TERA offers stress test rewards for this weekend’s console beta

    
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The open beta for TERA’s console edition has arrived, and as a result, the developers want the servers under pressure. It’s the only way to be sure that when the game launches they can handle the mass of players logging in, after all. So how can you help with that? Get into the open beta and stress the heck out of those servers, obviously. There’s even a schedule of specific stress windows just for logging in and staying logged in on Saturday and Sunday (March 10th and 11th, don’t you know).

Players can also earn rewards by getting up to the open beta level cap of 38 during the open beta period. In fact, you’ll earn rewards for every 10 levels you reach, but the best rewards are reserved for those at level 38. So get into the game, stress those servers, and start pushing yourself to the level cap. It’s how you win fantastic prizes, after all.

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Jack Pipsam

I hope Digital Foundry does a video going over the console performance, would be interesting.

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Xijit

Playing it right now & can confirm that it is shit: server has de-synched on me three times in 20 minutes.

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Xijit

And now the whole game crashed while loading in the capitol city.

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Denice J. Cook

Er, not to interrupt the inevitable Tera-induced pedophilia discussions, but are they doing a server wipe after this stress test? I’m assuming so, however, will all the goodies players earn stay on their accounts for launch? I’d think so, but I’m just double checking.

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LoL, level 38?!?!?

If they are going off the current PC leveling curve, you can hit that in less than a day of lazy grinding.

If they are going off the launch leveling curve … Well, then I will actually be playing this version (while pretending that the pedo bear / Lollicon racial pairing isn’t a thing).

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Utakata

The best thing to do is /ignore it if you can, rather than to pretend it doesn’t exist. And remember it’s not what makes this game tick. Nor is every player who plays this game into that…for what’s that’s worth.

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The problem for me wasn’t the actual loli-con characters … it was that the Developers actually went so far as to make “Pedophile Bear” the mated partner to the Jail-Bait-esk Lolicon girls.

I know they tried to mute this out in the western release, and honestly it doesn’t even have any effect on gameplay, but it is still like “Dude, you guys are not 4chan internet trolls, shitposting from your helicopter mom’s basement: you are a major developer shipping a multimillion-dollar entertainment product, and you think it is ok to invest shit loads of time and money making an entire player race based on a Meme that trivializes child molestation?!?!?”

So, yeah, it is really about the developers more than the actual content & I do my best to not touch anything Bluehole is associated with … I just wish I didn’t like the combat mechanics of TERA so much.

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Utakata

I don’t really know why the devs did this. Nor is it the first game I’ve seen this done. Perhaps, they treat it as a pure fantasy…with the understanding that players shouldn’t be doing this near school playgrounds. It is obvious that has generated some revenue for them regardless, or they would of dropped it otherwise.

I will agree though, it’s degrading having to deal with it. Or getting Roy Moored in /whisper chat because I like playing the small races in question. But none of the less I plug along, and hang out with other players who don’t share or show creepy/boundary issue affections for the under aged. Just saying.

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Weilan

I think the developers don’t know about meme and other idiotic stuff like that. It’s a Western thing, just because there is an animal character doesn’t mean there is a connection. You’re the one making this connection.

I don’t know why the little girl characters exist in this game and some other Asian games, I really despise them, because it breaks the immersion. Maybe the developers really are expecting a bunch of mental chodes to play the game so that’s why they added them.

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no, I did not & yes they did: don’t try to give me that crock of shit that Korea is just too stupid to know how to internet & it was a pure accident that Pedo Bear got put in as the male version of the Elin.

and also don’t try to tell me that they are not a m/f pairing: The PoPori & the Elin share the same Male / Female slots in the character creator as the other races with Male / Female genders (Aman, Castanic, Elf, Human), unlike the Baraka who have their own slot, and others have confirmed that in early beta the Popori were actually named “Male_Elin.”

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Yoshi Senpai

So you know enough to know what placeholder name they used but are completely clueless about the lore you’re freaking out about…

The popori are animal spirits created by a goddess who also created the Elin. The two are like forest guardians.

No sex involved.

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I don’t care what the lore is: the reality is that the developers paired up super sexualized little girls with the icon for child molestation.

Doesn’t matter what the made up lore is, and I already said that it really doesn’t have any effect on game play mechanics; what really matters is the real life humans, in real life land, decided to include content in their product that endorses real life sexual assault … and on top of just regual sexual assault, it is sexual assault of a child.

Yeas, there are plenty of people (both male and female) out there like our own Utakata (who is always a lovely and positive contribution to this site) that want to simply enjoy the characters (both Popori and Elin) as whimsical and asexual … but the fact remains that this situation has got some very dark elements to it, and there is no small number of people out there that embrace them & only play the game for those elements.

I really have no interest on passing judgment on anyone who wants to play the game (except for the actual pedophiles: fuck them) for what it is and not dwell on what does not affect the gameplay … Note that I also already stated that I myself quite enjoy the gameplay of TERA and would play it quite a bit more, were it not for the moral objections I have.

… But I do pass quite a lot of judgment on the developers who created this situation & then continue to endorse it with additional content that sexualizes them even further, for profit.

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Yoshi Senpai

Woodland creatures are molestation icons… k, dude. If they were all bears sure, but I see more racoons and puppy dogs than I see the bear model.

Also why do you keep saying they are paired? In lore they come from the same god and in a closed beta they had a placeholder name, but the finished product has no hint at all that those two races are linked in anyway besides the lore you dismiss that says they both guard the forest and come from the same god.

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I am all fired up over this now, so I am having trouble keeping my inner troll in check and not being shitty … But sarcastic is no problem: Appearantly you can selectively read well enough to cherry pick & wilfully ignore the rest: try rereading with your personal interest filter off and I am sure that you will find there really isn’t much I wasn’t clear on … Including what my personal bias on this issue is about.

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Yoshi Senpai

If you are unable to keep cool about this then we can both walk away, but I think it is silly to believe a game developer would put in the game a whole race to make a meme out of sexual assault on children.

Saying the loli thing is gross is understandable, but just because there is an animal race that includes a bear near a child-like race doesn’t equal pedobear memes. At least not from Bluehole; only from immature kids who would make that joke if they see any bear.

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Utakata

That looks like a Porg, btw. o.O

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How long ago did the rewrite the starter zone & pretty much the opening premis of the game?

I am playing the ps4 version and it is frankly like playing like a completely diffrent game.

Not really in a good way … Controls are stiff, the character models are shit low poly (like SWKTOR grade) with nearly cell shaded looking textures, and the over all experience feels more like playing “Fable Online.”

I guess one good side effect is that I can’t really complain about the over specialization … The character models are such crap that the Elin’s signature hip gyrations just look comical.

… I even had to pull up some youtube videos just to compare and make sure my memory wasn’t just that far gone.

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Utakata

That’s what they’re supposed to be, but devs (Bluehole)seem to have “other” intentions for them. As well as certain players.

I personally play them with lore myself. But it’s very difficult to maintain when others are waving their lolifications in your face, with stuff they got off the cash. Created by devs who are helping to enable this crap in the first place. It’s becoming very off putting and disheartening to see this to be frank. /sigh

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Weilan

This changes nothing. Have you talked to Koreans or any other east Asians? Have you watched Korean streamers talking in English itneracting with our community? I bet you haven’t if you’re so sure in your opinion.

Go on Twitch and watch the streams of the Official Black Squad. The streamer is working for Neowiz streaming every week speaking in English and interacting with the Western community, because they are the main customers. You will see how clueless you are after that.

Asians live in their own world and they have their culture, they aren’t interested in Western culture beyond The Beatles, Elvis and the Eiffel Tower.

What makes you think they give a damn about stupid Western “memes” just the fact that they are part of THAT part of the internet means how insignificant they are. And the fact that you are making a big deal about “memes”, means you are probably between 14 and 17 years old to think that “memes” are a big deal. No, they aren’t, adults and normal people don’t care about them.