Month: March 2014

Faffing to 90 – an adventure in preparation for Warlords of Draenor

The Mistress of Faffing has called, and I answer: in a recent post on her Alternative Blog, the Mistress asked for followers in her adventure to level an alt without the level 90. As the haters on the Internet are always right in their doomsday predictions, the coming of the paid boosts mean the end of traditional leveling. Surely we cannot allow an integral part of MMO lifestyle to wither away like that, so I show my support in the face of adversity, held by the end of all gaming which is microtransactions!

If you believe the previous sentence had no sarcasm, you might not really enjoy this blog.

Anyway, I’m down with the Mistress’ plan, so I’ll be faffing (the word still sounds so dirty) my way to 90. With what? Well, dear readers, you decide! In two separate votes, I want you to decide what kind of character I will level. In the first poll, you’ll decide which race it will be. Know that I will only allow you to pick one of the six Horde races: I will not forsake the blood red of my true allegiance, and I do not care for leveling a second panda. Next to that, know that you will make me suffer greatly should you force me to level a Blood Elf. Do whatever you want with that information

With that being said, vote until coming Sunday (16 March), when I will put up the next vote. I hope to get this character started as soon as possible!

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Releases, releases, releases

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Another year means a slew of new titles to be put on our plates, waiting to be devoured by our hunger for some good gaming. So far, 2014 looks interesting for people like me. And when I say “people like me”, I mean people who love some new massively multiplayer online games. Okay, almost everything is “massively multiplayer” these days, but you know what I’m talking about. I’m stoked for some of the games waiting on us, especially when it comes to the following three.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
Until a few weeks ago, I couldn’t care less about the upcoming expansion for Diablo 3. After binge-playing the day for two days after its release, I felt like Diablo 3 was nothing compared to its predecessor. The game started to gather dust on my PC, just to be uninstalled a few weeks after its launch, never to be installed again…until that fateful day.
Yes, that fateful day was the day the pre-expansion patch hit. Suddenly, Diablo 3 was fun. The loot was more fun, the game felt more fun and finally it started to step out of the shadow of its older sibling and other hack ‘n slay games. This patch alone has convinced me that Reaper of Souls will be worth my money, so I can’t wait until the end of this month to start my crusade of righteousness through Westmarch.

WildStar
Do you actually still believe so-called “leaks” about games are actual leaks? I don’t, and the “oops”-moment that revealed WildStar’s release date today feels more planned than accidentally. Anyway, knowing that early summer will bring this colorful space MMO cheers me up. The game has been on my radar for a while, but the lack of any release date to look forward to kinda bumped me. Knowing I’ll only have a few months to go  means that I can start making those tough choices, like: which class will I play? Are the Mechari worth joining the Dominion? Will I break the habit and not roll a support and / or healing character this time? We’ll know more on 3 June of this year!

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
As much as I love their games, I wouldn’t want to work at Blizzard. Imagine all the hate you get for a great announcement like the start of pre-orders for Warlords of Draenor. After taking some critical feedback about the price tag for the level 90 boosts (and for the actual existence of these boosts), the entire community goes apeshit about the possible release date of 20 December 2014. Sure, it’s far away and chopping your way through the Siege of Orgrimmar over and over again will make you hate that place even before the Dark Portal re-opens, but guys…come on. Spew your bile, unsubscribe and play something else until then. Hard to believe, but World of Warcraft is not the only game around.
My taste for Draenor isn’t spoiled though, and it won’t be long before I reserve my spot on the frontlines against the Iron Horde.

Well, that’s the releases I’m looking forward to. Feel like I’m longing for the wrong things or want to share your “I can’t wait any longer”-titles? Hit me up in the comments!

Bravely Default: innovating tradition

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Some say that tradition and innovation are polar opposites, but after a few hours of Bravely Default, I disagree. After reading Murf’s interesting review of Bravely Default, I became intrigued by the JRPG for the 3DS. The reason why Bravely Default didn’t blip up on my radar earlier was because, in general, JRPG’s are just not my thing anymore. Sure, Final Fantasy VII is one of my all-time favorite games and I was one of the few people who enjoyed The Legend of Dragoon, but nowadays, I just can’t be arsed by the grindy, unnecessary long formula employed by that genre. However, Murf’s comments about the quality-of-life features in Bravely Default got me, and a visit to my friendly local gaming store later, I was helping Tiz and his friends saving the world.

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How random do you like your pinata?

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The recent pre-expansion patch for Diablo 3 changed a lot of things. Next to already teasing us with the presence of the Crusader in the character creation screen, the patch has also taken the liberty of changing how loot works, making the loot tables “smarter”. Instead of filling your bags with a lot of stuff you will just sell to your newest vendor or smash to pieces on the blacksmith’s forge, monsters and treasure chests now hold less, but more relevant loot. Shortly after the patch, players reported how quickly they could get a hold on upgrades to their existing loot, and even a legendary item here and there. Belghast wrote a nice post about this, so why don’t you hop over to his place before I just repeat what he already said?

While I agree that the pre-expansion patch is a blessing for Diablo 3, the changes to the looting system got me thinking: is “smart loot” in the interest of a hack-and-slay RPG? Being raised on Diablo 2, part of the fun was getting that one killer item after sifting through mountains of vendor trash. Getting your digital fingers on that one weapon you needed for your character felt like you won the lottery (which you did, in a way). While smart loot tables certainly help in gearing your toons, do they not rob the game or even the genre of a part of its appeal?

Personally, I don’t mind. As much as I like hitting pinatas, I certainly like knowing that at least some of the candy falling out of it has a flavor I like. When making time in my busy schedule for a game of Diablo 3, I like to know that the hour or two I can invest is invested well. Then again, I didn’t have a real “Oooh, shiny”-moment since the patch. Even the sight of legendaries gets boring after a while…

What do you think, dear readers? Do you like your pinatas filled with randomness, or do you prefer that someone thinks about what they put in them? Let me hear your voices!

Why the Lego Movie is pure genius

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When it comes to movies, I’m a really, really critical kind of viewer. The moment the credits start rolling, I start to analyze every tiny bit of a flick, stating out loud whether it worked or didn’t. I comment every casting choice, every piece of scenery and every special effect, no matter how tiny or trivial. When a movie sucks, I’m the first to voice my opinion and give you a dozen reasons why I’m right. I don’t care we’ve changed the topic fifteen minutes ago, you need to know why this was a waste of moving pictures and I will be heard!

When The Lego Movie started rolling, I was prepared to write some piece about how Hollywood turned my fond childhood memories into a mediocre animation movie. Sure, the internet had told me that the movie was pure awesomeness, but what do some peasants on message boards know? How could their opinion be more valid than my own, being the important and brilliant part-time blogger that I am?

Well, turns out that, for once, I could believe the blaring of the sheep. Even better, the praise sung for The Lego Movie is not in proportion to the brilliance of the movie, and here you will find out why!

BE WARNED: HERE BE SPOILERS!

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