Hailing frequencies open, preparing rant

January 31st, 2010 by Dave

Hey there, it’s Dave here, posting from inside Star Trek Online head start. Or rather, *trying* to post from inside Star Trek Online head start. You see, it seems that when tried to log in, I got a ‘server is full’ message and was placed in a queue to log into the game.

Let me say that again: I was put on hold while trying to log into a game that I have invested a not-inconsiderable amount of my finances into…2 days before the official release.

This is really not a good sign. Now more than likely, 90% of the people that were going to play this game already pre-ordered it, and there’s a lot of Star Trek fans world-wide that have been waiting for this. However, I don’t think the player base is going to be nearly the size of WoW (11 million +), and I’ve never had an issue logging into a WoW server whose status is ‘Full’.

Another little matter that I discovered Friday morning: all throughout Beta-testing, we were limited to only 2 character slots. I figured that this was only for the durration of the beta test so as not to overload the game. But lo and behold, I log in on Friday morning when the servers go live and for real for the head start…and I’m still only limited 2 character slots.

Seriously, what the Hell are they smoking over at Cryptic? They already have a char-gen issue by forcing players that only want to play Klingons to grind to level 6 before making a Klingon character; now they’re forcing those players to devote 50% of their character slots to a Federation character that they’ll NEVER PLAY AGAIN?

Of course, if you get the lifetime subscription of the locked in 1-year subscription (a program which ends the day before the official release date), you get a whopping *2* extra character slots. Fascinating.

Come on, Cryptic. Get your act together here. I’ve been defending you for a while now. Don’t let this turn into the ‘Kamp Krusty’ episode of ‘The Simpsons’ with me and quite a few others, curled up, rocking back and forth, and chanting ‘The fixes are coming…the fixes are coming…the fixes are coming…’

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Death Comes To Comicstown

January 27th, 2010 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So today Steve Jobs got on stage and read the obituary of print comics. A light, portable, color device with a big, bright OLED screen, a fantastic, easy-to-use interface, and universal connectivity to a huge, slick online store at an affordable price point – this addresses every single problem that was holding back e-comics. Marvel may be cautious, but so are all old media companies when faced with the future. Some purists will turn up their noses, but some music purists still haven’t given up vinyl records either. There’s no accounting for prickly purist cranks, but they don’t dominate the market.

Trees everywhere can rejoice – the dead tree model is, well, dead.

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Episode 30 Show Notes

January 26th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 30: The Producers Demand Segments!

Starters:

Geek News:

5-Minute Review:

  • Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town – Two thumbs up!


Stuff You Should Know About:


RTD-Era Doctor Who Retrospective:

  • PixyGina and Browncoat Lisa look back


Pick Of The Week:


Geek Confessional:

  • Our guilty pleasures
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Episode #30: The Producers Demand Segments!

January 26th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep30.mp3[/podcast]

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Episode 29 Show Notes

January 20th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 29: We’re With Coco!

Starters:

  • We invite Conan on the show

Geek News:

Stuff You Should Know About

  • How to rebel against NBC!

Series: Ideas For Hollywood

  • Our Top Ten Comics/Manga That Should Be Developed
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Episode #29: We’re With CoCo!

January 19th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep29.mp3[/podcast]

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Episode 28 Show Notes

January 14th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 28: All News, All The Time

Starters:

Geek News

Game Corner

  • Dave’s Star Trek Online Review
  • Some good, cheap games for PSP
  1. Patapon/Patapon 2
  2. Parappa the Rapper
  3. Final Fantasy Crisis Core
  4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  5. GTA: Chinatown Wars
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Episode #28: All News, All the Time

January 12th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep28.mp3[/podcast]

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Episode 27 Show Notes

January 6th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 27: Thriller, Man… Thriller.

Starters

  • Kyle’s time travel trip
  • What We Got/Gave For The Holidays
  • We announce our Star Trek debate with SciFi Surplus

Geek News

Movie Reviews

  • Avatar
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • RiffTrax Live Christmas
  • A Serious Man

Stuff You Should Know About

Comics Corner

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Episode #27: Thriller, Man… Thriller…

January 5th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep27.mp3[/podcast]

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