World of Warcraft Isn’t a Social Game Anymore

•June 12, 2012 • 2 Comments

That’s right; I’m going to say something bad about World of Warcraft. Shoot me! Many people think that WoW is the be-all end-all game of the last decade and that all new releases are clones. In a sense, that’s true because Blizzard paved the way for other games and it would be very hard to come up with entirely new concepts in terms of mechanics, user interface and general utilities. In short, Blizzard made MMO’s popular and accessible for the masses.

That’s all fine and dandy, but it seems to me that they’re taking it one step to far. I’m talking about the Looking For Group-system (LFG) and the Looking For Raid-system (LFR). LFG and LFR allow a player to queue up and specify their role in the group (Damage, tank or healer); they end up in the queue and wait until a group has formed for a normal instance, a heroic instance or a raid encounter. In my eyes, there are several flaws in these systems that are related to population and the amount of tanks and healers in relation to the amount of DPS. Players with a damage specialization (DPS) will always have to wait far longer than healers or tanks for their group to be formed. This is due to the fact that there are far less healers and tanks than there is DPS. I’ll pull a number out of my hat and say that there’s at least 10 times more DPS than healer or tanks.

That’s a first problem with those mechanics. The second one, and this is the main point of this post, is that this mechanic makes people act like assholes. That’s harsh and very sad, but also the truth I’m afraid. There have been numerous times when my group fell apart before the first boss of an instance was downed. There’s basically one main reason for this: It’s too easy to get another group. What I mean is that if this group doesn’t go fast enough or isn’t good enough for someone’s taste they’ll just leave the group and queue up again rather than try again. Or, even worse is when a group falls apart because they just don’t like the instance. It usually goes something like this: “Oh god, not this place again!! /leave group”. That’s just extremely unpleasant, especially for DPS who have to wait 10-30 minutes before they get a group.

Also, just as a side note: the LFG system is a Blizzard conspiracy! I swear the queue always pops up when I’m on the toilet!

Furthermore, people don’t know boss strategies anymore, and this is especially apparent in LFR. LFR is just too easy. People just stand in fire because they can’t be bothered to move, or don’t even know that they should move. Of course, this puts extra strain on healers (and they usually aren’t the best kind of players … birds of a feather you know) which often results in a wipe even in LFR! And then the shitstorm begins: “Fucking DPS! You all fucking suck, kick the slackers!”. Suffice to say, many more colorful words often follow. Then, after waiting another 10 minutes for a new tank and a couple of healers you finally get that boss down (let’s say it’s Spine of Deathwing, wipes often happen there it seems) and the looting can begin. There are people needing for all kinds of things they don’t need. Needing for off-spec, needing for downgrades (what?!), needing for Tier tokens they already have, etc. This results in another shit storm of “FUCKING NINJA OMG! KICK!).

 

And then finally, perhaps the biggest issue I have with this is that complete absence of the social aspect. Doing heroics used to be fun, you’d meet new people, have a chat, etc. and perhaps even add them to your friends list, but since the dawn of the LFG system the social contact with your group doesn’t go any further than “Hey” and “Thanks for the run, bye”. Well, I’m lying … there’s more chatting (read: name-calling) if you wipe on something). With almost every group member being from a different server there’s virtually no chance of meeting the same people twice. As a comparison, it would be the same as saying “hi” to a random stranger on the street and following them around for half an hour and then leave. This only promotes anonymity and in turn has the adverse effects I mentioned earlier in this post.

The LFG and LFR system can be a thing of beauty and could help stabilize the decline in subscriptions, but it needs some polishing. Perhaps some sort of penalty for leaving a group before completing the instance? I don’t know, I’m not a developer and I have no idea what would work. All I know is that I miss the social aspect of the game more than anything, and Blizzard would do well to attempt to bring it back in some form.

That’s my ranting done; let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section below!

PS: is it me, or is the player base exclusively casual these days? On my server at least there’s very little actual real or ‘hardcore’ PvP or PvE going on :S

Star Wars: The Old Republic Captures My Attention

•May 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Right, it’s been just about a month since I last posted, and there’s a couple of reasons for that:

1)      I’m pretty busy with work, college work, applying for a job and the job application training for students that I lead.

2)      I started playing SW:TOR with a couple of friends

Yes, I know … after spending the better part of 5 years on World of Warcraft I went and started playing another MMO. I promise I won’t get crazy addicted to this one … maybe.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a very enjoyable game really, despite what the recent internet chatter is implying. Below Is an account of my impressions after a couple of weeks of gameplay. Keep in mind that this is my opinion and does not represent anything else but that.

Alright, I fired up the game and downloaded the patches. First thing I had to do was put the graphic settings on very low. Frankly, that’s not normal. Granted my pc isn’t great, I know, but it should at least be capable of running the game on medium. I have extremely long load times (everyone seems to have that for some planets). This appears to be a problem that some players have despite the quality of their rig.

                       

So, I made myself a Pureblooded Sith Warrior (advanced class is Marauder – Favourite of the month apparently) and started my trials on Korriban to become a true Sith complete with red Lightsaber, Force Choke and a seething hate for everything alien or Republic. The story missions are awesome. The class story sucks you in right away and the trademark BioWare speech choices are flawless. It’s almost a direct copy of the Mass Effect speech system really. The only problem I really have is that I just can’t be arsed to watch every single cutscene for every single quest (no matter how short those quests might be). If you watch everything you’ll ‘lose’ hours of your day. Don’t get me wrong though, I like it but sometimes I’d prefer the good ol’ quest text.

Furthermore, as I advanced in levels I was and still am baffled by the extremely large amount of cash sinks in the game. You have to pay for extra bag space, mounts, repairs, legacy rewards, respecs, skills and lots more. Skills especially get insanely expensive for the cash flow you receive around level 25. An augmented item on the Galactic Trade Network will easily set you back 250 000 credits. Level 50 mount skill is also around 250k, not counting the mount itself. One of my friends said that BioWare overrated the potential in-game economy, and I reckon he’s right.

Finally, the PvP is great fun, it has to be said. There’s basically 4 warzones – the usual really; 2 warzones where you cap and defend bases, a Strand Of The Ancients-type warzone and a Capture the Flag warzone in the form of Huttball. Which warzone you get is completely random which is great, no more abandoned battlegrounds like sometimes happened to me in WoW.

Also, there are only 2 level brackets: Pre-50 and 50. Pre-50 everything is peachy and I felt like a goddamn battering ram playing my Marauder. But once I hit level 50 I only encountered fully equipped PvP steam trains and all I could do felt like hitting them over the head with my limp red noodle (read: Red Lightsaber). The difference is mind-boggling and very sudden. But, that is not a flow only this game has. Truly, I have no idea how to fix an issue like that other than give some basic PvP gear to every fresh level 50.

In summary, it’s a good game if you’re able to look past the (many) flaws like I did. I’m having a lot of fun for my money and in the end that’s all I really care about. I don’t sit around whining and crying in trade chat, and if you are doing just that you should really go play a different game because you’re ruining my fun, you asshat!

Niels Van Hellemont

PS: May 4th is Star Wars day so May The 4th Be With You!

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

•March 30, 2012 • 4 Comments

Let’s get one thing clear from the start. I haven’t read the books (yet). I know, shoot me.Point is, I might have missed some things that were in the book, but not the movie. Secondly, this review will purely focus on the quality of the film and not about how it compares to the novels.

The Hunger Games is a movie based on the novels by by Suzanne Collins. It was first published on September 14, 2008. ‘The Hunger Games‘ is the first novel in The Hunger Games trilogy, followed by Catching Fire, published on September 1, 2009, and Mockingjay, published on August 24, 2010.

Now, time for a little back story (don’t worry, I won’t spoil … much!). In a not too distant future (you can tell because they all have weird names *wink*), several years after a great war we meet Katniss Everdeen, a teenager with a knack for shooting arrows through the eyes of squirrels. Times hard and things are bad. Food is hard to come by (hence the squirrels). To commemorate the great war, the people of ‘The Capital’ hold an annual competition dubbed ‘The Hunger Games’ with the slogan  “And may the odds be ever in your favor”. Every year, each of the 12 districts send 2 teenagers to compete in the Hunger Games.  They get elected through a lottery, and their names are not entered voluntarily. These 24 teenagers will fight to the death until 1 victor remains who brings eternal glory to his or her district.

Naturally, Katniss Everdeen’s sister, Prim, gets chosen upon which Katniss herself volunteers to go in her sister’s place. She and the boy from district 12 go to the capital to compete. I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to discover, it’s fairly predictable anyhow.

So, what did I think of the movie? Well, it was quite good actually though I was sceptical at first. At times, I found it a bit predictable but that wasn’t a major concern and did not blemish my movie experience. The setting, decor and style of the movie are more than satisfying and manage to display the striking difference between poor (Fallout 3 style) and the decadent capital very well.

The costumes could have sprouted from Tim Burton’s mind and the overall feel of the movie sits just right.

Suffice to say, director Gary Ross did an amazing job (which is reflected by the box office revenues). Jennifer Lawrence (X-men: First Class) plays Katniss Everdeen, and does so quite well. Josh Hutcherson‘s performance, however, isn’t as good in my opinion and pales a little next to Jennifer Lawrence’s. Furthermore, we see Wes Bentley (Ghost Rider, American Beauty); an actor most people seem to have forgotten about – unjustified in my opinion. Woody Harrelson (The People VS. Larry Flynt) brings the humourous undertone to the movie to lighten the atmosphere a bit (he plays his signature half-mad drunkard).

Conclusion: The Hunger Games is a very good and enjoyable movie that has the right feel and good acting overall. It doesn’t shy away from showing from the often harsh, graphic and slightly perverse decisions made in the story all in the name of good television. Go watch it if you haven’t yet, it’s worth your money.

Niels Van Hellemont

Assassin’s Creed 3 Has Got Me Excited !

•March 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

A couple of days ago, Ubisoft released a trailer and the cover art for their new Assassin’s Creed game. Now that the story of Ezio Auditore is over we’re finally moving on to Assassin’s Creed III. The short trailer (look below)  tells us quite a few things. First of all we know the time period the game will take place in. The game will take place in North America during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Don’t know what the Revolutionary War is? Well, here’s some background information for you.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), the American War of Independence, or simply the Revolutionary War, began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several European great powers.

The war was the result of the political American Revolution. Colonists galvanized around the position that the Stamp Act of 1765, imposed by Parliament of Great Britain, was unconstitutional. The British Parliament insisted it had the right to tax colonists. The colonists claimed that, as they were British subjects, taxation without representation was illegal. The American colonists formed a unifying Continental Congress and a shadow government in each colony, though ostensibly claiming loyalty to the monarch and a place in the British Empire. The American boycott of directly taxed British tea led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. London responded by ending self-government in Massachusetts and putting it under the control of the British army with General Thomas Gage as governor. In April 1775 Gage learned that weapons were being gathered in Concord, and he sent British troops to seize and destroy them. Local militia, known as ‘minutemen,’ confronted the troops and exchanged fire (see Battles of Lexington and Concord). After repeated pleas to the British monarchy for intervention with Parliament, any chance of a compromise ended when the Congress were declared traitors by royal decree, and they responded with a declared independence forming a new sovereign nation external to the British Empire, the United States of America, on July 4, 1776.

In 1783, the Treaty of Paris ended the war and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded roughly by what is now Canada to the north, Florida to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west.

As I mentioned above, the Ezio story arc is over and we’ll be moving on to a new protagonist who appears to be armed with a tomahawk. Connor (our protagonist’s name) is darting through snowy woodland to help a few British shoulders to the eternal hunting grounds. So it seems he’s helping the Americans in their fight for independence against the British. I guess it will be a welcome change from the overdose of rooftops we had in the previous AC games.

Producer Ubisoft says that, on the moment of release (31 October), the game will have been in development for 3 years. The crew working on the game is double the size as usual and the game is being developed with the new AnvilNext engine for even smoother graphics.

Assassin’s Creed 3 will be released on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 AND the Wii U.

Personally, I think it’s a good choice to have the game take place during the American Revolutionary War and I’m excited to see what Ubisoft will do with the wide open battlefields en dense forest areas. The long wait until 31 October begins …

/Niels

70 Year Old Grandma Leading Her Own Raiding Guild

•February 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

That gaming is for all ages is once again proven by this very interesting article over on WoWInsider. This article is a beautiful example of that. A 70 year old grandma wielding a legendary weapon and leading her own raiding guild. Turns out that not all grandma’s sit in front of a burning stove knitting socks for their husbands who’s reading the newspaper. Read the full article/interview below.

Today, we press forward from the warm, fuzzy territory covered by the Knitting Grandma with two window-rattling volleys in the battle against gamer stereotypes:

  1. You don’t have to be a granny to knit and play World of Warcraft. Even the author of Clique, the preeminent click-casting addon, gets his knit on.
  2. Whether they knit or not, even grannies can be GMs. Of raiding guilds. Who’ve raided since original Molten Core. And top the DPS meters. Wielding Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest. (So yes, that does indeed qualify her to tell you kids to “GET OFF MY LAWN!”)

Meet Marthazon, the 70-year-old GM of Spartans on Dalaran (USA).

MarthazonMain character Marthazon
Guild Spartans
Realm Dalaran (US)

WoW Insider: Level 70 in real life — and of course, GM of a raiding guild in game … That’s not a usual mix! Take us back to how you got started in this crazy WoW endeavor we all love.

Marthazon: I started playing the game on the Alliance side as Marthazon in January of 2005. I had played for about a month earlier as Horde in order to play with my daughter. She had an undead warlock. My daughter, who is 33, knew that I enjoyed the genre of swords and sorcery in literature and movies. I had read Lord of the Rings to my three children as a nightly ritual when they were young. She had bought World of Warcraft when it came out and kept nudging me to give the game a try because she “knew” I’d love it.

And obviously, you did! Coming into the game via grown children who play is a pretty common method of entry for older players, although most folks your age seem to stay on the casual side of things. How did you make the jump into raiding?

I joined Spartans at level 15, and I think that our GM at the time was at level 40 and the highest level in the guild at the time. We did every dungeon in the game as a guild, but our first venture in Molten Core hooked me on raiding. I really loved learning the fights, learning to figure out the most efficient and safest way to down each boss. At the time, the guild was using signups to fill the 40-man raids, and many raid nights we struggled and watched the time tick away before either filling our raid or cancelling the raid.

I turned to PvP when raiding slowed down or stopped. The fact that I managed to reach the PvP rank of Marshal prior to the first expansion says a great deal about the difficulties of filling a 40-man raid.

Marthazon in action

Old school! And now you’re the GM …

During The Burning Crusade, our GM found that he had too much going on in his real life to continue playing, and he passed GM to me in December of 2007. Suddenly I was responsible for enabling every player in the guild to meet their own raiding goals. An in-depth discussion between all officers led to the same conclusion: Move the guild to a set team format and maintain a roster of raiders able to commit to three nights a week. Acknowledge that real life is the more important factor for all players, and do not penalize players when real life prevents participation in the game.

Topping the meters That sounds like a pretty typical raiding guild, then — nothing granny-style about that!

We raid three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and we end the raid week with the Monday raid. As I said, we raid with a set team – slightly more than 25 players to hopefully cover players that need to post out. We try to hold to a 25-man raiding format but when we can’t field 25 players, we are able to quickly form 10-man raids — two 10-man raids, usually. We are recruiting and hope our future holds a third 10-man — and give the 25-man raid a better chance at filling spots.

Our members all have my phone and text number, and they are good about keeping me informed about being able to play as I’ve scheduled them. I set the entire schedule up every month and adjust it as players call when they can’t play. Working the schedule every day is the first thing I do in the morning. In addition to the Dragon Soul raids, we also play two ad hoc Fireland raids on the weekends, helping several other guild casters get their own Dragonwrath staffs.

What is the guild currently working on?

25-man Ultraxion; Spine of Deathwing and The Maelstrom in 10-man. The holidays cut into our raiding quite a bit, along with demands for overtime at many workplaces. With the economy so slow, many players relish the extra pay.

Oops

And on top of all that, we spy a Dragonwrath in your inventory — congratulations! Tell us a little bit about the long road to achieving your legendary.

Dragonwrath was quite simply a gift from my guild. I only had to run around a pick up the various items while they killed or after they killed the bosses. The process of collecting the various items takes so long that it requires dedicated raiders willing to show up week after week to make those collections possible. The one solo part of the quest line — the Nexus dungeon — was amazingly fun to do, but nothing compared to the work the guild put in.

Now, your husband doesn’t raid, so when do you get to play with him — or do you?

We do dailies together, and we farm for those ever-needed mats that raids require. It is very rare that we miss a day of playing together. We play together mostly in the morning, logging off around noon. I might return in the afternoon for some randoms and those ever-needed valor points, but I also work at our family genealogy. Afternoons often have me playing, as their ads say, family detective at Ancestry.com.

When it comes to raiding, I like fielding dedicated, knowledgeable people that have that singular desire to figure out what the developers are throwing against us and how to most efficiently down the fight. My husband enjoys the storylines and leveling, but says he has no patience for raiding and the seemingly endless wipes.

Getting ready to raid

Sounds like a perfect blend. So has Marthazon always been your main? Do you play any significant alts?

Marthazon has always been my main. I do have alts — I leveled most races and classes to enjoy their storylines and zones. I have a priest that I can raid at need for the guild when we are short healers. She’s fun … but she’s not my mage. The others are only farming alts and taken down for a spin when I need some mats for something.

What’s the average age of your guildmates, without considering you and your husband?

Average age is around 28 to 33. We have a number of husband/wife players and many with young children and several with children almost ready for college.

Do you find much of a generation gap in social interactions with your guildmates?

Not really. Now and then, someone will say something (especially in trade channel) that I don’t quite understand … I just ask in guild and someone will (usually with much laughter) tell me.

Probably the biggest generation gap I experienced was back when I was around level 40. I should paint in a bit of background first. When I first joined this guild, I was thrilled that so many of the other guildies — the toons — were women. I remember thinking that that held great promise for women being involved in technology. The day came when the guild was running Zul Farrak and one of the players, a female night elf, typed something out in chat that made me say in chat, “That sounds like something a man would say.” The run came to a standstill as the other players took great pains to explain to me (with much leet laughter) that I was the only woman in the guild at that time and why they played female avatars.

Daily quests

Were you comfortable with computers before you started playing World of Warcraft, or has playing been an introduction to that world as well?

Computers have long been a part of my life. My father worked with early computers for the GSA as a data programmer after he retired from the Army in the ’50s, and I’ve always been fascinated by the technology. My last job before retiring was computer tracking a large fleet of commercial trucks and their deliveries. I helped design the in-house program to track the data we needed to maintain, and I acted as the office IT.

When my children were toddlers, we bought a VIC-20 and a handful of text games — you know, the kind where you get a clue like “The bear is sleeping in the clearing. What do you do?” The kids would offer suggestions, and I’d type each suggestion in until we got the right one and the game responded. Two of my children went into computer technology fields.

So you’ve been at this a good, long while! Is there anything in World of Warcraft you feel you’re slowing down at or getting less efficient or effective at as you get older? Would you say that your age is affecting your game?

World of Warcraft is sort of like the French Foreign Legion of games when it comes to age. As long as you can do your part, it’s rare for someone to ask “How old are you?” As long as I can maintain the same focus and the awareness that I want from other players, I feel that I can hold my own.

I’m not the oldest, by the way, in my guild. That honor goes to my husband, who is 72. He doesn’t like to raid, however. He is our AH king, keeping our raiders in repair gold. WoW is an excellent and inexpensive recreational outlet for us old codgers. A lot less expensive than golf.

Marthazon at work

Fair enough! That said, what’s the continued draw of World of Warcraft for you? What keeps you playing?

Living on a fixed income, World of Warcraft provides a lot of entertainment that is fun and affordable. At the same time the game doesn’t require using the car, fighting traffic, crowds, or weather, buying tickets or paying fees. I have to think about what I am doing in game. I’m not a couch potato just watching a cartoon on the TV. Blizzard’s work at keeping the game open-ended and providing new content keeps me coming back.

–End of WoWInsider article–

So what do you think? Personally, I’d like to think that I’d still be so active in the gaming community when I’m 70. It would be quite interesting to see the changes along the years. Furthermore, I reckon that her years of experience (both in real life, and in the virtual world) would give her an edge in several aspects of being a Guild Master, such as people skills and insight. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

PS: Sorry for the absence (again), I’ve been quite busy and I’m working on a few new projects … albeit outside of this website. Stay tuned though!

/Niels

Tv Review – Game Of Thrones

•December 27, 2011 • 3 Comments

Game of Thrones is the newest series from the warm nest that is HBO. This tv network has a couple of great series already and can add another one to its list with a Game of Thrones. Even though the first season had only 10 episodes it has become wildly popular and a second season has been announced. I know I’m a bit late reviewing this, but the show hasn’t aired in my country yet and I prefer to watch it in HD so I waited for a while. So I finally watched it a week ago, and here are my impressions.

Game of Thrones is based on the books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin. The first season revolves around the first book in this epic series. The story takes place in Westeros, a land that consists of 7 kingdoms where the 7 noble families vie for control. During the series the story focuses on one or more of these families.

The current king (portrayed by Mark Addy) is feeling threatened and seeks the support of his old friend Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (portrayed by Sean Bean). Ned Stark follows his king to King’s Landing, the capital, to serve as ‘Hand of the King’ which is a sort of advisor/regent position.

In the meantime, quite a few events are afoot. The children of the last king of the ‘Targaryen dynasty’, Viserys and Daenerys, are trying to take back the land they feel belongs to them. The wife of Ned Stark has her hands full in the north of Westeros and Ned Starks bastard, Jon Snow, decides to become a ranger and protect ‘The Wall’ (a gigantic wall that separates the kingdom from a whole lot of bad shit). On top of all that, the queen and her twin brother keep a secret and conspire against the king and his loyal followers such as Ned Stark.

In summary, enough material to fill a couple of seasons.

The atmosphere of the series is excellent I must say. A lot of time has been spent on costume design and it shows. Same for the set pieces. The fantasy element is obviously quite dominant but the CGI is brilliant as well. Even the intro has seen a lot of work! On top of that I really like the distinct accents that each of the actors have. Few things are crushing immersion as much as a bunch of Americans running around screaming (no offence).

The casting has been done quite good as well. Sean Bean as Eddard Stark is simply amazing. Bean has quite the resumé already (He’s Boromir in LOTR) and he feels quite at home in the Game of Thrones setting. Mark Addy (Robin Hood) and Lena Heady (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) deserve an honorable mention as King Robert and his bitch queen, respectively. Peter Dinklage portrays the dwarf brother of the queen, Tyrion, and he does a marvellous job. He also seems like the only sane person of the entire Lannister family.

Personally, I didn’t know the books before I saw the series and I see the series from a whole different point of view, no doubt. There are some references to places and names that mean nothing to me (yet) but I’m sure that those of you who read the books know quite well. Don’t worry, I fully intend to read ALL the books!

The first few episodes might feel a bit overwhelming if you’re just entering the world of George R.R. Martin, but the pace slows down a little bit in the later episodes.

Finally, I like that the makers don’t shy away from blood, violence and sex (which is there in abundance) and that the writer of the books doesn’t hesitate to kill off characters (you’ll know it when you see it, blew my mind really)

In short, Game of Thrones promises to have a great run on HBO. Don’t miss it!

/Niels

Comic Sans Makes My Eyes Bleed

•December 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hey there guys, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Well, that’s because I’ve been very busy with college. You know … papers, presentations, studying and all that *ahem* exciting stuff. Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know what I’ve been up to these days. I recently bought a new smartphone, a HTC Incredible S and I’m lovin’ it! I see no reason whatsoever to buy an iPhone when this phone does everything I could possibly want. I’ve been hung up on playing Ocarina of Time on it whenever I have to wait somewhere. Quite addictive indeed.

Anyway, I wanted to share a trend that I’ve noticed while walking around on campus these last few weeks. A lot of students (first years and older) are using the Comic Sans MS font more and more and it frustrates me to no end. Why you ask? Because it’s butt-ugly to be quite frank and it has no place in a business college. Here’s why:

  • it’s too bold,
  • there’s little difference between normal, bold and italics so highlighting certain words in a text doesn’t work well,
  • it’s a crude font with short letter endings,
  • it’s even uglier when used in all caps (example: in titles),
  • it’s exhausting to read and strains the eyes more than a more formal font,
  • it’s used too often.

Well, that’s my opinion anyway. I’m sure there’s been scientific research into fonts and their uses. A lot of people seem to disagree with me though since it’s still used to often. I’ve seen Comic Sans used in business colleges, papers, formal presentations, government documents and in police departments. Seriously, what the hell?!

Don’t get me wrong though, there are uses for the font. Like for kids under the age of 11, comics, cartoons, etc. It’s just not for more formal or grown-up occassions.

Anyway, go watch the little presentation over at Comic Sans Criminal and watch the short YouTube clip below why even Hitler thinks Comic Sans MS is crap (seriously, it’s funny)

/Niels

PS: Now that you’re thinking twice about using Comic Sans as a font, do the same for WordArt … nobody wants to see that either.

 
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