Worst Mascot Ever?

Last night, I tweeted about Mavs Man from the Mavericks vs. Pacers game.

Not many people know about Mavs Man outside of Dallas.

I’d trade Mavs Man for Shawn Bradley’s old jersey.

He has to be the worst mascot ever. Right?
He/She/It didn’t even make the worst list when I Googled it.
Apparently, we have 2 mascots. I was originally thinking of trading Mavs Man to Greendale.

I love The Human Beings. Not creepy at all.

Now I want to trade both Maverick’s mascots for the Greendale Human Being and Green Man.

Then the magic happens.
By magic, I mean, giving kids night terrors.

DC Universe Online, Not Available

Reinstalled.
I got the exact same response.
Open.
Crash.
My entire time with Sony Online Entertainment Tech Support started 1/12 and went through 1/24 at which I had them cancel my subscription.
3 tickets with SOE.

1 ticket with Steam.

I had this same problem with SOE when Star Wars Galaxies came out. They are 0/2 with me and I may never play a game with them again.

I was able to discover what was initially causing the crash. It was a USB connection that once removed allowed the game to start up fine. Then it would crashed in game. Any transition between actual game play and anything else just led to my PC locking up. I got to play up to level 6 but playing during level 1 play I had to hard reboot 3x.

I did enjoy the game. I enjoyed the character creation. I like the idea that you can pick hero or villain and that they “study” under a DC hero/villain. In game combat was more built for a console so I see why the PS3 would be a better choice for the game. RPG are really for the PC. FFVII was the only RPG I enjoyed on the console. I played as a villain under the Joker. I got through the first 6 levels and played alongside Catwoman and beat the shit out of Huntress. It was fun and that’s my .05 review.

It wasn’t fun enough to upgrade my system just to play. I shouldn’t have to do that when my video card is listed as approved by SOE.

[03:31:19 PM] ClayHarrison soe: explain my my card is listed here http://help.station.sony.com/cgi-bin/soe.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=27365
[03:32:13 PM] TSR Andy D.: Because the higher tier 2xxx series cards are supported, but yours is not.
[03:33:08 PM] ClayHarrison soe: then it should say 25** or higher not 2*** cause that’s my card
[03:33:46 PM] TSR Andy D.: While I tend to agree with you, it is not something I have control over.
[03:34:00 PM] TSR Andy D.: I do apologize for the misunderstanding, but there is unfortunately nothing else we can do.
[03:34:27 PM] ClayHarrison soe: But you obviously see the error
[03:35:03 PM] ClayHarrison soe: and the “misunderstanding” cost me 50 bucks and a weeks worth of troubleshooting when it NEVER WAS GOING TO WORK!
[03:36:53 PM] TSR Andy D.: If there isn’t anything else I can assist you with, I do need to help the next customer.
[03:37:05 PM] ClayHarrison soe: admit the error
[03:38:47 PM] TSR Andy D.: As already stated, the minimum requirements in both the main Knowledge Base article and Steam both state that an x1950 or better is required. Your card does not meet this, so it will not work.
[03:39:28 PM] ClayHarrison soe: As already stated, the link I provided did have my card listed.
[03:41:14 PM] TSR Andy D.: I have to assist the next customer now, Thanks again for contacting Sony Online, and have a great day!
[03:41:18 PM] ‘ClayHarrison soe’ disconnected (‘Concluded by Agent’).

I contacted Steam about a refund. They make it really simple. I felt if I explained myself then I had a chance. They asked for documentation of the attempts to resolve the problem with SOE. I did. I wasn’t given a refund but I was given store credit.  I really appreciate that Steam took the time and read what happened and did at least this. I’ve talked and spread the word about how awful my experience was with SOE and hope people don’t support them. I like their product but their documentation was shit and the didn’t help the customer at all.

DC Universe Online, Not Available on the Atari 2600

I’ve been waiting for this game. I tried City of Heroes but it was unstable on my machine at the time. I get more frustrated with PC games than anything.

Updates.

Patches.

Drivers.

I grew up with an Atari 2600. If the game didn’t work, we blew in the cartridge and tried it again.

Then I played WoW for a long time. Little to no issues. I stopped to save some cash and looked forward to DC Universe Online. The November launch was delayed and all of a sudden I see it’s going live 1/11/11. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get it day one but Lori talked me into it. I stopped by Best Buy to pick up a copy.

Not one single copy was on the shelf. I would have asked someone in the PC department but they were all busy. I took a prepaid box to Customer Service and waited. I saw they have multiple copies behind the counter and of the Special Edition as well. So when I get there I say “You don’t have any copies of DC Universe Online out. I would like to buy a copy you have over there.”

“Those aren’t available. They are all on hold for customers.”

I must have given the biggest WTF look to him because he said “That’s all we got.” So cash in hand and they wouldn’t take it.

So I went home and bought it through Steam. 7 hour download. I just let it run overnight.

Today I get home hoping to play. 8.8 GB patch. Really?!?! The day after the release and you dump this on the user? I download that and kick off the game.

You need to create a logon at the site. And set up monthly billing. OK? Got it? Done? Kick off your game now.

Wait. System check needs to verify your install.

READY? Click OK to start. *click*

Nothing.

Well, it was a lot of changes. Reboot and let’s try.

NOTHING!

FUCK!

So I hit the support site and the forums. Little help from the forums and ZERO help from the Knowledge Base. The closet thing I find is a thread of ATI graphic card users that downgraded their driver to an older version and it worked with the game. I try it with rebooting. Nothing. I open an online ticket and call at the same time. 40 minutes later I’m told “I will send you a new installer. Uninstall the current version and use this.” I also had to uninstall Flash.

So I remove the game and launch the new installer. 12 GB download.

So 1 day after I bought the game I am still waiting to play. The insulting part is the interface for it tells me I’ve been playing for 101 minutes.

I have 30 days before I’m charged for the 1st monthly fee. I’m not even sure I’ll make it that far. I wish I just had a cartridge instead.