Posting from my former – now inactive – blog. I wanted to update it, so that’s why I decided to repost it here instead.
Oh, what do we do? No, seriously: Reading through the official forums has spoiled so many MMOs for me. It always looks like the game’s doomed to fail when you believe everything that’s complained about there.
So far, I’ve had a wonderful experience with hardly any problems. Once a Rift was bugged as it wanted us to kill a mob that just wasn’t there. We searched high and low, turned around every stone, looked in every bush but it just wasn’t there! We decided to go for another Rift then. Problem solved. ;)
One bug that really annoys me, though: The auction house search is not working correctly! I can right-shift-click on an item and the AH says there are 0 results. I can type in parts of the name of the item or the whole item. Again: 0 results. Scrolling through a category, however, reveals that there are several items listed. It took me a while but I finally found a posting in the forum that fits to my problem. It appears that the search is bugged when you’re playing with the English client but are on a German server. That also explains why it took me three days to find information about it! I was already wondering why nobody was complaining about not being able to find anything. But I guess not that many German-speaking people are playing with the English client (Update: Forum posting about said bug – according to the third poster there, it also happens with the German client on a German server).
I, however, love doing so. I know I’ve heard nasty comments about it before and I’m quite tired of them. But I’m still going to “defend” myself here in advance: a) I love the English language, b) the game’s originally designed in English and thus, German is only a translation and every translation is more or less a big interpretation. I prefer having the original and c) I love getting practice in the English language. Also because studying psychology (and soon being a psychologist) means that I need English quite often (most of the literature and studies are in English, after all). So for the aforementioned reasons, I’d really hate having to switch to the German client.
At least, apart from that bug, Trion has made it very easy to switch between languages and even regions! It’s just a setting in the game’s launcher and you can change the language and even the region of the game (US and EU servers). I was positively surprised to see that! Having to switch before you actually see the server list also means that they can, in most cases, patch the servers separately. So finally, Europeans won’t have regular server maintenance during their prime time or late afternoon (as they have in Warhammer Online). Very nice service here! I also remember being very annoyed to find out that half of Warhammer’s language was server-bound. You got the quests and skills according to the server’s language. Everything else was in the language you chose. It was the only MMO I ever played in German because Denglish is just not my cup of tea. ;) But enough about that. I don’t want to get into WAR and my bitterness about the game. I’m just happy to see that Trion’s handling the language settings better.