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Dreamers wanted


Where I work, I have many regular customer that come in almost every day to ship out or to pick up freight. And we talk sometimes when they have to wait on a flight to come in with their freight. Today one of my regulars came in and had to wait for almost an hour. The flight her  freight was on was running way behide. As we talked, She moved the conversation to her family. She has a son that is 15 years old, And from the way it sounded she has had a lot of people filling her head with a load of crap. She was saying that she didn’t know what she needed to do with her son. All he is, Is a dreamer, And she has it in her head that the only way to make it in this world is to be a doer.

IMO When it comes to doers and dreamers, The doers have it a lot easier. For the most part, You are told what to do, And it’s your job to do it, And you get paid for it. But to be a dreamer, Your outside the box, You’re in your on little world, Dreaming of things that no one else has. The dreamer sees the world that has not happen yet. And does not get paid till his dreams come alive. Even when a dreamer comes up with a dream that could change the world, or maybe even just one person. The dreamer has to try to convince someone that his dreams can come true.

So to me a doer has it a lot easier, But the doer has nothing to do, Untill a dreamer gives them the dream. I would like to thank all the dreamers out there, For giving us doers something to do, And for making our world a fun place to live.

A special thanks to Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann  for creating in 1947 the first video game to be played on some type of a cathode ray tube, and use some type of computer, It was a missile simulator type game that played on circular screen and looked a lot like the old radar screens used during World War II.

Also A.S.Douglas for creating in 1952 the first graphical game “OXO” a tic-tac-toe game.

And last but not at all the lest Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney for the first game released to the mass public in 1971, Pong.

Alik Steel

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September 30, 2010 Posted by | Alik Steel | Leave a comment

Advancement beyond the fun


I remember back a few years ago, How so many of us talked about how we was so fortunate to be apart of a unique business like the MMO business. Where they really listen to us, As to what we want in our games. But that was then, This is now. MMO’s have advanced to the point that for a “company” wanting to start a MMO, It will take a few million dollars just to create the basics that we are all so use to having. Granted there are smaller mmo company’s that are making it with far less money, But for a MMO to achieve the benchmark that many would call AAA(or call it top shelf MMO are even a premium MMO), It takes a long time and many people to make this happen. Back before the AAA MMO standard, It seemed like the creators had as much fun making the game as we did playing them. Not so much now, With money being the only bottom line. Yes even “back in the day” their bottom line was still money, But they seemed to have a lot more wiggle room. That flexibility seemed to help them give us more of what we wanted. Now it seems that there is nothing but dead lines and needing to make a minimal amount of money by a certain date that has hurt the industry.

To me, It seems that we are responsible for the way things are turning out. We are the ones that said we wanted this and that. We are the ones that said you must have this in your new MMO for me to play it. And for them to give us what we want, It takes large backing an that takes the wiggle room out of their hands. We have forced them to advance beyond the point that they can give us what we want now, because they are to busy giving us what we wanted back then.

Alik Steel

September 26, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | 1 Comment

Xsyon, The World 12.09.2010


I wanted to do a fast little blog about the world of Xsyon. The first thing you have to know, Is that there has been a rift to another reality and the world we play in may not be the one we was born on. For prelude we start off in an area of the United States of America, Lake Tahoe area is where it will start. Later on, We will start see other areas pop up from all over the world. How we will be able to go from one place to the other is unanswered for now. Also our playing area is controlled a lot like Fallen Earth, If you have played FE you know what I am talking about. If not, Here is how they keep you in the playing area. It’s a fog, Unlike FE you can some what see this fog in Xsyon. I only see a greenish tint. But then as I have said a few times now, My little laptop does not have the specs for this game. But any way, If you go into this green fog, You will start dyeing. For me, It’s a lot better to deal with fog than to just run up to an invisible wall.

NOTE: Xsyon is not live yet, So we still don’t have every thing in-game or turned on yet.

Xsyon has four real seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. With weather effects like Rain, Hail, Sleet, and Snow, That snow will accumulate. They say that the weather conditions will affect player actions and item durability. But if that’s in-game now, I have not seen it do too much to me. But then I have not had a toon stick around for more than a few weeks at a time.
The game has a realistic sun path with shadow casting .Also a realistic moon cycle with moonlight casting. This is cool, Because if your close to the lake. It’s a lot more bright from the moon light bouncing off the lake.  Reflective and refractive rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The night sky has an accurate star map and constellations, And the clouds is said to have a volumetric and dynamic layered cloud system. I just think it looks cool.  It’s also said that we will soon see creatures react to adverse and favorable weather. Bears going into caves to hibernate in winter type of thing. Along with a lot of other stuff the terrain surface affects your movement as well. Your not going to run up that hill at top speed. Hill will slow you down, So will snow, Remember me saying that little thing about accumulating snow. Yea, That slows you down. In this world players can build roads, clear, level, raise and lower terrain. Our starting off playing field is 120 sq km, gradually expanding to a 1200 sq km area and beyond as the game goes on. If you know any thing about them, Xsyon has Speed Tree 5.1 and Speed Grass 4. Which means it looks really really good. Trees and grass move with the wind and I have not seen it yet, But trees grow back if you leave the stumps.
 
I would say that creature are part of the world so here is a little about them when it comes to the world. There is no set creature spawns or re-spawns. Animals multiply based on the current creature population. Creatures can overrun areas or be depleted. they also gravitate towards different areas based on mood and weather. There is a lot more about creatures that I could talk about, But I am wanting to try to keep this more to just Xsyon world.
Here is whats not on the brochure, Xsyon is full of mountains, streams, woods, and wild life. Lake Tahoe is huge and beautiful to just look at. I think there will be a great need for boats of some type to cross it.
Being able to manipulate almost any thing you see is freaking awesome. With the terraforming tool and with skill you can create waterways, If you build it right and connect it to a water source the water will flow into your waterway.  You can move the land to make it look the way you want it to. This will be great for planing out towns, yes there will be tribe made camps, towns, and maybe even city’s. 
When going out to hunt, It’s not like, Lets go to Point A where there is a spawn point for Creature B the way you do in most MMOG. Here there will not be any set point for any of them. The creatures have their own life and they will do whatever they do. It’s up to you to go find them. So hunting may be more like hunting, Than let’s go kill X amount of Y for quest Z.
 
All this and the game is still in beta test, There is still a ton of stuff to go in-game.
 
Alik Steel

September 12, 2010 Posted by | Xsyon | , , | Leave a comment

Xsyon: The Lore (as I know it 04.09.2010)


Xsyon is an apocalyptic fable

I want to point out that this is not a post apocalyptic MMO. It has started, But we are playing in the time when it is happening now. So many sites have put it in the wrong era. We do not start off after every thing has happen.

Also this is unlike many MMO’s in the fact that it is a fable, And I think that in this case it may just mean story. As in this game will be changing as if we was reading a book.

So here is some of the highlights of what little lore is known.

“The Apocalypse is at hand!”

“You are a survivor. Your youth was spent lost in times of war.”

“Modern technology has consumed itself.”

“You know nothing. You’ve forgotten the past and have yet to learn the future. You are a lost soul in a strange barren world with little more than the shirt on your back”

“War has ravaged the planet, opening a rift to another reality.”

“With the disruption of the planet, ancient gods awake to once again exert their powers over the earth.”

“Benevolent gods and creatures.”

“Devils and angels vie for control of their earthly battlefield.”

“The Four Horsemen loom over the land awaiting their chance to spread destruction and chaos.”

“The survivors of the grisly destruction rise from the ashes of ruin to encounter a world that has changed, And face a primitive future.”

“The lords of nature have revived the wastelands, eradicating and subverting the remnants of modern technology.”

“The ways of swords and sorcery have replaced the path of science and progress.”

“A world that once existed only in the realm of mythology, legend and imagination has become concrete and very real.”

“The new world hangs in a moment of uncertainty.”

Our characters back ground is that we lived through the wars that caused the apocalypse, And the ancient gods of mythology, legend and imagination have come to life and have wiped our minds. So we remember nothing of the past that we just lived. Not only do we have to deal with the ancien gods of mythology, legend and imagination, But with the christian god. The gods have hidden and eradicated as much of modern technology as they could. There may be stuff to be found and learned, But it will be hard to find and learn.

As our characters rise from the ashes of ruin we find that all is not over yet. Some of the gods are angry at us, And bad things are still happening to us. We also find that we may not be where we thought we was and that this earth is not the same earth as our fathers world. We have fallen back to the old ways and find that some people can do things that was once just thought of as old fantasy story.

We the gamers of Xsyon know very little of what has happen and what will be. It has been said that as we play, Some people will come across knowledge of what was, and what may be, As we scavenge our way through the gaming world.

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Xsyon | Leave a comment