.

This is the first I've heard about RO2 in here, so I'll look forward to that. We still haven't had a retail release of RO this side of the pond, it would be very welcome though.

Whatever happened to Gravity's Shining Lore? Anyone know.
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littlegreenwolf



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:58 pm Reply with quote
Onizuka666 wrote:
You say that they have server problems etc, but the only way to solve these real problems of popularity would be to have a worldwide Ragnorok official release. This way things can be sorted out and all server problems fixed per territory. More popularity means more servers needed.


Server problems? I never mentioned server problems. *course the fact that they DID only have two servers which resulted in major lag sucked extremly bad* I know aparently Ragnarok Online has great people behind pretty much every other regional release team, but iRO is a giant joke. They are usually over 5 months behind any updates any other other regions get, their tech support sucks, their security sucks *backrolls 5 times in one week because some stupid hackers taking over someone's account should NOT mean I need to waste over 48 hours of my time*, and well, iRO just sucks on general.

Ragnarok online is a cute game, and that's about it. It's entertaining if you have friends to party with, but other than that it sucks game wise. It has absolutely no story. All you do in the game is level up and kill one cute monster after another. It goes against the point most game designers strive for. Everything in the game is pretty much pointless. It was like a giant tamagachi you shared with your friend's tamagachi's. When I was faced with the choice of playing FFXI or iRO, the choice was simple. I prefer quality.
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cyrax777



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 8:56 pm Reply with quote
littlegreenwolf wrote:
. It has absolutely no story. All you do in the game is level up and kill one cute monster after another. .


Thats pretty much every MMORPG out there.
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ultrabot



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:15 pm Reply with quote
Onizuka666 wrote:

Whatever happened to Gravity's Shining Lore? Anyone know.


Google & Gamefaqs say that NCSoft was behind that (makers of Lineage & City of Heroes), but it seems its an abandonned project.
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littlegreenwolf



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:41 pm Reply with quote
cyrax777 wrote:
littlegreenwolf wrote:
. It has absolutely no story. All you do in the game is level up and kill one cute monster after another. .


Thats pretty much every MMORPG out there.


Call me spoiled by FFXI then. THAT had a story, if you chose to follow the story.
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