Archive for June 27, 2010

“My First WoW Memory” or “Trouble in Brambleblade Ravine”

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment’s breakfast topic was about the first WoW memory you have. Technically it should be my Undead Rogue that I played around with a little in beta, back in June 2004 (that was six years ago… man time flies). Instead it is a simultaneously frustrating and awe-inspiring moment from the launch of the game itself.

My first character in retail WoW was a Tauren Hunter named Xanthus. I got the game from a Target store on launch date, installed, patched and loaded in. The first thing I saw was the lush beauty of Mulgore, specifically the area around Red Cloud Mesa, the starting locations for Taurens.

The second was the directionless stampeding herd of cows.

The area was absolutely flooded with Taurens of all colors, classes and dispositions. It was a madhouse. But I didn’t realize the level of madness (refrain from Sparta jokes) until I entered Brambleblade Ravine for a quest at level 4. I couldn’t find any mobs to kill. The surface of Brambleblade Ravine was so jam-packed with starting Tauren players that they were camping spawn points of individual mobs to try and complete their quests. It was a frustrating moment till someone suggested we group up, and then five of us grouped up since we had shared objectives and we didn’t need to fight for resources any longer.

At the same time it was dumbfounding, because in those early moments, on November 23rd, 2004, sitting in my dorm room, I got a glimpse of the future of MMO gaming: truly Massive, truly Multiplayer, and truly Online.

Categories: World of Warcraft

“Games Radar” or “Too Many Tracked Titles”

June 27, 2010 2 comments

I updated my Games Radar to the left today. The following is a list of games I am looking forward to in a few months. I will talk about them individually over the course of time as well.

One thing that stands out to me is that my interests have diversified considerably over the course of time. Which is a good thing because diversity is the spice of life, and bad because, well, I have such limited time between family, work and social as it is.

I guess I better figure out how to operate on an hour of sleep a day!

MMOs on my radar:

  • Black Prophecy
  • Jumpgate Evolution
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • The Secret World

Non-MMOs on my radar:

  • Assassin’s Creed II: Brotherhood
  • Brink
  • Bulletstorm
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Deathspank
  • Deus Ex 3: Human Revolution
  • Dragon Age II
  • Fable III
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Gears of War 3
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Halo: Reach
  • Homefront
  • Hydrophobia
  • I Am Alive
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • L.A. Noire
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Mafia II
  • Max Payne 3
  • Medal of Honor
  • Portal 2
  • Privates
  • Red faction: Armageddon
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Singularity
  • Spare Parts
  • Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • The Witcher II
  • Two Worlds II
Categories: Bronte