Thanks, “Duke the Ripper!”

So I recently made a new friend on Philippine Ragnarok Online, Valhalla Server in the name of “Duke the Ripper”. He’s a Shadow Chaser with the Rogue skill, Scribble.

So how did I meet him? I was walking around Prontera when I saw graffiti on the ground saying, “Amalayer”. It caught my attention since it was the height of a nationalized social issue that circulated around social networks. Anyway, I was amused by the scribble that I asked Duke the Ripper, who was sitting nearby, if I could take a screenshot. I think he didn’t understand that I meant to take a screenshot of the scribble that he did since he asked, “Ng ano?”

“Yan,” I said.

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pRO Changed Client Problem

I’ve been playing Philippine Ragnarok Online (pRO) on the Valhalla Server for some time now. Lately, to be specific, after the pRO Anniversary month, I noticed that my client would bring up the following pop-up window after clicking “Start Game”:

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At this point, I would click on “Ok”, as instructed. This would re-patch the whole client starting from the time the client’s files have been uploaded on Level Up!’s download site, to be specific: January 2010. I use a USB dongle for my Internet connection, so patching the client from January 2010 up to the present takes a lot of time. The annoying part of this is that this has become a regular occurrence. One to two hours of potential playing time ticks away just patching up the client. And it’s just for a single client; what if you play on two or three different pRO clients?

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Brawl Busters Philippines Open Beta

brawl-busters-philippines-open-betaThe Open Beta for Brawl Busters launched on the last week of October and is ongoing until now. Gamers who were registered for the Closed Beta Testing (CBT) are able to use the accounts they created then for this Open Beta. Unfortunately, the avatars they created for the CBT were gone and they had to make new ones and start from scratch. However, Closed Beta (CB) Testers were given a bonus: They have a tattoo in their Locker / inventory that is used as an upper body costume. This is what distinguishes them from gamers who just entered Brawl Busters on the Open Beta period.

There are some notable additions in the Open Beta not found in the CBT period. All others are the same. The additional features are as follows:

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Brawl Busters Philippines Closed Beta Testing (CBT)

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Let’s test-play it out!

When Level Up! announced the incoming new MMO Fighting Game, Brawl Busters, I was immediately drawn into it. The teaser video released along with the announcement was certainly inviting. Moreover, there was a class called, “Rocker”, which I announced I would play as since I am a genuine audiophile.

Classes, Interface, and Player Modes

From what I gather, there are five different classes in Brawl Busters: Slugger, Fire Fighter, Rocker, Boxer, and Blitzer. You create only one character, or as I more like to call it, avatar. Now, this avatar can change classes before entering into any of the game modes or rooms. You see, when your avatar starts out (Level 1), one class is unlocked for you to play. As your avatar level increases, one more of the five classes are unlocked, until all are available for you to play as. Each class has a different fighting style, different weapons and equipment, and different attributes and skills. With that, it is imperative for a Brawl Buster gamer to be competent in one class first, before deciding to switch to another.

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