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Barack: Four More Years

We just went through the 2012 US Election, since I haven’t been in America since I was 12 years old, I never really had anything to say about it. It was really cool when Barack Obama becomes president in 2008. I was happy about it, I mean yeah 2008 first mixed race president. (Yes I say he’s mixed race) I was 19 and I remember headlines of the Metro newspaper saying ‘ America Just Became Cool Again’. However, part of me didn’t want Barack Obama to be president, for the reason I would never run for any political power. Not because I’m afraid to stand up for what I believe in, I have big mouth when I’m ready to speak my mind, I speak it. I just think that everyone is willing him to fail. I mean not wanting to pay more for health insurance and not wanting to pay more taxes to give everyone a good chance, yeah that is bullcrap. You either get one or the other, stop whining about it.

Personally Four years Ago, I was right, everyone put way too much faith into Barack, and yes I know they vote for someone because they know he can do the job. Yes i do think he can do the job, and yes I do think he’s doing a lot better than Bush did when he was president. That being said, You have to think of the facts, he is being fought against, by the people who doesn’t want him to be president, and other political parties. He is trying to make everyone happy and at the same time, try to run a country.

So a bit of advice, Barack, don’t give a crap what they say, do what you think is best for the country, you are fricking president of the United States of America, fight for the people who voted for you because well…they have faith in you you’re here for another four more years. Expect that the Republicans are going to fight you ever step of the way and remember, if they come into power, we are all screwed. Yes I mean we, even though I’m in the UK we have a Tory party which is the British version of the Republican party, the last thing we need is another one of those in both super powers. If that happens, I am going to start praying that China hurry up and takes over.

InWorldz Relay For Life: History Made.

Today marks the day that Relay For Life entered another world. For the last 7 years Relay For Life has been a part of Second Life. Today it as stepped into another world, the virtual world of InWorldz. Today History was made. More in the link.

InWorldz Relay For Life: History Made..

Relay For Life InWorldz Highlights: Why I Relay?

We have been working closely with Relay For Life, and promoting the battle against cancer.

Relay For Life InWorldz Highlights: Why I Relay?.

10 Things We Really Find Annoying About Aion Free to Play

Lately my fiance and I have really gotten into the MMORPG scene. It started with the Free to Play EverQuest, continued with Free to Play Star Trek Online and now we have stumbled into the weird world of Aion. We like the game, we play it every weekend and have started playing during the weekdays,  but there are some things that we find very annoying about. Ever Quest and Star Trek Online do have their own little annoyance but they were so little that we never really noticed. Aion is completely different. So here are 10 things we have argeed that annoy the crap out of us about this game. In descending order: 

10. Spammers in Aion Local Chat 

While EverQuest had little to no spamming in their Local Chat or Zone Chat, and Star Trek hadvery weird topics being discussed in their Zone /Instance Chat. Aion has spammers, this really annoys the crap out my fiance because they just clog up the chat meaning you can never ever see what any one else types or your combat information. Yes there is a combat tab that you can change to, and there are bubbles that appear over a player’s head when he (or she) types something to you, but if he (or she) says something important like trying to explain or help you with a quest and you weren’t paying attention the spam will eat it and then you are a screwed. 

9. The Glitches including Battle Glitches

There Glitches that are annoying  because they happen every time. They are the physical glitches like if you’re flying around and your wings sudden disappear or if you’re riding the lift in Sanctum and you get stuck trying to get off. This mounts up to annoyances that means you can’t do anything, and you die or you have to log off the game and log in again to fix it. 

8. The Targeting and The Annoying Voice

My annoyance comes from the Glitches in this game, particularly the battle glitches. My fiance (Let’s call him Morphman because calling him my fiance is getting a little bit dull now) and I always play together in group and we always go after the same target, normally when you are playing in group and a target dies you automatically move on to the next closes target. Aion doesn’t do this, no…it has a voice tell you every time your target is dead, when you can’t attack a target and basically everything! . This is an annoying glitch that just annoys the crap out of me. Okay it’s not glitches but it is stupid! It means that they intentionally put this in the game and it annoying because this voice tells you everything! “You can’t attack that.”, “Your Target has dissapeared”, “Your target no longer exists.” Everything time! It just pisses me off! SO DAMN MUCH!

7. The plot holes or just the holes in Aion’s story

Once you finish the starting area, you have given the ability to fly and you think, ‘Yay I have wings, I can fly.’ Then you fall out of the sky, realising when you’ve died that there is a timer, O-o-okay.. You’re flying again going to next destination to hand in a quest, happy as ever, a little confused about the timer, but you shrug it off because you’re happy you have wings and BAM! force field! What the hell? So you land and walk through, no force field? Huh? Thinking its a glitch you try to fly, wait…what? Wait a second…you walk back out  to where you came from and you try to fly again. Hmm Yes, I can fly here. Like a fly on the window and you try to fly to your next destination and is hit against a Forcefield once again. So…wait a second? You can’t use your wings or fly in some places? You double jump and your wings come out. So you can use your wings to glide but you can’t fly? Why??? Its never explained. You just can’t use your wings in some parts of the map. I would assume that it was because you were going into enemy territory and they used a spell or something to stop the angels from flying around but it is literally never explained. You can’t even use your wings in Sanctum and that is meant to be the place where all “angels” or Deava’s live. 

6. Trading is a no-no

I get it, We’re in Free to Play, so naturally we will be restricted in some of the things we do because we aren’t paying for the game, but to restrict trading?! The most basic ability of all MMORPGs? Even 4Story, another GameForge MMORPG, had trading! The amount of times we’ve had things that the other could use but we couldn’t because Trading was restricted! That is just so annoying! 

5. Essence-tapping and Enchantment restrictions

These really bugged the hell out of Morphman and I mostly because each of us find each one annoying. For him it was the Enchantment Restriction,  this was before he knew that there was a restriction on it, he saved up all of the equipment that he collected and bought the extraction tools only to find that out that he couldn’t do it because you could only extract enchantments 5 times a day! Not only did it clutter up his inventory and he had no place to store them, which meant he couldn’t loot any enemy mobs. He wasted money trying to get these enchantment to add to his own weapons. For me it’s Essencetapping, this is annoying for one reason, some quests ask you to gather plants, objects, ores and you have to be a certain level to gather them. Say you’re doing a quest to gather plants for an NPC and you’re at level 50 and the item is at level 65, you have to gather a lot of essence to get to that point. You’ve gathered enough to get to level 65 and you’re finally ready to go hunting for this plant. you begin to gather them and you get to number 4 out of 5 when the message, ” You have used up your essence tapping of 150 for the day, to continue please get the Gold Pack”  pops up on your screen. What! There is a restriction on the tapping?! What’s the point doing that when you’ve made quests revolving around it?! You seriously have to wait for the next day to finish the quest you could have finished that day because of the restriction! 

4. The completely random success/fail system! Written by Morphman himself.

Sure, the better you are at something, the less likely you are to fail, but even at higher levels of gathering, you can still fail to pick a single lvl 1 flower.
This is not only completely void of any RL-to-game relations, but it makes no sense what so ever. You have no power over if you are able to pick the flower, or hammer the nail, or put that gem on a ring and you always have the random chance of failing, and losing all materials in the process.

3. The Looooooooooooooooooooooooong Tedious Quests 

Do you remember those old RPGs that would send you on a quest  and to complete one quest another quest will send you some place and to complete that new quest you would have to go to someplace else and to complete THAT new question you were sent to some place else? MMORPGs don’t really do that any more, its just one person sending you to go do something and you come back and they will send you to do something else. Aion’s are loooooong too long and very tedious, especially when there are people around doing the same quest and also its poor  poor drop rate. A 3 minute quest is ruined by having to wait for mobs to spawn or killing loads of mobs to get one quest item. I’m a huge Fan of EverQuest and Morphman is huge fan of Star Trek online and never have we once had to google a walk through to get through a quest on those games. Not even on 4Story, a game we played for only 2 weeks had much long and out drawn quests. 

2. OH MY GOD THE DROP RATE ON THIS GAME IS AWFUL! 

This is the annoying of the annoying of the annoying of the annoying, the drop rate of Aion is just awful. Some items are 1 in 5 others, particularly quest items, are 1 in 150 and what makes things worse is that half the time they are main quest items so you HAVE to stick to it to even get on to the next campaign! A quest that had us really pissed off was called ‘ Familiar Foods’, this wasn’t a main quest but it was the quest that annoyed the hell out of us. We only needed three Krull rations, JUST THREE, and it took Morphman a week to find all three and me to find two. We killed over 200-300 mobs and didn’t find anything. I dropped the quest after that. Another quests are just found on the ground as loot and it sucks when one of us gets this quest and the other doesn’t. I looted a mob that had a Lost Axe Quest, it took Morphman an hour to find a mob that was carrying the quest. I also found another for a Dead Soldier Quest (That’s not the name of it I can’t remember, it was a quest that revolved around a dead soldier) Morphman never found it even after killing 20-30 mobs that were said (once again we looked at google) to drop the Quest start item. 

1. The People! 

Out of everything, the restrictions, the long quests, the glitches, the bad drop rate, and the plot holes, we actually like this game, and continue to play it. We have found a way to get around all those things, like leaving loot that one of us might find useful in a mob so the other could loot it (getting around the trading), the one thing we couldn’t get around is…the People. The people  in Aion, are the Most, annoying, selfish, rude ignorant little shits we have ever come across. You can always tell a serious Aion player a part from an annoying little toe rags that run around. When they aren’t sending you requests to join their guild or group over and over and over again. (Yeah we’ve come up against that in EverQuest but after you decline their first offer they get the hint and stopped), they are asking you to duel  and once you reject them the first time, they send it over and over and over again. Quests that would take just 5 minutes in Aion like lure quests ( when you have to lure an Mob towards an NPC to get a cut scene) is made so much harder and longer by some annoying little fucktard who is upset that you got to the mob first so they decide to kill it and  you have to wait for another 10 minutes for the mob to respawn so you can try again. If you start the game as a warrior or a scout or something that means you have to be close to a mob to start to kill it, you are fucked before some annoying little prick decided to be a Mage or a Priest and do ranged attacks and will tag the mob before you get there. This doesn’t stop when you get a ranged weapon either because if they do more damage than you, they will get the loot it doesn’t matter if you shoot first. I have even experienced racism in this game where someone asked Morphman if I was his slave. Though all of this, Aion decides to make Group Quests, quests that can’t be passed if you are on your own and you’ll need to be in a group to complete it, it forces us to play with each other, forces us to play nice with each other. Nice try Aion, but NO WAY! 

Overall we like Aion, we keep playing it because we can get over the bullcrap that’s there, a part fucking people I only play because I’m playing with Morphman, eventually we’ll get bored and move on, we always do. 

Black girl in sweden

I spent an amazing week in sweden. Although I was sick for most of it, I did enjoy learning about  culture and the lore of the country. One we stumbled upon this when I was visiting my fiance’s family. She told us about the easter lore of scarlet thursday and blue hill. According to legend witches would take flight on her broomstick traveling to blue hill and there they would dance with the devil. After which they would wreak havoc on the town below. To prevent this every family would light candles in put them in the window they would also make bonfires outside. Upon the many things I encountered in sweden this was the most interesting. Not concentrating on rabbits and bunnies like england or america, sweden chooses to concentrate on chickens for Easter. It is a lot different from my family tradition of bun and cheese and fish for easter dinner. I never understood why jamaicans had bun and cheese for easter, but is still a part of our family tradition and will become a part of my family in the future. Sweden is also a very ethnically diverse place, it is said that sweden has a very strict opinion on immigration but from what I thought it was very relaxed and everyone was treated equally but like others I thought the majority of european countries were racist. Glad to know that that isn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong I know that there can be the exception, those  assholes who think being patriotic is the same as being racist. Granted I was sick in bed for most of the week so I didn’t go around a lot. But I did insight into the world when my boyfriend’s friend came to visit, he was finish and very patriotic but not in the least bit racist he didn’t hate anyone of any ethnic minority. It just makes you think that we’re living in a society of over sensitive people, it is not wrong to want to keep your land yours it is wrong to people on the basis of the physical appearance or what they believe it. Patriotism being proud of where you come from understanding others might not have the same freedom that you do. Racism means hating someone of the different ethnic background. Unfortunately it has been in the same boat as racism so many times that it has lost its meaning independently. All because of some ignorant asshole who can’t  get over the fact that there are different people in the world. Sweden is proud to be placed in 1 of my favorites places to go in the world. It is the place that is giving me my future husband and a great addition to my growing family. It is a place of equality a country that is hoping to make this world a better place and I had a great week. Take some time to read up on sweden you might find that you wanna visit someday no matter what ethnicity you are.

This is kennie m reporting from kennie’s mind

Note I did this report from my mobile phone. So typos may appear.

The INTERNET WINS! & A Letter to Congress

Today it was announced that SOPA ( the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA ( the Protect IP Act) would been officially shelved after the whole world protests against the bills. They have finally noticed that SOPA and PIPA wouldn’t just affect the USA but the whole world as well.

To the Members of Congress in the United States I write this blog entry with highest of all criticisms:

For years we, the children of Generation Y (1980- 1989) and the iGeneration ( 1990- present) have been told that we have done nothing to contribute to the Human Race. The internet is our contribution, through it we have discovered creativity, education, social interactions and fame. This is our legacy, we have made it our own. It was unfair of you to try to take that from us.  Like everything else in the world, the internet has it problems, of course it does, anything man-made has problems, but to try to impose two laws that would quiet our work for ever is now and will always be  uncalled for.

Yes, copyright infringement  is an issue that needs to looked at, but opening the internet up to censorship is not the way to go about it. Do not punish those who are not a part of it along with those who are. Instead of looking at the harm the internet has done, look at what we all have achieved because on it, the many jobs that have created through New Media. We are part of history now, we are the future. We are Gen Y and iGen and we are here to stay.

This post was written as I feel right now, betrayed and angry towards the country I had loved for so long. It is a scary thought that this isn’t the end of SOPA and PIPA, and that there will be another attempt to silence the next generation that comes along.

Keep SOPA and PIPA on the shelves and do you best to combat internet piracy.

KennieM

Watch this space…

SOPA & PIPA: Helping to Stop Piracy or Just Trying to Censor the Internet?

Today is January 18th 2012, and the internet has gone dark. All over the world-wide web, popular websites have blocked out their content in protest. The reason? Right now there are two pieces of legislation would  potentially hurt and halt the internet as we know it. They are called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). Many internet companies say that there is something fishy about these acts, and it might be about censoring the internet. While other media companies such as Time Warner says that these bills are necessary to protect their content.

It seems that there are two sides to this story. My two cents about this issue is that, well…I understand where media companies come from, there are problems with piracy that do needs to be addressed. I also believe that SOPA and PIPA is an excuse for the American Government and others to try to take the piss and censor the internet. I am currently watching CNN news, whose parent company Time Warner is actually backing these bills. I have always been a form believer in Freedom of Speech, I believe  it exists and everyone has a right to say what ever they want. It is their opinion, you can not censor that. I also believe that if they try to censor the internet, the US Congress is breach of the US constitution which states,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If they are willing to breach this amendment, why not do the same with the Second Amendment, which states that all have a right to bear arms. It would really help with all of the gun-related crimes that are happening all over the country.

Yes Stop Piracy, companies do have a right to protect their content, but do not Censor the internet, there will be retaliation if it happens. This is just a stepping stone to creating an Anarchistic society. especially if the US congress is doing this for profit. Yes once again the topic of money has flown across my mind. Isn’t that what it all comes down to? Dollars and Cents? I am going to stop there before I fly into a whole ‘why money is destroying us’ rant. Its true, I know it, you know it and yet we ignore it because we need it to live and survive.

Back to these Acts, Once again I say Yes, piracy is bad, but don’t take the mick ( or to Americans don’t try to take advantage) and censor the internet. We have tried so hard and worked so long to get this far technology wise, and it seems that every time we take two steps forward, someone has to make a big deal about it and want us to take three steps back. New Media has created jobs for many people, getting rid of that will put people out of work ( after all we are in a recession and there are enough unemployed people around to last a life time. We don’t need any more).

To find out more about SOPA & PIPA Just google SOPA or PIPA and follow the # tag #SOPA on twitter to follow the topic in real-time.