Greetings broskis and broskettes. It has come to our attention, here at the mighty Hydramist
Schloss, that certain gentlemannes have been engaged in streaming via the Xfire service.
It would be a matter of near orgasmic delight if you fellows who opted for this method would
switch to own3d/justin.tv/twitch.tv; Xfire does not allow you to be paid for your time. On the
others, however, your pockets will swell with filthy lucre as you dive into your vast moat of money.
To make things even more ridiculous, our streaming section makes xfire defunct!
As I bring these glad tidings, let not tears enter your eyes; nay, merely a steely
resolve, as you join the glorious ubermenschen streaming from non-xfire sources.
If, however, you do not pay heed to this stern injunction, our agents shall acquire your scent.
Greetings time lost followers of hydramist!
It’s been fairly quiet for a while what with the recent lul in the game but good news is ahead!!
First of all i’m proud to announce that the hydramist streaming section is (finally) back with a twist! We’ve now added the option for everyone to stream on hydramist! Simply go to the stream page here and click signup, enter your name, armory link, streamlink and a short description of your stream and your request will instantly be pending approval from one of our staff!
The stream page is fairly simple to use, popular streamers will be automatically moved to our ‘featured streams’ section at the top of the page, these streamers will also have the option for additional benefits which will be decided at a later date. All other streams will appear in the lower ‘streams’ box. These can be filtered according to name, description, rating, viewer count and uptime duration. (streams will automatically be sorted by viewer count)
It will be possible to submit xfire, livestream, own3d.tv and justin.tv stream links, however we strongly urge streamers to avoid streaming on xfire for their own benefit. By streaming on xfire you are essentially giving all of your ad revenue to xfire/livestream. If you stream enough on own3d.tv or justin.tv then you can obtain partnership with these companies and make money yourself by streaming. You can find an xsplit setup guide here.
You can also help promote and build Hydramist by streaming on the hydramist channel on own3d if you so choose. Be sure to send a mail to ‘Hydra’ on the forums or at email@example.com with your own3d account name so you can be added to the channel, check instructions in the xsplit setup guide above to find out how to stream to the correct channel.
And now, a few words from sDawg
Well first of all: Sorry for the delay.
I know full well this has been ‘coming soon’ for months on end, and I’m primarily responsible for that along with some small issues with the code and design side of things.
The version we’re currently presenting to you should probably be considered a beta version of what we’re trying to achieve. At the moment we’re using a custom armoury scraper, which will do the basic job for the time being, but we intend on switching to Blizzard’s official API for the community platform to grab more information in a cleaner fashion. We’re also aware that the site itself isn’t exactly the most lightweight in regards to bandwidth and images, and while that is primarily our problem, we do plan to change this in the coming months providing everything goes to plan with the site and it’s reception.
For the time being, you will be able to submit your stream from Own3D, Justin.tv, Twitch.tv, and Xfire. If any other platforms arise which we should consider, we will obviously work to try and include the platform for you to stream on our site. We’re also relying on users who submit streams not to be screwing us around for the time being, so please try and provide correct armoury information and stream URLs, and let us know on the forums if anything you’ve submitted needs changing.
We would like to thank Pig2Cat for programming / coding the whole of the script, and being a Pig2Cat. We would also like thank Kaeyn for designing Version 1 of the streaming section.
Expect various changes to happen to the site during the first weeks of operation while we fine-tune, optimize, and implement new features into it.
If you encounter any bugs / errors / problems with the streaming portion of the site, or have any suggestions on what we can add in the future (we already have a big list ourselves) please let us know via the forums, and we will work to address them as fast as Pig2Cat possible!
RMP vs FMP
I’m sure by now most people are watching TERA Online. Coming out Spring 2012 for the UK and America, it’s a new Korean MMO with aesthetics not dissimilar to AION.
Hopefully however, unlike AION, TERA promises to bring something new to the MMO genre.
Like AION, it has practically naked women, huge weapons and a beautifully crafted fantasy setting, but it also has a new combat system that could make this new game much more engaging than popular MMOs such as World of Warcraft.
TERA isn’t like other games in the genre. You don’t target an enemy and mash buttons mindlessly in your set rotation as we’ve all become accustomed to. In TERA, melee classes have to make physical contact with an enemy for them to deal damage, ranged damage-dealers have to aim their abilities and healers have to target their allies to replenish their health.
I have always found it frustrating in MMOs that kiting so that the mobs make no contact with me never actually stops me from taking damage. I might take less, but even with a gap between us my health would still be depleting gradually. With TERA this should no longer be true. In fact normal mobs have their own tactics. Some you have to dodge a charge, others move out of area of effect abilities. This game could perhaps teach new players basic tactics so that instances won’t be so taxing if you’re teamed with them (although honestly, I’m not holding my breath).
Thanks to its skill-based combat, PvP in TERA also looks promising. So far there has been no word as to whether it is balanced, whether there will be open-world PvP or if you will be able to have multiple specs to allow for PvP, but from watching videos of duels it seems interesting. I’m not saying that it’s eSport material, but if they implement it well it could at least be damn good fun.
Currently TERA Online is undergoing westernisation. Supposedly they’re tweaking the gameplay and storyline, adding more quests to get rid of the grind so popular in Korean MMOs and generally making it more suitable (including making the clothing of a certain race more “PC”). I’m hoping that they won’t be changing it too much, as in Korea the rating of this game is 18+ thanks to the amount of blood pouring from your enemies and such – it would be silly to take the fun out of slashing mobs to pieces just for a lower rating, surely!
With public beta starting at the beginning of next year there’s a little wait to go but hopefully other games will fill in that gap.
Some of you may have already heard about it but there is a well known private server called Arena-Tournament which is still running the 3.3.5 Patch. They announced a tournament which is classified as “Melee/Caster/Healer tournament” (Hunters count as Melee), which means that you won’t be able to queue up if your team doesn’t consist of exactly those 3 types. The interesting part about this tournament is that they have brought up a money reward for the winners which will be transfered via paypal. The prizes are as following:
They are going to livestream the tournament in HD and additionaly the fights are going to be frapsed and released as a movie later on.