Archive for August, 2009

Vacation time

Everyone is coming back from their holidays, I’m starting mine. I will be in sunny Italy for two weeks, starting tomorrow. I hope I will have some sort of internet access there, so do expect some posts. But if I don’t post, don’t give up on me and check back on me in two weeks. […]

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I, Vork

It’s been common knowledge for ages that there are different types of players in MMOs that want different experiences. Richard Bartle already published his paper Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs in 1996. That paper defines four central types of different gamers: achievers, explorers, socializers, and griefers. A more recent distinction that has […]

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Blizzcon Dissected – Part 3: Martial Arts and Caprica Six

As promised, here’s part three of my Blizzcon Dissected series. This part will deal with the upcoming games Diablo III and Starcraft II. Sorry WoW fans, go reread parts one and two instead. I will start out with Diablo as the new information on Starcraft is somewhat sparse. If you only care about Starcraft, click […]

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Blizzcon Dissected – Part 2: Dumbification

Welcome to the second part of my Blizzcon series. You can find the first part here. Today I will look into various bits and pieces that we got from day one and then go deeply into the itemization disaster they announced. No, it won’t be pretty.

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Blizzcon Dissected – Part 1: Goblins and Worgens and Titans, oh MY!

The first day of Blizzcon is over and man do we have some news. Some people have had their faith in Blizzard renewed by these. My faith still is shaken, but it’s definitely not all bad. In this multipart series I will dissect the announcements and let you know what I think about them. This […]

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Button Real Estate

Today is the last day before Blizzcon so I will likely have to post about Worgens and Goblins and Naga – Oh My! But today is not that day. I recently stumbled upon this post by Hafengrim over at NoStockUI that deals with using keybindings to save screen real estate. While not bad, I find […]

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7 Different Shades of Stupid

If you’ve ben raiding at all, you’ve probably been yelled at by a raid leader at some point in time. The yelling, cursing, and blaming raid leader seems to be very common these days. I’ve heard multiple comments by people who joined our guild that they didn’t think raiding was possible without this kind of […]

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You can pry these 40 bucks from my cold, dead hands

If I, of all people, am channeling Charlton Heston in the title of my post, I must be really mad. And I am. I just found an announcement on wcradio.com that their live BlizzCon coverage has been cancelled. Blizzard, in an obvious attempt to get us to buy the DirectTV coverage of the event, was […]

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Thirty-One [updated]

World of Warcraft’s lead systems designer Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street seems to have confirmed that there will be at least thirty-one bosses in the next raid dungeon, Icecrown Citadel. This number seems huge and somewhat surprising, considering the recent half-assing that has been going on. If this really means that we will get thirty-one boss encounters […]

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Patch 3.2 – Halfassing Deluxe

So patch 3.2 hit and I can’t say I’m disappointed with the new 5,10 and 25 men content. I would like to, really, but my expectations were so low that Blizzard has pretty much managed to hit the nail on the head. The Coliseum, as far as it’s accessible, is terribad. And here’s why.

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