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I've avoided this subject for some time but I feel it needs to be addressed. Project nebula has stated that it will be age restricted to 17 plus.
This is an issue. A majority of the demographic of Playstation home was young teens. I will admit right now that I'm under that mark but it won't stop anything.
All this does is complicate the system. It would be understandable if we heard any mention of sexual or violent content but even when asked they say they're will be none.
Another question, if EA can't age restrict their content, what makes Kovok think they can? As far as I know the ps4's specs make that impossible (I could be utterly wrong.)
It's understandable under different circumstances but here its just.....for lack of a better term and channeling my inner punk rocker here....#$!@ing stupid!
Clothes. The bane of every homie's existence when they first entered the world. Even if you spent literal hours tweaking and editing every molecule on your character's body and face, if you had the basic gear, you were a lower being than those who purchased clothes.
I don't know when, but somewhere along the way, this created a status system similar to what's in place in modern america.
You had the high class players. I knew people who spent thousands on items just to have them. These guys usually spent a lot on home. They're the types that owned the entire mansion and seven or eight different furniture sets. This "lifestyle" also resulted in this elitist mindset I encountered many times.
Middle class. I fell into this category. If there's a little left in the bank after the fact and nothing takes priority, they'll grab about twenty dollars and buy assorted gear. They'll have a set or two of furniture, and a few places. Opinions on the lower class varied. I knew people who welcomed and even enjoyed new players ( I've seen quite a few gray sweaters get lucky with middle class players). Personally, I had to have a reason to meet you, and this applied to everyone.
Last and least, the lower class. Free everything. We've all been here. Some worse than others. I have to admit these guys kinda forced alot of it on themselves. I don't know how many I saw harass girls and try to muscle other players for giggles ( I'm talking before the rise of the modern gang style I detailed in "fams") .
We have to figure out a few things before we get into how and why this should be fixed in future virtual realities.
What made quality for clothing? Well its pretty easy on low class, if you wore nothing but freebies, your generally considered so.
But what makes up the line between high class and middle? What makes it so that virtual reality has it's very own 2%? Well it seemed to have come down to this; quality, developer and style.
One of the reasons skinny jeans were so popular for so long towards the end was because they looked real. Nobody was really getting jeans right. But once someone did the sales were off! Alot refused to wear skinnies, and this contributed to many staying in the middle.
You know how people generally like Jordans over nikes? There were similar trends on home. Lockwood was better than doublesix, and so on. I've even heard a few people base insults off this.
And now, my personal downfall; style. Let me say this without a doubt if I could rewind six years, I would be listening to the black keys and not Marilyn manson. (No disrespect) they're were plenty of goths but they were always considered in the middle. Same with alot of other groups. There's nothing wrong with these groups, it's just a very somber reality. It also didn't help that I personally never got my style down. Wasted alot of money due to this. This is a personal fault however.
So how can this be fixed? The answers simple. Don't be stingy with decent clothes at start. I shouldn't have to pay twenty dollars just to get one outfit because you made me look lame. That isn't right. Even better, take a page from advanced warfare and allow us to receive drops with random items and the ability to buy from a standard store. But for all that is holy give us decent starter clothes and we just might be able to have 100% instead of 2%
So I got bored and started looking at the views of my blogs to see whether I was just talking to air or people were actually reading. It was all small numbers, 15,16,21,18 etc. Then it hit one of my personal blogs, I believe it was the one about poems, and holy hell 100! One hundred people are actually interested in what I have to say? Wow. That's kind of amazing.
Now that home is gone, and a majority of us are just waiting around until November, we've all sort of split into different communities. So what's mine? I came to the decision that I would join the elder scrolls community. While I'm not really active on the wiki, I plan on pre ordering the elder scrolls online imperial edition ($100!) and becoming an avid player. So if you ever wanna meet on the there or the wiki my wiki name is - of course - crimsoncadavre. I'm afraid you'll have to earn my trust before you get my psn.
So I got to thinking; what made home so special? For all purposes home was an mmo, and games like world of war craft and star wars the old Republic have done much more for social interaction and certainly more for game play than home ever did. So what was it that drew us in and kept us there so profoundly?
I think it was a few reasons. For me personally it was the fact that it was like a fake real life. When the real world brought me down I could escape to this world and feel encouragement, and socialize with those who had similar experiences. Of course there were other reasons for other people.
The main two reasons we all stayed other than the formentioned, would have to be the fact of normalcy home gave originally. Sure seeing anime girls and flying men isn't really normal, but it was certainly easier to accept and understand than trying to learn about the pandarians or about the empire and Marka ragnos.
Lastly, I've always found it seems easier to make relationships- be it intimate or at a friendly level- on home for some reason. Possibly because the only thing to do was talk. There's nobody going around trying to get a smugglers vest and the new blaster. It was all just people talking. This needs to be remembered by the upcoming virtual worlds releasing. Atom universe looks like tron and project nebula is set on floating islands. While this is all fine ( I like tron and am excited to hear lore into the islands) there still has to be that normalcy for it to truly feel at home no pun intended. If any devs are reading this, please keep it in mind. And for god sakes no more skimpy demons or fluorescent haired people riding laser sharks and sitting on floating chairs.....please?
So let me preference this one by saying this, I've been in several fams. Hell, the legion wolf pack started as something resembling a fam.
So why would I be worried about fams if I was a member of some of these creations? It's simple, something went wrong with the idea along the way.
A brief history; fams started with clubs inspired and run in similar fashion to those found within the godfather films. These got really popular, and it was always satisfying standing along the stairs down to the bar. I started around the middle of this era. There were certain codes many followed. Simple things like look out for the people, dress and act somewhat respectful, just simple things that actually made them very valuable to the community.
This era ended when fams started to realise that alot of the demographic of home wasn't interested in this sort of tight nit thing. This then presented one problem. Without anything really stopping the more hostile people, they began harassing and fighting both other fams and random civilians. This of course pisses off the old fashions due to the classic code of #$! @ with us and get $!#@ed. It wasn't all classy. This made many go down to their level. It was around thus time that people swayed from the ideal of hey its a fam to ugh a fam. Eventually, mainly through the rise of prominent street groups, the original fam ideal had pretty much fallen. I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain the ripple effect this had as everyone felt it. As for the pack, when gta came out we abandoned the fam ideals for the ideal of were all just gamers screwing around. It was probably for the better as if we hadn't we most likely wouldn't have survived. This makes me worried for future communities. Already in the elder scrolls, there's a gang regulating the spread of vampirism to control the economy. Similar happened in home at one point. Join us or leave sometimes felt like the only options for some people. The harassment was the worst. I really think if we do find a new home we should try everything to keep this from occurring. That's all for now guys, and keep in mind this is based on personal experience. Everyone's is different. Be sure to share if you have a good one.
A few months back I attended a Q&A for project nebula and at the time wasn't impressed. It was unorganized and the few questions I had were left unanswered or just confused me more. Neotopia was also still being funded at the time, so nebula was really just an annoyance to me. After the plugged was pulled, I finally gave in and researched nebula. What I found instantly excited me.
" it has a narrative? No way. Holy hell, look at that character! Damn dude that house is sick!" And such comments ensued. Ps home with an actual origin and overlapping story? Not only that, but everything looks so nice. I was instantly sold. With my choice made its now just a waiting game. The only fear I have is that same problem that plagued the home community for years. Fams. Which leads to the final post, volume three.
Before I begin the main point to this blog, I'd like to announce a possible new schedule to this blog. Instead of cramming everything into one, I'll take it one topic at the time (if it merits it) and make several blogs per sit down instead of one hastily made to save room.
Onto the topic of this blog, as many of you may have picked up on, I'm in no way interested in atom universe.
It just seems kind of...well....bad. focusing the entire thing on a theme park? No thanks. While unfortunately atom universe is fully funded and ready, I doubt I'll play it even if it releases. I might give it a spin and have my entire mind changed, but let's face it, most of us want something that will not only build off of, but innovate homes formula. AU is doing neither from what I've seen.
Compared to all the other Virtual realities coming out, I'd just assume wait for hell fire's project or Kovok's project nebula.
Until one of those drops I'll be running ESO 24/7. Nebula will probably steal about half of that. Which brings this blog to a close and my next to an opening
I decided to put up an extra post to explain where it is I run off to after I say my piece through this fine medium I call a blog.
So why do I up and disappear? Well there's a few reasons, some purely business, some personal.
Let me get through the bit that may offend some people; there really isn't any more content I'm interested in.
I love talking with you guys, you are all amazing people. But where as this used to be comparable to Facebook, it now only has a select audience that I don't necessarily fit into.
The blog page has tons and tons of poems, I'm not entirely sure how or why this occurred, but It's not my place to judge someone's craft. However, if I come to a blog page I'm searching for blogs. That's one of the reasons I created CWM. At the time, the only blog with a reoccurring theme ( they're were blogs but they were mostly random things at random times i.e sam1knights's Excellent blog about cold remedies. ) was Dave's very own. Goalkeeper _ matt has managed to however create a blog with good sustenance and content, so kudos to him. It's just that there are many many poems and these things don't interest me.
The other problem is they're really isn't much to talk about anymore. I've had to give up on the idea of CWM being strictly about virtual reality and my musings about it, and go for a more day in the life approach I wasn't fond of. Granted this turned out fun, it's also the reason posts are so rare.
As for the business side. I'm a student. A student in the middle of major tests. And in general I just don't have very much time to balance school work, the legion wolf pack, ( that's a blast from the past huh? My weak recruitment attempts. ) and general life. I'm posting this at 6:10 in the morning, and I haven't slept and remembered I hadn't posted in a few weeks.
So there we have it. It probably pissed off alot of poets who actually have talent, but I promised to be Honest and unbiased when I created this blog, so sure I might ruffle a few jimmehs, but it's not like I'm ever around anyway *winks*.
Take care all.
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So from what I hear the closing of home was empty and anti climatic. All the dreadful anticipation lead to a simple error message. I wasn't expecting much but at least a final goodbye or something.
So what have I been up to in home's death? Well luckily I wasn't really invested in home anymore- I have friends that are just gone now, almost comatose - so I just dusted off the dust from the apocalypse and went on.
I've always thought minecraft was rediculous. Mainly due to the fact that there's always overgrown children talking about herobrine or the latest creation they didn't create.
But everyone ended up there. I heard tidbits of conversations talking about communities and RPGS
So finally I got it and joined in. As it turned out, my friends , us all being elder scrolls nerds, we're making their own game in minecraft.
I instantly joined in and played for five hours, then,we got on gta and being an insufferable ass at times when I'm bored, proceeded to blow up their stuff for two hours.
It was fun and I was thoroughly amused at their expense. Though now there's only two things on my mind; us finishing the project we've deemed "dark water" and either showcasing or outright letting people on to become bandits and thieves and merchants and the law. And the release of mortal kombat x. It's a shame the two happened at the same time, I'll be to busy tearing people in half as GORO to make communities whole.
It is with a blue hearts and somber memories that we all have to say goodbye to Playstation home at the end of this month. We've all had our memories and relationships on home, some of them lifelong. Thus making the end even more painful. We all have to say goodbye and hope someone truly rises to the task of not only improving but innovating the ideas that made home so potent. Though even if replaced it hurts my heart that home will be forgotten. I know in a lot of these blogs I try to be clever or sarcastic but I'm genuinely depressed by this fact. When the real world shut me out and I was a freak, home gave me a place I could be me. Find others like me. It was a home away from home (no pun intended.) Unfortunately, this end is something we have to accept. We all have to find new sanctuaries and hiding places. New shadows and lights. As of right now there are no reasonable alternatives to home. I suggest that we may find one with the release of project nebula, but with no release date who knows how long that could be. The other option you will find me on is the elder scrolls online, coming June 19th to consoles. Alot of people will complain that elder scrolls isn't free but think about it; was home really free? If you didn't have flashy clothes you were so made fun of you couldn't play. I'm not going to get into that. Rest in peace, my dearest friend
Crimson signing off.
I imagine I've become known for a disappearing act and I've sort of become a broken record. "Pirate radio is back on the air" then an hour later the signal is jammed, if you get what I'm saying. So here's the deal, through a series of unfortunate events I had trouble posting. First tablet failure, then a loss of motivation when I found out that our little brain child wasn't going to be born. I've made the decision however that as long as this forum has a few people active I'll keep running this blog. True the game failed but we're still here, aren't we? The written notes are gone but we're still playing, and until the music dies, I'll write this blog. There's another more formal come whatever may on its way...heh that rhymed.
Keep on playing neotopians.
Hello fellow citizens!
So a few things have happened, and in short, i have to use my ps4 to post for a bit. It isn't by choice, its just the way things have to go for now. The other problem? Im out of ideas. So i have to restructure a bit.
Let me say for a fact come whatever may is no longer strictly about neotopia. It will be somewhat personal. So lets get to the nitty-gritty of todays blog.
Recently, i was watching a ranter on you tube hate on avril lavigne. If you give me more reasons to hate someone i already hate, ill take them. Then i found this out: Chad Kroegar, lead singer for Nickelback. Co-wrote hello kitty, the atrocious slightly racist grab at relevance and staying "hip and cool" by a 30 something year old white woman.
Ok, i dont have much respect foe Kroegar to begin with, he goes from songs about deviant acts to "think of the children" in an instant. But he writes pop now? Ok im done. Goodnight everyone!
Sorry for my absence. Life has become busy. Regular blogging will return soon.
Hello fellow citizens!
So I decided out of boredom to search up second life......I can now say my mind was violated. There is so much wrong with that place. Trolls, freaks ( in the negative way ) and the general horror of the internet.
I think we can all say there's something wrong when there are literal adult films in second life ( I found all this from simply searching "Second life" on Google with safe search off. )
So I know everybody says "look at home's failings"....forget that, look at second lifes failings. At least home when you were outside looking in was just " eh, not my thing" where as second life was what the hell?
I've decided to stockpile some of it's many faults:
1: too much freedom is a bad thing, because believe me, if you give us enough people will exploit it.
2: hackers. This has been covered a million times, but so much explicit content was either hacked or modded in that everything just became disturbing.
3: trolls. Outside looking in, seeing orange midgits that look like something out if the rob zombie style hallucination scene in beavus and butthead is funny, but as I said in looking out, they had freedom and they used it.
I could go on, but I'll save it for a forum post. All I'm saying is be wary of second life similarity.