B Healthy @ Home

http://www.behealthyathome.com/

Not that it will do much good, but FWIW, I sent this to the BBB (they are not accredited even regardless). But they should not be able to treat patience this way. Invalid or not.

Been getting Physical Therapy for many years through Be Healthy @ Home. Good relationship with my therapist. I tried repeatedly to get them to offer me help for what I needed.

I needed:
– Oxycodone (narcotic Rx) for pain due to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
– IVIG and IV Steroid treatment prescribed by my specialists.

They SAY they offer in home nursing and in home IV Treatment. They do not. I had to go to another source for both which I have no received. As soon as I did this, they dropped me saying ‘Too many nurses licenses affected’. B Healthy does NOT DO ANY NURSING FOR ME!!! Only PT. That’s all they CAN do.

So I got the IV through another service and now B Healthy is dropping me without notice or warning. When I try to explain it, they still do not seem to understand. They claim a company called Brightstar is doing my nursing. NO, they did the IV. That is ALL they did. My General Practitioner was even HERE one day when they were doing the IV. Brightstar knows nothing else about me then the order they were given. And they did the IV treatment fine. I also had the steroids done by a company called IV Specialists. Again, they did no more then come out and poke me an IV and drop off meds and make sure I knew how to use them.

Be Healthy can’t seem to get this into their heads.

  1) B Healthy has done ZERO nursing for me. I TRIED to get them onboard, they don’t offer what I needed.

  2) B Healthy complains Brightstar is doing my in home nursing. NO. They only come in, poke the IV I was Rx’d and monitor me during treatment. Then they leave. THAT IS IT. It is NO different then going into an IV Outpatient service to get the same thing accept I can no longer easily or safely regularly drive myself due to my condition.

  3) B Healthy complains I have too much ‘nursing’ going on.
    a) B Healthy doesn’t do ANY nursing for me.
    b) Brightstar ONLY did the IVIG.
    c) IV Specialists ONLY did the IV Steroid.
    d) The ONLY other person I see is my GP.

No more ‘nursing’ but yet they dropped me due to that.

I’ve used them for quite a while now. However how ‘STUPID’ their central office is boggles the mind. Here are some of the major problems I have with them.

  1. they do not handle nursing needs of a general doctor however they also will drop you the second they find out you have a doctor.
  2. they do not cover narcotic Rx nore other therapies necessary for in-home treatment of conically ill people. EVEN though their own website might say otherwise.

I take Oxycodone for pain, a very strong, dangerous and street-common drug. I am a good patient, never sell or give my pills away, they are my own and I unfortunately need them. However to get them is insanely difficult. You can do it through your general practitioner or through a pain management doctor.

Problems with pain management :

  1. you have to pee every month, on queue this is almost impossible for me.
  2. you have to show up at the office every month. No car, also very difficult for me
  3. They only care about covering their ass and not you, the patient.

My GP retired and my insurance, United Healthcare, themselves helped me get a new GP through a company called House Call Doctors (http://www.hcdmd.com/). They are in network and covered and my new GP is now there. They also send out a nurse once a month to monitor my narcotic meds and they Rx my Oxycodone. Delivered to my door once a month. HEAVEN!!!

They also had an IVIG done. My Neurologist had SoluMedrol IV done the week before. All trying to get my nerves shrunk down and better. I asked B Healthy @ Home multiple times about how they would do in-home IV. Their services even say IV therapy. Just not SoluMedrol, IVIG, etc. apparently. Repeatedly they stated they do not do in home IV treatments or offer up narcotic medications to me via their central office number.

So why do I use B Healthy @ Home? Physical Therapy. They have in-home PT. My personal one, also a friend, to remain nameless for now, is phenomenal. I can’t speak for others.  Long ago I had another guy who wasn’t bad. They also do Occupational Therapy.

They also however send out a nurse every so often to make sure the PT/OT is doing proper, etc. I hadn’t seen a nurse for a few months. One comes out today, does a few things, then everything is instantly CANCELED.

I was told, we can not nurse with other in home services.

  1. they did not offer any of the other services I needed, including a full GP.
  2. they actually helped me get into this particular position because after repeated attempts to get THEM to help with things like in-home IV, etc, they ‘do not offer those services’.
  3. as soon as I got my own general practitioner, they dropped me instantly. So don’t have your own doctor and try to use their services… Even though.. my doctor is the one who REQUESTED their services (PT), etc… Does any of this make ANY sense to you?

You know, more and more I try to figure out what GOOD they really are (B Healthy @ Home). The only thing they can offer me was PT and OT. And then as soon as I got a doctor, they stopped that a second later. They could NOT (or would not, I asked multiple times, otherwise it would not have taken 3 months to get the Rx IVs finished) perform the in-home items prescribed by my neurologists or full fill the pain medication necessary for me to function.

I Love my current PT. Losing her would suck, but this company is SOO difficult to work with. I had three nurses from multiple different companies out here for the different IVs. No one had any issues with anyone else. At one time, two were here at the same time. One finishing paper work on one IV after it was over, one starting the next. But that’s apparently too good for B Healthy to deal with, with them, it’s them or nothing, and since they actually can’t do anything that was prescribed to me; FUCK EM!

I use them now for PT, or did. I have never used them for any nursing, their nurses only monitored PT. Their nurses couldn’t offer what I needed for doctoring. So there a go, if you need a tiny in-home treatment, they might work for ya. If you need anything more or complicated, RUN!

And what is the worst? They did not even ASK me anything. One day I had PT, the next day I find out I was ‘discharged instantly’ due to  multiple nursing services. No discussion, etc. They didn’t even do any ‘nursing’ for me, just PT and their nurses to monitor their own PT. THAT IS ALL. They WOULD NOT do what else I needed even though I always asked them first. Answer was always ‘We do not offer those services’.

House Call Doctors is my new GP. That means ‘General Practitioner’. But because of that, B Healthy @ Home pulled my therapy which was already approved through insurance, as was their own nurse coverage for the year for the few visits that remained since they came out once per quarter.

There ya go, from the mouth of a real patient suffering with terminal Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

This is the year Obamacare KILLS our family…

Obamacare sucks. Anyone who doesn’t think so really needs to step back and look at it from a sick person’s point of view.


Here is a prime example: Before this junk and for the last 20 years, I had the same medical insurance. And for the whole family, paid about $136/check for it. This year I’m paying almost $300 and the company pays a heck of a lot more even then they used to. And THEY are the ones paying the medical stuff, not the insurance company… I get a new wheelchair, work actually gets the bill, etc. I know this cause I’ve been “expensive” and done extensive work with our representatives at work and since learned how they do a lot of things. Heck, most of them are now on my friend’s lists…

So, 2016 open enrollment rolls around. No more EPO (HMO) plans… Designed by Obamacare, they are now impossible to get and no longer exist. For the healthy, this is probably an inconvenience. But for someone who relies on insurance, this is as deadly as a knife in the face. For Example; I need one to two MRIs a year at $15k each for head, neck, and thoracic to monitor my very aggressive and progressive Multiple Sclerosis. On my old insurance, this cost nothing… Go in, do it, done. Now I have to pay 20% this next year. So each one will run me $3k OUT OF POCKET!

On that same example, My medical insurance used to run me about $3536 a year with 26 pay periods. Next year, I have to switch to a horrible PPO which is 80/20 only AND on top of that, is set up to cost EXACTLY $7000 all year or $269.23 per check…

Then people talk about the maximum out of pocket, etc. which they say is nice (bull $#!%, it’s the reach around to go along with the @$$ raping you’re getting).. EPO had that too but even full hospitalization was only a $250 deductible. Ohh, and we hit our limit this year also FWIW, even on the EPO… Anyhow, now I pay 20%… So my last hospital stay which cost $150k, $30k of my money… But ohh, you cap out at the $5400 for family out of pocket expenses… LET’S LOOK AT THAT AGAIN!!!

$5400 + $7000 = $12400!!! I’ve always been good at math so let’s think here a second… 12400 – 3536 = (hmm, 4, then 0 to 9… 6…) $8864! That is how much MORE per year I have to pay for now significantly LESS coverage. And that’s only for 2016.. What happens AFTER?!? In 2015, I still paid my $7000 (convenient isn’t it per year) for my EPO but aside from co-pays, that’s it. And we’re having two surgeries this year!


Now let’s look on my boys. In the middle of all of this, we were gifted with twin boys, but they were born at 27 weeks and that was AFTER Kat spent a month in the hospital from premature labor.  They were 2lbs 6oz each and I could easily have carried one of them in my hand flat out. Their hands would not even be big enough to grab a pencil. And so began the 3+ months in the NICU for both of them and the fight for life!

Now they are two years old, but not before the $3.6 MILLION dollar hospital bill. My EPO, I didn’t pay one red cent…


Now, to me, something MOST IMPORTANT!!! Medical Equipment! I used to get new wheelchairs every 3 years. Right now I very much enjoy my TopEnd Terminator Titanium. It’s farily light weight, even in the heavy-duty version for my over-sized butt. PLUS, I now also have a Smart Drive from MAXX Mobility which cost nearly $6k. My last wheelchair cost $12.4k. We’re at $18.4k for my medical equipment.

The PPO now will only cover $5k/year and only at an 80/20%. I never paid a dime for any of my equipment. But now I can not even GET my equipment. Even if they had no limit per-say, they wouldn’t cover the items. How about my edema pumps… $5400. Compression leg items for daily wear without touching toes (so over sensitive it causes automated jerky reactions just to touch them) $500. Tens machine for the back $350.

None of that stuff cost me. It was all MEDICALLY necessary, with letters from doctors. And I hate much of it but I have to use it (getting shocked or sitting for 3 hours a day with my legs getting crushed… Wee.. that’s so much fun…). But I had to have it and insurance got it for me. Now I could NEVER afford most/any of it. Period. So WTF do I do when my next wheelchair dies, OR when I need a full-on power chair at the cost of $30k+!?!


If Obamacare never existed, I wouldn’t be in this situation. I’d have my really crappy condition, but my insurance to carry me though. I work hard and am insured and do so even in my horrible physical condition. Coming up soon, it might not even benefit me to continue working since I get no benefit out of that and it truly is so painful. Just go on full disability. I won’t be able to afford the wheelchairs to move around anyhow soon.

For a healthy person, it might seem like it’s a fine plan, but look at it from a very VERY sick person’s point of view. I’m not milking the situation for personal gain. Don’t you think I’d rather be able to drive again and bounce my kids on my knee instead of laying flat while they beg me to play with them? With pain in my hands so bad I can’t even hold my wife? But no, I need to pay significantly MORE money and not even get the care I truly NEED. Now when I need my insurance, it’s just not there anymore.

Thanks OBAMA! Jackass!


Where are we headed? If it doesn’t stop soon? Single-payer… Which leads to:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/07/health-care-rationing-death-panels?page=3

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/8698-healthcare-%E2%80%9Cdeath-panels%E2%80%9D-alive-and-well-in-britain

And that is just the very, very tip of the iceburg…

Windows 10

I’ve played with it and so far have ZERO reasons to switch…

Real benchmark tests, not fluffed up frills:

http://www.techspot.com/review/1042-windows-10-vs-windows-8-vs-windows-7/

Plus the Cortana issue; she is a massive data collection system that so far we have not found a way to uninstall her. You can disable her front-end but collection still goes on. Hence the ‘free’ upgrade. Right now I stay with 7.

HULU Plus

I used it years ago but quit due to various reasons. I went back for a free week to see what was changed, if anything. Unfortunately it seems not much is the answer.

I tested this on the phone app, on Windows systems running Firefox and IE and on Linux (Ubuntu) systems running FireFox.It didn’t take long for the problems to start. So here we go.

Videos simply refuse to start

Yup, you go to play, it goes through the intro, through the first startup add for the item, then black screen. And sits there. A few times I let it run and some 10 minutes later it suddenly took off. But most of the time I could let it sit forever and it never fired. I let it run overnight that way once, woke up to the exact same blackness in the window. One of the reasons I left in 2013.

Press ESC to exit Fullscreen Mode

Seriously… This is also still here. It doesn’t go away. Reload the page and sometimes you get it to disapear. However accidentally click during an add and have it go away and return to fullscreen again, odds are this is stuck on your screen now.

Video Hangs

Occasionally, on both Windows and Linux, fully upgraded to all the latest flash players, etc. The video simply freezes. There are artifacts on the top ~ 1/5th of the screen and the rest locks. Audio keeps going. You have to reload the page to get it to continue updating video again. Another FLASH problem.

Studdering playback on AMD graphics

A FLASH issue again, however NOT an issue on other sites. To fix this, simply turn off ‘Enable Smooth Video Playback’ in the CCC. My Nvidia systems do not have this problem, nore do my Linux boxes. However the Linux boxes suffer from vSync issues and tearing.

Audio Stereo Only

Seriously?!? I asked them about this and their reply: “It is too difficult and complicated to do more then two channels of audio over the internet. At this time, there are both technical and contractual issues to consider before we can surround sound options.”. Sorry but BULL SHIT. All of the other services do this, with full security lockdown, without any issues what-so-ever. But right now everything you watch in Hulu is either Mono or Stereo audio and that’s the end of it. They have no desire and see a need to address this right now although they did say that they “understand the demand”. Does that make any sense to anyone?!? Nope…

Then we get to content issues

I love OLD shows, however, the old ones they do have they have a few select episodes, a few seasons, etc. Not everything from start to end. So it’s a bit disapointing still. Wanna watch Knight Rider? You can see Season 1 only. Major Dad, OK that’s all there but it’s also free on http://www.nbc.com/classic-tv/. Can watch all of the first season of Knight Rider there also for that matter. This issue is duplicated all over. You can watch more or as much on the various channels classic sites.

However! Things like CBS, Wanna watch MacGyver? Too bad. They list it but you have to also pay to get the CBS All Access. They show they have it but they don’t. It is linked to the outside site from their site.

So what am I paying for again? One advantage perhaps, watching a CURRENT (only) show’s CURRENT (only) season and you’re too far behind to catch up on their site (often limited to 5 at a time only). Ohh, and do so with Stereo only, no surround which can be quite an issue depending on the program. But then again, other shows like Arrow, you get only 5, no more. And you suffer with stereo audio. Go to CWTV.com and watch them better anyhow.

Long ago I saw a product with Hulu, right now I just don’t see it anymore. Movies perhaps, but same Stereo issue and for movies, no thanks. Netflix is fine for that and not limited to Stereo. Ohh, and they have the HTML5 player working with full security lockdown just fine. No longer using FLASH… So does Youtube… FYI…

End of SWTOR

I’ve done everything and tolerated everything up to this point through all the shit but this I think is the last straw.

Primary reason: Absolutely NO in-game customer service. Every other game I even had GMs on whisper/friend’s lists… They do not exist in SWTOR to any level. Nor does any resemblance of in-game customer support.

Problem 1) Customer Service…

Or lack there of entirely. A few hundred accounts were hacked right on Christmas. OK, for various reasons, crap happens. It should be a simple issue of ‘Yup it happened, we know how and we need to fix it…’ Especially when it was their fault as it was this time.

To fix it, simple, restore all characters/items to that point in time, stored on the server backup systems. Simple and easy.

The problem; THEY CAN’T DO IT!!! A friend with more then a dozen affected toons to this day is still being ignored… Tickets get closed with ‘Issue Resolved’ on it and his toons remain empty.

That is just NOT acceptable…

Problem 2) People.

I had a discussion with someone today that swore up and down it didn’t matter what the gear was (level) as long as you had X enchantments of this type, etc. It doesn’t matter if you have the best min/maxed piece in a slot, if it’s not (for sake of discussion) alacrity, then you’re doing it wrong, regardless of what other gear you might ‘have’.

I also have gone through each piece, CRIT, SURGE, ALACRITY, etc. I have the same or less then said user, as well as the same other important stats, but my numbers (alacrity %, crit multiplier, etc.) are all 1-2 points larger. But I’m doing it wrong… So… Same stats (bonus damage/healing/etc., better secondary stats (crit, surge, alacrity), but I have too much of this or that and not enough of this just because I don’t have 6 enhancements that say this and my augments are that… I should instead buy garbage enhancements and run mainstat augments JUST because some website says that’s what you should run. That is one reason I do NOT look at the shit websites and use them as gospel for building, all-too-often they are incorrect or inaccurate unless you have an endless supply of end-game gear (you don’t, even with an exploit). I spend hours on the dummy changing gear, re-doing rotations, etc. to get the best numbers I can produce. I don’t run any macros and I have four working fingers on my left hand and two on my right. I don’t get many hot-keys either. But I’m almost ALWAYS in the top two on the DPS charts… but that’s not good enough apparently…

Instead of the website saying to run ‘850’ alacrity, ‘500’ crit, etc. Then they argue I don’t know how to play the toon cause my ‘setup’ is all wrong. This is all I hear anymore. Not ‘use augments to fill in where your gear is lacking’ as they are supposed to be. Unless you have the best possible gear in every slot, using the augments to tweak out your crit/alacrity/surge/etc to get it where it should be is the only way to get your numbers up. You lose out ONLY on damage and healing bonus numbers which, without everything else topped out, wouldn’t matter anyhow.

It’s like a tank without as many hitpoints… So my Vanguard isn’t nearly in maxed gearset, but I make sure his resistances are 50, 20, 45, 43 or better (especially shield absorb) with augments. Hit points are 51k at level 3. But the ‘guides’ I’ve seen all say to run only shield augments. HOWEVER, I noticed with all shield augments that I was 50, 18, 47, 36… Swap out a few shield which that point drops barely any to severely boost TWO other stats cause they aren’t at any apparent cap? It is the better thing to do to balance out the mitigation. I shield hits 7% better now and only 2% less often for swapping out quite a few augments. Someone who doesn’t actually test the information they find wouldn’t notice that. OR, should I do as everyone screams that he doesn’t have the hit points and put in all Fortitude augments. Sure I can get another 7k HPs out of doing that and my shield, absorb and defense would all be ~ 50, 15, 30, 30… Considering even shielding attacks in the new content I’m getting hit for 12k… that doesn’t make ANY sense to me. But this is what was discussed last night on another toon and more then one person swore I was doing it wrong…

SO, I spent all the comms to do it their way… Well guess what. On THAT toon, bonus healing dropped almost 120 points, crit went DOWN another 1.6%, alacrity stayed almost the same (within a few tenths) as did surge… I had a TON more endurance (pointless)… Now if I had just one or two more pieces of gear the right way, that might all change! BUT WITH WHAT I HAD, USING THE REAL PIECES AND NOT GARBAGE PIECES TO GET THE MOST POINTS OUT OF EACH SLOT POSSIBLE…

So HOW was ‘your’ way better? Min/Maxed gear perhaps… But not with ‘getting up to that point’ gear… Not at ALL!!! I had the best 192 gear I could get. Not even the crappy comm 192 gear (of which we have no comms for anyhow). But they insisted I drop all of that to get even worse crappy 186 gear (the problem here is my gear was say 78 crit and 111 alacrity, dropping to the worse gear meant mre endurance (useless) and 43 crit and 102 alacrity (if I remember accurately, not logged in right now)) to setup as the websites described as that’s the ONLY way to do it… Well there ya go. I can’t prove it wrong any more then that… I shouldn’t have had to but I wanted to be sure I wasn’t going insane… X points of alacrity get you X percentage of boost. X points in crit (along with mainstat, etc.) get you X percentage in crit chance. X points in surge get you X percent crit multiplier. AND THAT’S IT! Mainstat/power add up to bonus damage and healing. Once you’re at end game that will come up a touch, but you want to keep everything else up there while you get there or you’re not as effective. How about someone without enough Accuracy enhancements, sitting at say 96% melee accuracy, trying to DPS… Put some augments in there to get to 99+… As you get better/more enhancements, you can change them for power/mainstat augments… But instead people want to argue that’s not what the website says… That’s all they kept saying… Over and over…

And as for mainstat or power augments, maxed out to the limit, either one and your DPS/HPS is going to be extremely close. The rest is all about getting your stat points to an expected level, NOT following some stupid website, and NONE of that has anything to do with how you play your toon, just setting it up. So even pulling that card out is both childish and stupid. They tried that one too. ‘You want to argue against a X player?’ We are NOT talking about playing, we’re talking about setup and how the game works with gear… Playing is a whole other topic…

Problem 3) ‘Upgrades’

To go even further, you can’t play what you like. Want to play a slinger, you have to play it this way or you fail, sage, same, etc. Want to heal, have to play this… Tank, well a little more room there but. Melee DPS is almost useless in the new content for extreme DPS so why bother? They can’t balance DPS between even two DPS specs on the same class, let alone different classes, good God that will NEVER happen.

But that’s it, I’m pretty much done with this game. I might log in again if they ever actually get Customer Service to do actual work… but I hold little to no hope for the game anymore. It’s dead.

In the end, it’s all problem #1 that is the last straw. I can work through and ignore the rest but since I was typing… I can not tolerate #1 at any level regardless of game/name/etc. And this, again, is all EA’s fault. One in my guild and I both knew people at Bioware. One of their locations (the one close to me) is all but void now of people thanks to the EA buyout. Hell I haven’t been there in so long, they might have closed the doors all together by now and moved it all to EA house… The few that are left are all on EA’s payroll. But yet they claim that it is still a Bioware company. Please, how do you figure that?!? They don’t even have enough people to handle emergency tickets. I hear they are still working on November/December tickets… WTF!?!

I stopped supporting EA a LONG time ago. Refuse to buy any EA game, and THIS is exactly why!!! I let this one slip and while I had fun for years, now I regret it as simply another EA @#$%up.

Thief

Something I’ve waited for, for MANY years!!!

Benchmarked it with everything maxed out and 144Hz setup on my rig…

105.3 MAX FPS
77.0 AVG FPS

And that’s everything on Very High and AA on 16x (highest selectable).

I haven’t gone into the nvidia control panel and forced it all higher yet. Looks slick for now. Need to start playing!!!

I’ll also say this is the first game yet to make my GPU fan really spin up. I actually heard it! EEK

DEATH of SWTOR

Star Wars: The Old Republic

has been entertaining, but it has also finally killed itself off.You can see from my Youtube lineup that I’ve been in progression guilds since release. On the same server with guilds such as (and/or in guilds of the same) Messores Republic, Nerf Dialogue, Severity Gaming, to name a few…

Only one of these are still going. There are no other guilds worth joining on the republic side of our server. And the game being what it is, it’s pointless to redo everything on the imperial side, although I do have toons there also.

I run currently 9 55’s in end-game gear. My sage being the strongest. And I have 6 friends who want to do progression content but we can’t find the end of our ranks. We could fill in with DPS if I ran a tank, etc. however the way SWTOR is setup, you’re screwed if you do.

1) without giving them hard currency PER unit, items don’t transfer (Vehicles, pets, etc.) When I’m a collector, I want them all on one toon. But if I run progression on my tank (have been), I don’t bother collecting the items cause they just bind on pickup anyhow and I can’t even get them to my would-be main where I want them.

2) I can’t transfer sides like you could even in the real Star Wars universe. Right now the Empire is far more powerful on our server. If I want to take my main over there, I can’t. I should be able to go to the dark-side, no problem. But heaven forbid imps talk with reps or visa-versa; let alone RAID with them… Good god all mighty.

3) I can’t transfer servers without something like $12 PER toon. I have 12 active toons and EA doesn’t deserve a penny for this horrible-game. However, I have 7 toons on another PVE server instead and it’s just as dead… So what’s the point?!?

After trying for months to get organized, the entire group has said “Hell with this… let’s find another MMO” and all of them unsubbed. I was actually the first but my sub still is holding on till the first of Feb I think. However all of the diehards, including guys who would drop 2-300/month on the horrible idea of the Cartel Market are leaving, just because of the blind-sight of EA and company.

This is a huge reason why I never support EA games. This one was an exception cause I though Bioware would have a bit more pull. Apparently not. EA could have made TONS off this game for many years to come if they just got their shit together. Instead they went for the quick buck and it’s going to peter out REALLY fast. HA! on them. Glad they aren’t getting more $ from me. Sub since beta…

They went from dozens of servers, to ONE of each type in each area, and even now we can’t get enough to run more then a really piss-poor PUG (pick up group) for comms that don’t even do us any good anymore. We can’t get groups for the real content and PUGS are far too ‘stupid’ honestly. You might find one in 10 people who are very good but too many literally roll their faces on their keyboards. It’s an embarrassment to the MMO world honestly.

Enough paying for cheaters!

I enjoyed games like SWTOR for a long time. Fun MMOs. They introduced a new space fighter game and within days, there’s hacks. Targetting people WAY out of range with missiles, targetting through objects and protected effects, etc.

I’m sick of it and not paying for a company that doesn’t care about it’s core players. I did unsub.One of my close friends in this game refused to let me run away… He tricked me and got me 3 60-day cards. His choice but I wasn’t giving them my $ anymore…

Why MMOs fail… SWTOR

While not a failure per-say, it’s hardcore crowd is leaving in droves. Simple reasons and I KNEW this would happen with the ‘expansion’. They would make the end-game content pointless. And it is. Plus they added a capping system to ‘comms’ used to purchase gear and a microscopic limit to that. Things like this just destroy the MMOs we used to love. Here’s the problems…

Problem #1) Content

There just isn’t any. And what there is they keep ‘leveling’ themselves out of. I KNEW if they increased the level cap they would otherwise break the game and that is exactly what they did. They went from 4 entertaining ops to do down to 2 to do and 3 that never get done again. Just like World of Warcraft, boss content that is wasted and never used.

Problem #2) People

People are bored with the content and leave the game. I was in the US’ Republic first 16-man content guild at one stage in the game. We kicked butt and did it fast and effectively with about 25 people online at any given time. Toward the end we had at MOST 12 people online ever. We were on ‘Prophesy of the Five’ server and eventuality they went to a different server to join with a different guild (although I didn’t go. That guild turned out to be very selfish and I have better things to do then feed the monster. I want to play with friends not jerks and selfish pricks.) just to continue raiding simply because there was NOONE left on our server worth a damn accept the one guild that every reject in the game that was /gkicked was sent to (Severity). Sure they have numbers but they also have a lot of people that we do not want anything to do with (and some good ones but, the bad outweight for many of us). But even now, writing this, they have no people online… During peak hours they may have enough people to field a raid though…

Problem #3) Servers (the big one)

MMOs have not had to be SERVER based since original EQ. Server tech has evolved to the point where they can develop random server needs on the fly as they need them (and SWTOR sort-of does already with instances and areas developing new versions when there are so many people, etc. There are no need for ‘servers’. And the way ‘Star Wars’ itself plays, There is no need for PVE/PVP servers itself either accept to allow gankers. I happen to be on a PVP server and the only thing we see are gankers. There is NO world PVP at all, period… it’s pointless.

There should just be ONE login server. PVE style, period. (Sorry RP people, or maybe a separate RP server also… but even I used to do that and gave up because non RPers go there and ruin the experience for everyone so what’s the use… Just play…) THEN people would be able to find guilds worth a crap… and play… and stay… Not unsubscribe due to boredom as I’m doing right now.

Problem #4) Just Nothing To Do

Week long lockouts on everything is just double-stupid…

The BIGGEST thing… After you’re all done with everything, there is just NOTHING left to do at all… You sit around, picking your nose in your min/maxed 72 (75, whatever the current level gear is). There is just nothing else to do. No flash points for comms, etc. Once you’re doing flashpoints for end gear, there is nothing else TO do, period. So you have 2 ops to run and nothing else. BORING!!!

Plus, we get some people together to do something finally and one guy did something earlier and we can’t do it… Lockouts are RETARTED! Get rid of em! They are destroying the game for everyone else. We don’t give a shit how fast people can level/gear.


Problem #5) Imps vs Reps

Ok, this fits into the Star Wars thing sure, however for the extremely limited player base, this doesn’t work anymore… Now I have my parked sage I’d like to play with all his vehicles and pets, but I’ve been on the imp side. There should be a ‘switch sides’ quest you can only do say once a week or something… to go back and forth… Cause this is double-stupid… I have a toon I want to play, and literally can’t just cause he’s too heavily geared and just NOONE to play with unless I want to run around doing nothing flashpoints for no purpose. At least on the imp side there are a few guilds I could join still to do something…

So then the question is; WHY IS ANYONE STILL PLAYING?!? I really wanted to enjoy this game. I had MANY end-game toons.