Everytime the people complain about 9Dragons, Acclaim’s answer is “we are not the developer, we are only the publisher“. But let me ask you a simple question: Why are/were there better 9Dragons versions than the Acclaim one?
It’s not a secret that Acclaim always want something special, over and over again. They wanted an own story, and a run-of-the-mill-author wrote an own one (but that’s only a myth. Steven-Elliot Altman just translated it, changed some words, added some little things, and it was done. And an “own” story was never there. Or did you see it once?). Indy21 updated their gameplay and changed the stat system, but Acclaim wanted to keep the old one. Indy21 made new weapon sets which would replace ALL old weapons, but Acclaim wanted to keep both. Indy21 made a new interface, but Acclaim wanted to keep the old one. And you wonder why there are so many bugs?
How I explained already thousand times: Each publisher chooses what, how and when he wants something. Another example is also the Tibet map. While some other versions already purchased the Tibet map, Acclaim wanted to keep their money (no matter if the players were tired of the same stuff) and wait with the purchase till the mayor bugs were fixed. But still: Every new thing brings bugs in Acclaim’s version, while other versions never had those. And just because Acclaim want to keep the old stuff. How lame do you have to be to tell your players to wait with dungeon runs and weapon refinement after new patches…?
The old Interface gives a lot of trouble and causes many bugs. Also the stats are all messed up. The new stuff just wasn’t made for working with the old stuff. But Acclaim doesn’t care: The only thing that matters is the money. No matter if the players are disappointed or not.
In 2006 Acclaim and Indy21 promissed you the advanced clans. Two of them are neutral (don’t even think about to argue about that…) and one is “black”. But the stuff which was ever made was from the original development team. The “new” one never really worked on it. I can tell you how it originally was:
The Union of Noble Families Clan is neutral. The Disciples of Iron Fist Clan is neutral, but affiliated with the Shaolin Clan (and only the Shaolin Clan). And the Black Dragon Clan is a black clan, but “black as midnight on a moonless night”. This means, the Black Dragon Clan would be not only an enemy to the white clans, but also for the normal black clans and every neutral clans/path.
This is already a long while ago. But will they really appear one day? My bet: No. Before the advanced clans will come ingame, Duke Nukem Forever will get released. And this is a game which is in development since 1997.
I know meanwhile why Hermit and Fugen didn’t let me participate on the Vagabond Event. It was already clear then (for the Acclaim employees) that Playdom will most probably acquire Acclaim Games, and so they didn’t fear any lawsuit from me. And they were right. Since Playdom acquired Acclaim Games, I’m not sure if I shall sue Acclaim Games. A class action lawsuit would be the best for this, but it’s a bit difficult to start that here in europe against an american publisher. But this doesn’t mean that I give up. Hell… Who am I? No way. I will not give up. I gave you my word that I will give Hermit and Fugen a big kick in their asses, and I will!
Also, since this shall be my last part of this article, I shall let you know what “Legend is out” means: This doesn’t mean I’m gone. It also doesn’t mean I don’t fight anymore against Acclaim. This only means, I will not hunt every single stupidity from Acclaim, just to post it here. If somebody contact me and ask me for help against Acclaim, you can bet I will help. When I know by chance anything new which is worth to post here, you can bet I will. And when I got some news about anything else, you can bet I will do that.
Oh no… My work against Acclaim isn’t over yet… I will stay calm and just wait for the right time… And then, when Steven-Elliot Altman and Josh Levitan least expect it, I will kick them so damn hard in their asses that they wish to never have… Oh well, that’s just smalltalk. But be assured, I will keep working on it, even if you don’t hear anything from me.
And for those which call us “Trolls”, I got something for you guys. A little picture which fits perfect in our situation (so don’t steal that too, like you steal our words, dear Acclaim-Followers… Try to use your brain a bit more):
Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
Legend – The Son of The Vagabond