Steven-Elliot Altman claims to be the story writer of the 9Dragons story. But, like everything else he claims to be, that´s not fully true. The 9Dragons story was originally written by Wuxia novelist Jwa Baek, and Steven-Elliot Altman was “hired” by Acclaim to “rewrite” it. But Steven-Elliot Altman didn´t rewrite anything. What he did is called translating.
Since Steven-Elliot Altman is back on 9Dragons (that was sometime in 2009) a lot changed… in a bad way. The players complained a lot about Bugs, Communication issues with the Acclaim staff, and of course the expensive Item Mall, which you need to survive in this game. But instead that he listened to his players (the ones which pay his salary) he just made it worse. With Steven-Elliot Altman´s words: “If you don´t use the Item Mall, you are at the wrong place” and a little add by me: “…and you should quit this game immediately.“
Steven-Elliot Altman´s interest is money. Not to fix “his” game, neither to satisfy his players, the ones which pay his salary (yes I know, I said it again. But this can´t be said enough times). And such a person wants to start his very own MMORPG: Cursed Love
In the Facebook page of Cursed Love we can read the following:
Cursed Love is a Free To Play Gothic Horror MMORPG from Dark Hermit Studios due to release in late 2010.
Yes, you read right. “Dark Hermit Studios”. And, how you all know our dear Steven-Elliot Altman, it will be indeed a “free to play” game, but most probably not really playable for non-paying players and non-Item Mall users.
Game Story by bestselling horror author Steven-Elliot Altman, who is also the writer and game director of Acclaim Games’ award winning, 10 million player strong, MMORPG 9Dragons.
Sounds good, but:
– Steven-Elliot Altman is not a real bestseller. Check where you want.
– Steven-Elliot Altman is not the writer of the 9Dragons story, only the translator. The 9Dragons story was originally written by Jwa Baek (shame on those who steal from others).
– 9Dragons is not 10 million players strong. Half of it are goldseller spammers, and almost all of the other half are people who quitted 9Dragons already because of the incapacity of the so-called “game directors”. In fact, the server Asura got approx. 200~300 active players, the server Nirvana got approx. 500-800 active players, and the server Bardo got approx. 1500-2000 active players (on events). I know, I know. This will be another “conspiracy” for our lovely trolls.
– 9Dragons indeed won some awards. It was back in 2006, and the award giver was mmosite.com. The website mmosite.com actually gave 9Dragons the best PvP, graphics and storyline awards. But the one for PvP was before the Chi Kung Artist role (also called Nuker) was overpowered like it is today.
So, what will Cursed Love be?
The 9Dragons veterans know:
It will be an Item Mall focused MMORPG, with a bad leadership without any interest of statisfying the players, but with a big interest on getting money.
Some may say now “Seriosly, Steven, go back to Hollywood”. But I would rather like to end this article with Steven-Elliot Altman´s own words:
“We are the monsters that we have been hunting for!” – You are right, Dark Hermit.
Legend – The Son of The Vagabond