Post Departure Post

Ok, so this feels a little awkward.

This is my first post after my departure from mobiusgames.

I’ve decided to continue keeping this blog. I guess, on the upside, I can now blog about games outside of mobiusgames, now that I’m technically an impartial (ha!) game blogger. Previously, to avoid getting the company in trouble, I refrained from blogging anything against (or in favor of) games under other publishers.

But, hey, chumps, no one can hold me down now… hehehehe!

Ok, first casualty: Grand Chase from LevelUp. Is it just me or is this just like Rakion watered down for kids? Apparently, its selling points are:

  • it’s a fighting game
  • it’s free to play
  • you can play as a team fighting against another team (a.k.a. Team Deathmatch in Rakion)
  • you can play on “Survival” mode, which is a free-for-all last-man-standing mode (or “Solo Deathmatch” as it’s known in Rakion).

Now, isn’t that everything you love about Rakion in the first place? Except Rakion‘s in full 3D, and the maps are fully rotating. PLUS, Rakion’s got more modes: there’s Golem War, Boss War, Stage, Team Deathmatch, and Solo Deathmatch. [1]

Why go for something safe, when you can go all the way in the most extreme online brawling game?

Also, show some love, chumps: check out the Rakion GM’s blog!

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OJT na Cool at Masaya

Naghahanap ka ba ng OJT na cool, at masaya? Meron ba non? Sagabal ba ang pag hahanap mo ng OJT sa paglalaro mo?

Gusto mo bang maging part ng team mobiusgames pero kasalukuyan ka pang nag-aaral?

O baka may kilala kayong naghahanap ng pwedeng pag-OJT-han?

Well, eto ang sagot dyan:

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Dibidiser

Behold!

It’s the upcoming new set of items for the hottest strategic action mmog in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia!

So far, the Rakion blog from team mobiusgames hints that the new patch will have themed sets for all character classes. No word yet on their prices, and availability. There are hints that the new set items will come with a new patch that’s going to be called “A Whole New World” or “Aladdin”, they’re still being mysterious about it.

So, Rakionistas, alert. Blurk (blog lurking, hehehe) around the I Hug Noobs blog for more details and updates!

Hmm, any comments on the new set items?

mobiusgames under siege

In a couple of days, I would have been working for mobiusgames-dme for 5 months. 5 months of online games, SEO tricks and tips, promos, events, copies, blogs, of traffic going home, and early morning hostility on the MRT.

Yesterday, our CEO, Scott Countryman, threw this question at us: “What do we do here in mobiusgames? What is Digital Media Exchange?” and he said we should be able to answer this even if it’s our grandmas asking.

So, I would like to start a new series here in my gaming blog and call it “mobiusgames means”.

So, what does mobiusgames do?

mobiusgames saves lives:

Peter* is a mobiusgames player who was at the right server, at the wrong time.

One of our games support specialist once received a call regarding Peter’s account. Unfortunate as it may be, Peter was banned for trading items illegally. Our specialists studied his case thoroughly, and the evidence was against Peter’s claim.

A few days later, we received another call. It was Peter’s mother, and she was begging us to grant his son access back to his account. It was then that Peter’s story was told…

Peter was one of the millions of out-of-school youth in the country. With so much free time in his hands, and his OFW mother’s disposable income in his bank account, Peter made the acquaintance of a certain abuse-prove substance called cocaine. As the addiction of choice of rockstars the whole world over, coke made Peter think he was a hero, a magical, mystical, mothereffing hero who turns into a pink dragon of love, and angst.

From then on, Peter’s life took a downward spiral. He woke up each day needing coke more and more; and he was beyond being a casual user, hell, no. He was hooked. He was snorting grams by the double digits, and was passing out for entire days.

One by one, everything his mother worked so hard for after his father’s death disappeared. Well, not into thin air, apparently. Peter was pawning them for quick dough. Quick dough for his daily fix.

Until one day, Peter had nothing left. He had sold everything, including the mobile phone his mother left him so she could call him over the weekends. The only thing of value left in his pockets was his last hit, the few remaining coke he had until he ran out.

And like many addicts before him in the history of time, Peter did the only thing he could do: snort his last, remaining coke to stop worrying.

At that state, Peter went out of their house. Barely coherent, he started walking around. People in their neighborhood knew him as a slave of his addiction, and they cast dirty stares at him. Peter swore them off, calling them by all the obscenities he knew.

Then, he saw an old lady standing by herself near the corner. Peter felt like all his problems were solve, for he was under the influence, and he was over all reason. Peter approached the old lady, and grabbed her purse.

The old lady, helpless as she was, screamed for help, and in an instant, the mob was upon Peter. They beat him so badly, the medico legal documented a broken jaw, grave bruisings, and some internal bleeding. His right leg was also broken in several places.

Within the week, his mother arrived home to see her precious child, her little Peter, all black, blue, and banged up by drugs legal and abused. She broke down upon seeing him.

The doctors ordered complete rest for Peter. And as he was under their exclusive watch and care, they managed to rehabilitate him of his addiction as well. Peter went cold turkey, and fortunately for him, he couldn’t stand on his legs long enough to even try to escape.

It was in that hospital that Peter met Rye. Rye was a student nurse, and he was on his last month of hospital duty prior to graduation when Peter was brought in. Rye was a player who was nursing his own addiction: an addiction to MU Online, the classic RPG title from mobiusgames.

“What’s that?” Peter asked.

“This?” Rye gestured to the CD he was holding. “Is an installer of the game that will change your life. It’s called Mu. Have you tried Diablo II?”

Peter grinned through his healing jaw. “I knew several diablos, my friend.”

Rye shook his head, smiling. “I mean the game. The game Diablo II. Haven’t you heard of it?”

It was Peter’s turn to shake his head. “Nope.”

“Well… just install this on your PC when you get home. And when you do start playing, look for a Blade Knight named Wheatus on Bahr.”

Peter forgot all about the installer.

Until half a year later, and extensive physical therapy and exercises helped him regain control of his legs. Peter was trying to live clean, trying to get back his life. He was in a computer shop typing his resume when he saw an icon that looked familiar.

It was then that a faint whiff of hospital smells, of antiseptics and brought flowers, of bleached sheets and cool steel, haunted him. He remembered a boy Rye, and bandages on his jaw. He remembered the cast on his leg, and the bruises on his heart.

Mu Online… he thought. Wheatus on Bahr… he murmured. He double clicked on the icon, and whole new world opened up to him.

Which is how Peter discovered the lost continent.

A year later, Peter was accused of stealing hacked items. He claimed a friend made him store several valuable weapons, and he had no idea they were stolen from someone else. We explained to him how mobiusgames feel sorry that his friend caused him this much trouble, but we had no choice but to follow protocol, and Peter accepted his fate. Peter understood that to be fair to everyone, rules must be applied in all instances that they are applicable.

His mother, on the other hand, was scared.

She was scared her son would go back to an old “friend”, an old addiction. His mother was afraid of waking up to another nightmare, another sad tale of spiraling downwards. She had enough, she couldn’t take another slip from her son.

What she didn’t know, though, that Peter was a changed man. Peter went to his mom, placed an arm around her shoulders, and hugged her.

“Everything’s going to be all right, mom,” Peter said, thinking of another game title which Wheatus mentioned the last time they partied together. “I’ll just be playing Rakion for a while.”

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*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved.

Dedicated to the dedicated games support specialists of mobiusgames. Definitely, the most abused lot.

Soccer Mania!!!

As we draw nearer to our Open Beta stage for GONG!, everyone hear in the office is starting to get more and more excited. Which is why I’m sharing these awesome videos for you guys to enjoy as we all get in the mood. (First one’s a must see, then there’s more after the jump. Click the link to see ’em)

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WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!

Check it out! It’s the new omnibus poster for mobiusgames representing all the games you can play via mobiusgames.net !!!

How many game titles can you identify in this poster?

Watch out for it in your favorite iCafes!!!