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eso_groupJust this week, I stumbled upon this game: Ether Saga. It is a brand new MMORPG and looks cool (for me). The main site’s URL is http://eso.perfectworld.com/ I love the graphics, animations, the flying items/mounts, pets as shown in teasers like this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFqdFX3EP88 The game has three races namely Renzu-Human, Shenzu-Demigods, and Yaoh-Animal Race (once animals according to their site). Class is divided into six (6):

  • Dragoon (melee attacker, tankers, lance user)
  • Rogue (melee, dagger)
  • Mystic (healers but weird/overpowered according to some due to their offensive skills–meaning they have BOTH healing AND some offensive attacks)
  • Ranger (ranged attackers, bow)
  • Conjurer (range, the mage class, offensive, uses amulets)
  • Shaman (healing skills but NOT good at all compare to Mystic, secondary tank, hammers)

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So being excited to try it out at once, I hurriedly checked their download section, grabbed their torrent since it will be my best option and waited for 9 hours to finish (not continuous)—really long because my connection wasn’t that great at all but I endured it. I want to play this game, I told myself. I visited the official forum, some fansites so I can plan ahead about the class I am about to pick once everything is ready. Since I always choose a mage type character in any MMORPG, I decided to go with Conjurer. Their amulets caught my eyes too because it is a little different; it is not-your-ordinary-and-very common-staff or wand. And one spell took my fancy. The Phoenix Flare. I saw this in one of the trailer videos from Youtube and I like it. I love this mythical creature! Even though I will be an Unda Conjurer, still I want to see this spell myself (it’s a Pyr spell; Conjurers main affinities are Unda and Pyra—you can’t be pure Unda or pure Pyra). Below is a screenshot (I think this is the Phoenix Flare):

eso_screenshot_phoenix

That nine hours has passed and I installed the game right away, patiently waited for the extraction of all files, verifications, etc, clicked the install button and then…patch which didn’t work at all. It says the patch is too big and must be downloaded manually. So, still eager to play, I went to the site and clicked the patch links. To my surprise, the first patch file has a size of 270MB+ and the other is 160MB+! Well, we can say it is normal considering the graphics of the game. I was like, okay okay. That’s perfectly fine. In exchange for another hour or two of waiting again, I’ll be playing this game that caught my interests. Waited again. While waiting, I browse through the net and something popped in my mind. “Wait, I don’t have an account yet!”…and so, I jumped to their site again and tried to register. BUT—I am very unfortunate. I have already successfully installed the game, have plans with my Conjurer, its build will be Unda/Pyra, Shenzu Race (The Demigods that can equip the wings), with birthday of 7/19 for Ocean Size, Hermetic Winds, Stupify and already downloading the final pieces of the puzzle: the patches BUT to my disappointment I was prompted with this message when I tried to register:

Disabled Region
Our sincerest apologies, we cannot provide service to players in your region or to players using open proxies.
Please contact support at customerservice@perfectworldinc.com to resolve this issue.

WTF! I gradually lose all the excitement and energy that I had just few seconds ago. WTH, tell me they are kidding! I googled it for answer and the result? Players from Philippines cannot play Ether Saga because there is an IP block. According to this, we will have our own version. Come to think of it, we do have Perfect World here being hosted by Level Up! so maybe that explains why. In the future, this company might/will host this game for us. When? I wonder.

Just for reference, allow me to quote the list of blocked regions at this moment.

China
Hong Kong
Japan
Macau
Malaysia
North Korea
Philippines
South Korea
Taiwan
Turkey
Vietnam

Source: http://forum.mmosite.com/topics/144/200902/03/2934,1.html?time=1233703665#tip28819

Now, I am going to stop downloading the patches and uninstall this game to free up some space. All of my efforts are just for nothing! Tsk tsk! I wish I knew beforehand that this game has IP blocks for some regions. I thought since it is an international game, it is open for everyone. At least, I hope the authorities will consider to put up an announcement somewhere in their first page of the site like “Warning: Some regions are blocked. Please refer for the list here” or something like that. Why? To let everyone know that the game is NOT OPEN for everyone! I wasted several hours for nothing! Please! I am sure I am not the only one who experienced/will be experiencing this. It is REALLY a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! T_T

To finish this post and to show how my face looked like when I discovered that I cannot play this game, here’s a screenshot:

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Oh well, that’s life. Let us just hope, we will have our local version very soon.

All screenshots are from the main site of the game. I do NOT own them.

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Whew, here we go again…

Ngaung gabi 7:20pm ng gabi nagpalabas na naman ng bagong advertisement si Villar. Eto ata ung kadugtong nung kahapon. Sa ad, makikita si Villar at Boy Abunda sa bahay ng senador sa Tondo. Dun usap usap sila…nakakainis talaga itong senador na ito. Anu po ba ang gusto ninyong palabasin sa mga ads ninyo? Yes, we do know you experienced poverty and all but why use someone and do an interview much like a segment in The Buzz? WTF! OA na talaga itong senator na ito…Ilang ads pa po ba ang gusto ninyo? Di ninyo po kami nakukumbinse kasi nakakaasar na ang mga ginagawa ninyo. Kung ung winawaldas ninyong pera para sa mga advertisements e ginagamit ninyo nalang sa mga mas mabubuting bagay tulad ng mga programa na marami makikinabang o di kaya i-donate sa charity…mas mabuti pa un e! Kesa ipamukha sa tao na ganito po ako, mahirap ako dati blah blah…wala akong long pants noon, iisa lang ang sapatos. Napakaplastic na po.

10-15 minutes later, nagpalabas na naman kayo. Tapos mga 8:10pm, pinalabas ninyo po uli ung pabahay sabay yakap sa binigyan ng bahay. WTH! Ang punto ko po Mr. Senator, kung busilak talaga ang hangarin ninyong maging Presidente bakit pinapamukha ninyo sa pamamagitan ng ads ang mga nagawa ninyo kahit di pa naman campaigning period? Bakit nag-uubos kayo ng milyon milyon? O kahit di kayo ung gumagastos, do you think di kayo babalikan nung nagpahiram sa inyo kapag Presidente na (which will open to the door of corruption and favoritism)? At kung kayo nga po ang gumastos dahil kaya ninyo naman masasabi ninyo ba sa amin na di ninyo susubukin bawiin yun pag nanungkulan na kayo?

I hope di manalo ang mga taong ganito. Oo nga laging nakapaskil mga mukha ninyo sa mga TV, lagi namin kayo nakikita, lagi ninyo pinapakita na makamasa kayo sa pamamagitan ng pagyakap sa mahihirap, etc…pero di ibig sabihin magiging mabuti kayong Presidente. Tsk tsk…Kung tingin ninyo marami talaga kayong nagawa at lahat un bukal sa loob ninyo, di ninyo po kelangan ipalandakan ito sa TV kahit na di pa 2010. My goodness! Kayo pa naman ang mas dapat nakakaalam ng batas yet kayo ung nagbibingihan at magsasabi na di pa naman nagfifile ng candidacy. Even so, tingin ninyo po ba gagastos kayo ng milyones tapos di naman pala kayo tatakbo? Anu un?

Tsk tsk…Fellow Filipinos, please do vote wisely. Do you want a leader like this man?

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My goodness! I saw another ad just few minutes ago. It is about pabahay by Mr. Senator Manny Villar, with the usual “Basta mahirap, tumutulong sa mahirap” finishing line. CRAP! STOP IT! You already had 3 crappy ads before: the Itik and 2 OFWs WTH videos. Are you not satisfied yet? Wow you do have lots of money in your pocket huh!

If you think you will convince us that you are a “good” person by showing these things…well, you are wrong! We were not born yesterday! I swear I WILL NOT VOTE YOU! You don’t deserve the position of being a president!

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InuYashaToday, I ordered the first volume of Inuyasha manga in its original Japanese text from an online store.┬áIt’s my very first time to order something online; I do hope to get the item that I bought! (._.) Right now, I am still keeping my fingers crossed hoping that it will be successful online shopping experience! Anyway, after that…I did some google search for more Inuyasha stuffs. I stumbled across the news dated just last month (April) at ANN. [I know I am so late XD but it’s better to be late than never! Haha] I am quoting the whole news below.

The North American publisher Viz Media has announced that it will “unflip” its English-language release of Rumiko Takahashi‘s Inuyasha manga, starting with volume 38 in July. Future volumes of the English edition will revert to the right-to-left page layout of the original Japanese edition and be published monthly. Starting this November, Viz will also reprint the entire series in VIZBIG editions. Each unflipped bumper volume of the VIZBIG edition will contain the contents of three of the original volumes.

Update: The remaining volumes of Inuyasha will be released monthly.

Original Link: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-23/viz-to-publish-inuyasha-with-unflipped-page-layout

Finally, my beloved series will be unflipped (Right to Left) just like the original! Upon knowing this news, I became so excited that I kept on searching for more information about this VizBig release for Inuyasha. So far, it seems that it will be a 3-in-1 edition scheduled to be released in November 2009. The price will be $17.99 based from TheRumicWorld and it’s $12.23 from Amazon. So the price range is $12-$18. Good deal, I believe. Considering that it will be a 3-in-1 release, unflipped…it’s a good pick especially for avid fans of the series! (Just like me! I will surely save up more money for these! I’m gonna collect the whole set! >:D) However, as I went on searching for more, I came across some blogs which discussed about a rumor. This and this are the blogs I am talking about. From the latter, it stated the following:

UPDATE: In the comments, Greg McElhatton shares a rumor that would explain why all of Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series have always appeared in flipped format, even when subsequent, smaller editions were released: Apparently Viz’s licenses were too specific and only granted the rights to publish Takahashi’s work in the flipped format. So to publish new, unflipped editions, Viz would have to renegotiate their contracts, which would add additional costs they probably don’t want to incur for a reprint project. So it looks like the VIZBIG edition of Inuyasha may be flipped after all, which just seems… odd. (Although Tekkon Kinkreet was reissued in a flipped format, so maybe it’s not such a big deal.)

Inuyasha Hanyou and Human Form So it seems that it is already stated in the contract between Viz and Rumiko Takahashi that the manga will be published in flipped format and to have it in unflipped editions would mean to have a new contract? That’s how I understand it. *sigh* Adding more to the disappointment, this Amazon Link‘s description for Inuyasha Volume 1 (VIZBIG EDITION) says

Product Description
L to R (Western Style). Quaeterly. Historical Action And Romance From One of Japan’s Most Beloved Creators Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she’s pulled out of herown time and into another! Removed the succeeding text

WTH! L to R! And here I thought it will be unflipped! So what’s with the Vizbig Unflipped News? I know this contract thing is a rumor and I hope it stays as it is. Surely this Amazon Product Description must be just a big typographical error! If ever the rumor is true, then the Vizbig Edition is actually a waste. It will be just a 3-in-1 release, that’s all. Nothing new, nothing to look forward to.

When I started to like this series, I never had the intention to purchase the English Version because it’s flipped (reading Left to Right)—it’s a really huge turn off because the drawing has lost its greatness due to the flipping. But now that they will be releasing unflipped versions, I will surely be one of your customers! So Viz, please do! *fingers crossed*

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