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October 13, 2019

Blizzard Bows Before Their Chinese Masters

Filed under: Uncategorized — Equinsu Ocha @ 10:56

I was saddened to see that Blizard, makers of World of Warcraft, have chosen to censure a player for expressing his beliefs regards Hong Kong and China’s oppressive attempts at control.

Their actions go against the core beliefs of Americans and as such I have taken the action of requesting that they delete my account. I’ve had this account for over 10+ years but as American’s it’s important that we make a stand against American companies that chose the interest of a communist country over their own.

Update: I posted my dissatisfaction on the Wow Reddit and it was immediately removed. I guess freedom of speech doesn’t work with Reddit either.

October 2, 2019

Archeage Unchained – Disaster in the Making

Filed under: Gaming — Equinsu Ocha @ 10:16

Actual wait 9-10 hours!

The uncontested king of Pay-to-Win (P2W) games, Archeage has recently been on a downward spiral of epic proportions.  It was a game that centered around PvP in which the amount of money you spent directly correlated to your PvP performance.  There were several people who openly bragged about spending thousands of dollars a month, yes a month, to maintain their positions of perceived superiority.

Archeage is a Korean game developed by a company called XLXL sold the rights to publish the game to a company called Trion.  Although Trion owned the rights to publish the game in the US, XL still maintained overall control over the game, updates, direction, etc.  Trion is and was simply a joke and turned Archeage into a cash grab.  Plain and simple.

Don’t get me wrong, there were aspects of Archeage that were insanely fun.  To this day there hasn’t been a game that combined all of the elements that Archeage brought to the MMO world.  I played it for a few years with family and friends, but the pay-to-win and mismanagement were finally to much to deal with and we all left.

Fast forward to today and a new publisher, Gamigo Group, is attempting to reintroduce the game with the pay-to-win aspects removed (so they say) under the title Archeage Unchained.  The official go live was supposed to be Sep. 30th but that got moved back to Oct. 15th.  They are currently in the 2nd day of open PTS and so far….well it’s as you would expect, a disaster.

Let’s start with the obvious, if you are 2 days past your original go-live date and are doing PTS, then the issues arising should be the very obscure kind, like someone finding an exploit by jumping up and down 500 times to get the ability to fly.  (yes that happens)  This is something one would expect.  What you wouldn’t expect is to have a company launch a PTS session with no directions on how to access the PTS and no dedicated button on the launcher.  Instead if you want to participate you have to load the old Archeage’s (shudder) PTS and then select PTS 2.  No not Archeage Unchained PTS, instead you connect to a nondescript PTS 2.  If that comes off as strange and not well thought out then you aren’t alone.  Now the fun part, the queues the first day were insane.  I personally tried for hours to get in and after trying all day, went to bed disappointed.  They promised they would open the test server up to more people today, but this morning when you try to connect, you simply drop to desktop.  This is happening to many, many folks.  Some are getting to the queues, which are reportedly just as long as yesterday, but most just drop to desktop.  The explanation being floated around is that if you fail to connect, then it drops the connection.  This begs the question, how can a company to is going to roll out a game in less than two weeks, not have capacity to at least queue up players?  The simple answer is that the original developer brought a half baked game to the US via an competent publisher, Trion and now the legacy of ineptness is being continued by another substandard company, Gamigo Group.  If this sorry excuse for a game does actually launch on Oct. 15th then I’ll be shocked.  If they do however push the floating turd barge forward, then you can expect weeks and even months of the same, server down for emergency maintenance that plagued the original boondoggle.

September 13, 2018

Secure My Life

Filed under: Cellular,Privacy,Security — Equinsu Ocha @ 10:43

Recently it has become apparent that Google, Facebook and other mega-media providers are not only data mining our lives but they are using that data to influence our lives, politics, etc.  For me this is a situation that is unacceptable.  What can we do?  Well today I took a few steps to wean myself from the clutches of Google specifically.

This article will be a work in progress and I’ll update it as I make my life changes.

  1. I went onto eBay and bought myself a BlackBerry Q10 (Verizon Model).  It may not be the fastest or have all of the bells and whistles that my Galaxy Note 8 has, but it won’t be running Android and it will be secure.
  2. I downloaded Firefox browser.  Firefox (Mozilla) is a browser I used to use, but then Google sucked me into the abyss that is Android.  Surprisingly enough, Firefox is awesome and it has some really nice, out of the box security features.  For instance by clicking on the menu button (top right) I was able to set my browser to stop tracking.  They even have a Private Browser feature that completely eliminates any sort of data collection from sites you visit.  The other thing that I did with my Firefox was change my search engine from Google to BING (Because it’s not Google).
    *** Firefox and BING update ***  Well that didn’t go very well.  Firefox won’t properly display several sites I go to and BING is horrible at search results.  Very sad day.

Again I’ll continue to update this article as I make changes.

September 28, 2016

FRAUD Alert!! Fraudulently Charges Your Credit Card

Filed under: Cellular,Gadget,Internet,Network,New Tech,PC,Software,Tablet,TV — Equinsu Ocha @ 15:26

Computer keyboard keys with warning sign with words Scam Alert Scam Alert is a SCAM!!!

I recently went to a website to watch a video on the sinking of the Titanic. About 10 minutes in the video was halted and I was redirected to the website. At which point I was told I would have to put in my credit card information to verify my identity to continue watching the video. In big bold letters the site said “Your credit card will NOT be charged!” It said this in not less than 3 locations. I had a bad feeling but wanted to finish the video. Instead of putting in my bank card though, I instead supplied my PayPal card information. To make matters worse even after doing this I was unable to finish watching the video.

Sure enough about 4 days later a fraudulent charge appeared on my PayPal debit card. I went to PayPal to dispute the charge and got through quickly to a person who said they can’t help me because this was a debit card transaction.  I was transferred (long hold time) to a debit specialist to handle it.  PayPal is great and is going to issue a refund and open an investigation.  Honestly it’s not about the money and instead I hope they cancel this company access to unsuspecting PayPal users.

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