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So long Rubicon :( [Nov. 11th, 2010|06:59 pm]
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My favourite show on tv was cancelled today: http://watching-tv.ew.com/2010/11/11/rubicon-cancelled-amc/. Such a shame. TV companies need to start figuring out new ways to monetize content, especially the slow-burning intelligently written kind, since AMC clearly failed at profiting off of this amazing show. Rubicon was great at developing a slightly unnerving but very authentic feel, which is a very rare achievement for television. It's not boring, it's just more contemplative and far less flashy than something like 24, or a Michael Bay movie. It certainly moves along infinitely faster than FFXIV, for example. If you haven't watched it, the last episode resolved a number of the major plot points so you won't feel ripped off by investing the time to watch it now. It's really excellent.

Oh and Square-Enix decided to announce that they will be lowering the skill point requirements to get to rank 20 in FFXIV in the November patch: http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=cb4dc09784bc24b4fde2e45de9f018ec5fb504d2.

Unfortunately they neglected to mention when the patch is coming or what I'm supposed to be doing in FFXIV until the patch since I'm only skilling up jobs sub-rank 20. I'm not that keen on wasting my time grinding out skill points that will just get wiped out or rendered pointless in a few weeks. I'm hoping Gran Turismo 5 really comes out next week as rumored so I can play that while waiting for the patch.
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[User Picture]From: cephius
2010-11-12 08:43 pm (UTC)
Rubicon getting cancelled made me a sad panda. I love shows that make you think, there aren't enough of them these days. I really think AMC should have marketed it more or made sure the show got off to a faster start, because I think people were quick to ditch it and never stuck around to see what an amazing series it became after episode 4. I thought it was a refreshing take on the "mystery thriller" genre, you know what I mean? There were a lot of "oh god, what's going to happen now?" moments without the James Bond style chase scenes or explosions.

I hope someone else picks it up, it has great potential.
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[User Picture]From: aesthetik_dekay
2010-11-13 04:31 am (UTC)
I'm basically refusing to play FFXIV until they make improvements, so I don't get the lingo yet... is rank 20 the same as level 20?
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[User Picture]From: brandson
2010-11-18 02:42 pm (UTC)
FFXIV keeps track of your rank in each job class (what FFXI called a job level) and a separate physical level that is constant no matter what job you are playing. You get skill points to get up ranks as you use your class abilities while fighting mobs, and xp when you kill the mobs to get up physical levels. Physical level lets you raise attributes, and job ranks give you access to more abilities as you rank up that job. It would work ok but the skill points are distributed way randomly. Sometimes you could kill a incredibly tough mob solo and get nothing, and other times you can get hundreds of skill points. It's like SE saw how people organized skill up parties in FFXI and decided to make all leveling like that, only much slower. SE might be doing something about that in the next couple of patches.
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