Archive for April, 2010

Quickie: Gabe and Tycho in the Time 100

I’m still on my way home, so I apologize for literally phoning this post in. You just have to love technology. Anyway, sitting here in the car and browsing Kotaku I stubled upon an interesting tidbit of news: the creators of Penny Arcade have been voted into Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people of […]

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Cataclysm Raid Improvements

I have to spontaneously leave for a few days and, professional as I am I don’t have a post prepared for Wednesday yet. Luckily, Blizzard comes to my rescue with a pretty nice announcement about raiding in World of Warcraft’s next expansion Cataclysm. Now, I’m still not convinced I’ll come back to WoW for Cataclysm, […]

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God of War III – A Game?

I’m currently trying to get a grant for my dissertation which would deal with the question of how to measure meaningful decisions in games and how those actually impact the fun had by players. Many a game designer has been preaching the importance of meaningful decisions, as have I, yet one of the best reviewed […]

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TOR: Bad Publicity

GameTrailers.com has a new developer diary type video on the combat in Bioware’s upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. I said the other day that developers should only fear bad publicity from giving customers access to early versions of their games when those games are actually bad but I feel that publishing this video […]

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Actions Per Minute

With the evolution from turn-based to real-time strategy games, a new gameplay element was introduced. No longer was success only a matter of making the right decisions but also of making the right decisions fast. RTS gamers these days are in fact often ranked by their APM – their actions per minute. Clicking fast gives […]

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To Collect or Not To Collect

I’ll admit it, I own all three  Collector’s Editions for World of Warcraft and the one for Lord of the Rings Online; I even have the digital ones for Aion and Star Trek Online. I can’t honestly say that I got my money’s worth out of any of those. STO and Aion I just didn’t […]

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It’s not Blizzard, it’s You

Surely you’ve heard about That Retarded Horse, the new mount sold in Blizzard’s cash shop for World of Warcraft. For $25 (or €20) you get a purely cosmetic in-game pegasus mount – if you manage to make it through the queues that have reportedly been building in the online shop. Like Ixobelle (and many others) […]

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In Praise of the Transparent Beta

The Starcraft II beta has been here for a while (and has taken a lot of my gaming time since then) but I realized that I never talked about the one amazing feature it has. No, I’m not talking about the fact that it already feels like a mostly completed game – much unlike many […]

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A Tale of Two Gamers

I met two gamers recently whose attitude towards gaming I don’t really understand. One I met at a friends house who had people over to play some Magic the Gathering. Me, I’m retired from that game and really only play it at occasions like those, but I still try my best to win as many […]

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Making Matches

The people at Blizzard are the kings of april fools jokes and didn’t disappoint this year either. Their joke about the E.P.E.E.N. meter for World of Warcraft was well placed and equally well executed. One thing caught my eye though and that was their description of how the system allowed you to only play with players at […]

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