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Current Residence: Central Queensland, in a country slowly regaining some of its lost sanity. Slowly. Favourite genre of music: Hard to say, really... but I tend to favour the orchestrated, non-lyric variety. Favourite style of art: A blend between Sci-Fi and Fantasy, mostly. I'm also a fan of watercolour work. Personal Thought: Creating something only becomes pointless when you no longer learn or feel anything for it.
Favorite visual artistGod. His works are beyond human talent and if you can't see them that's your choice.Favorite moviesSeven Samurai, The Fifth Element, Dark City, Trading Places, Groundhog Day, The Goonies, Up!Favorite bands / musical artistsKokia, Bear McCreary, Yoko Kanno, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jeremy Soule, Billy Joel, etc!Favorite gamesSkies of Arcadia. Without a doubt the most inspirational game I've ever played.Favorite gaming platformSadly, the most underrated gaming platform of all time: The Sega Dreamcast.Tools of the TradeCS4, an Intuos4 6x9 Medium tablet, and a nice comp with the occassional mood swings...
Hey guys, apologies for not uploading much on the creative front these last few months. Usually August is the most fruitful time of the year for me but I just haven't had the heart nor health for it. Long story short my nerves are shot and I've been trying to rest up when I can. I hope it's nothing more serious than the anxiety attacks I get when I least expect them, but we'll see. For now I guess I just have to take things easy and hope I recover naturally, but if things get any worse... well, let's not talk about that.
Alright, so what's with the title? You know games, right? They can be fun, but sometimes a great concept can be ruined by ideas that might seem pretty good on paper but in reality they can run the risk of losing not just a few members of their playerbase. Without going into details, it's better to just remember the old saying: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Yet for some reason we get developers who think they're trying to improve their games by not taking any heed to that wisdom. Worse, some developers just outright have moments that could cause a rip in the space time continuum if you gave their irate fans a chance to vent their concerns with a megaphone and the lungs of super saiyans. Sometimes this can be something minor like a change in the game's UI, to removing content to make something more streamlined. On their own they might not seem like an issue, but when you start to see a pattern where said developers continue to push for things where style is more important than functionality, things start to get frustrating for folks who once would have shouted praises to them from their rooftops.
Games are meant to be fun, right? Yet why do I feel like some games I used to love have become a chore to keep playing?
Digital Extremes. For all the good things I can say about them, I must admit I'm having a hard time trying to recommend Warframe to anymore of my friends. Sure, the game still has moments of sheer awesomeness mixed with new content, but you can't just turn a blind eye to stuff that seems to have been designed to only frustrate its playerbase rather than earn their praises. Yes, Warframe has had plenty of bells and whistles attached to it over the last few months that have given it so much more immersion and a sense of quality you'd see from AAA products, yet that extra style means nothing if you damage the integrity of your game in the process? (That and making changes so alien to your playerbase that it just begs confusion.)
I think deep down I normally would be fine with what I'm seeing despite my points here, but my frustrations draw from a well filled with the feedback I get from friends who are far less forgiving than I. Worse, their concerns are quite valid. I hate seeing my friends unhappy, too, so their unhappiness makes me unhappy and you can probably see where I'm going with this. Don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of love for Warframe, but nowadays I only log in when there's limited time content involved. Otherwise I really have no reason to play and for now I doubt I'll be spending anymore money on it.
Sure, Warframe isn't the only game I feel this way towards, but after the latest major update it received...
lol, but enough of that. I'll let you in on what I am having lots of fun with instead!