Picture of the Day

nosteamthatwasthelengthoftheinsall

No, Steam, that was the length of the install time.

I haven’t actually played it yet.

P.S. As you may be able to tell, I’m going on an MMO / side game hopping vacation week!

Gotta get it all done before the Festival of the Four Winds in GW2, where the Bazaar and Crown Pavilion make their return! Like nearly everyone else, I’m wondering just how many things will be repeated from the last go around, and how many things will be improved or new.

I’ve got my eye on sampling Neverwinter and Path of Exile (as recommended in Missy’s “Over MMOs?” comments section.)

Path of Exile nearly didn’t make the cut due to some weird form of region-locking going on with Steam – I can’t see it on the Store page because I’m based in Singapore, and apparently Garena has gone “nom nom” over Malaysian and Singapore PoE players.

On the bright side, Gear Grind Games took pains to assure on the very front page on their website that this was NOT A RESTRICTION if you actually wanted to like, play with people beyond your tiny region of the world, and that you could download the standalone client from their website to do so.

So I’ll be trying that after a few days of Neverwinter.

And it does sound nice in theory to have the option of switching to a Singapore server for the latency I ALMOST NEVER GET TO ENJOY when I want to, too.

But enforced region-locking sucks. It’s like not being confident enough in your value-added services and wanting to force a group of players to play here only.

Options are the way to go.

If I’m soloing, why not use a Singapore server?

If I want to play with friends that aren’t based in this region, I’d like to be able to too, and will willingly brave the 200-300ms lag monster to do it.

Back in a few days to report if and just how well that works in practice.

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2 thoughts on “Picture of the Day

  1. seth says:

    Now’s a good time to try Path of Exile, they’re currently running a two week charity event with prizes for leveling (I think). I’ve been meaning to jump back into it, but that massive skill tree’s a little daunting.

  2. […] Bio Break did this about a year ago, and while I was compiling my list of games to try, I noticed Why I Game started a “game hopping vacation” as well. (I know I’ve seen this a few other […]

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