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Quote of the Day: “Pete Smith Gets Molested” or “Horrendous Hand Holding”

November 30, 2010 4 comments

“So as I mentioned in my last post, I started a new character yesterday. He’s now level 15 or 16 and holy smokes, World of Warcraft is holding my hand to the point where I’m feeling molested.”

Pete, WoW is starting out ever easy, Dragonchasers

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Categories: Quote of the Day

Another Seven Cataclysmic Tidbits: “Living Vicariously” or “The Day The Earth Didn’t Stand Still”

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Primarily, I have been living vicariously through other fellow bloggers as Cataclysm draws ever near. Although the official expansion hasn’t launched yet, Azeroth has been torn asunder, and time has magically jumped on ahead several years. Below are some more posts from around the blogosphere about the inevitable end to Wrath and the well-anticipated start to Cataclysm:

Categories: Se7en Tidbits

Quote of the Day: “Irony Personified” or “Practice What You Preach”

November 29, 2010 1 comment

 

Via Digg, I came across this little gem, Ten Games That Were Derivative But Still Rocked, from GamingBolt.com.

Torchlight (Derivative of the Diablo games)

Torchlight is Diablo through and through,with some minor changes. It even looks the same. If Torchlight was released under the name of DiabloIII, it wouldn’t be hard to pass of as it. Yet still- who known anything about Torchlight? Most of you might not have even known a game called Torchlight existed before reading this- Torchlight surely deserves more. It is a really good, qualitative, addictive game, that deserves much more than just a “Diablo rip-off” tag.

Let me clarify a few things. First, I don’t have anything against GamingBolt.com. I actually enjoy the content on the website. They actually seem to get selected for Digg top stories quite frequently, and they seem to be doing quite well, grammatical and structural errors notwithstanding. Kudos! Second, had it been any title other than Torchlight, (Werit can back me up on this), I probably would have ignored the redundant irony. But it is Torchlight, a gem of a game from the little studio that could. And I can’t just stay quiet about that now, can I?

Exhibit A:

  • The Title: “Torchlight (Derivative of the Diablo games)”
  • “Torchlight is Diablo through and through,with some minor changes.”
  • “If Torchlight was released under the name of DiabloIII, it wouldn’t be hard to pass [it] of[f] as [Diablo 3].”

Exhibit B:

  • “It is a really good, qualitative, addictive game, that deserves much more than just a “Diablo rip-off” tag.”

Uh… you know where you can stop this madness? Just a couple of lines up, you know, where you essentially call Torchlight a “Diablo rip-off!”

Categories: Diablo 3, Torchlight

Funny of the Day: “Preparations” or “Cataclysm Cometh”

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Categories: Bronte

“Cataclysmic Hilarity” or “Tobuscus Sauce!”

November 26, 2010 1 comment

Via WoW.com, I came across this hilarious comedian on YouTube. He has a wide range of segments that he puts up regularly, but perhaps the one that makes the most sense to us as gamers is called “Literal Trailers”. It is very difficult to explain what a literal trailer is, just know that it is a hilarious spoof of video game trailers using original footage from the trailer itself. For example: his latest literal trailer targets Blizzard’s epic Cataclysm cinematic.

Just watch the video, you will be glad you did, because it is absolutely hilarious!

 

“Mass Effect 2: A Matter of Numbers” or “I’m Special!”

November 25, 2010 2 comments

The Cerberus Network just released this infographic about statistics tracked for their every popular Mass Effect universe (courtesy Kotaku). According to this infographic, I am in the minority in just about every category:

  • I did not change Shepard’s face at all (17%), but…
  • I played the default female (18%). No offense Shepard, but if I am going to look at someone’s buns for the next 40 hours, I’d prefer a female avatar!
  • I played an Infiltrator, I loves my Tactical Cloak and my Sniper Rifles! (35%)
  • I love Garrus’ character, I hate his abilities. I normally had Mordin/Miranda, or later on Miranda/Tali.
  • I never let Grunt out of his tank (10%)! I killed Wrex in the first game, never really favored the Krogan after that.
  • This isn’t a minority/majority statistic, but I was in the 50% of players who fully upgraded the Normandy.
  • This is probably the only statistic that I match with. Tali died at the end when I sent her back with the survivors. I had Samara, Miranda, Jacob, Thane, Legion, Zaeed, Tali, Mordin, Jack and Garrus, with Grunt never out of his tank. So with one of ten dead, I lost 10% of squad mates in the end-game. That’s pretty close to 14%.
  • I did side with Cerberus in the end (36%). The Illusive Man may be a douchebag, but I am all for advancing the interests of humanity by any means necessary.
Categories: Mass Effect 2

“Incursion Imminent” or “Sansha, Online”

November 25, 2010 2 comments

Eve’s latest expansion introduces the largest invasion ever faced off by the separate clans of humanity, as the universe comes under fire by the Sansha Nation.

However, the expansion also brings several added features, some less known than others.

Here are the top three reasons for trying out Eve Online: Incursion.

Better Character Portraits

Your in-game avatars get an overhaul, finally, after nine long years. Gone are the cartoony, still portraits. The new system allows you to create a near photo-realistic avatar that is highly customizable and animated. This isn’t the much anticipated “Incarna” expansion that allows you to walk around in space-stations, but it is a welcome step in the right direction. It does seem from the solitary shot provided however, that the editor no longer supports hair! But don’t worry, there’s probably a new skill available to train that ability too!

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Who Let the Sansha out?

The Sansha Nation is out for blood. They are back in superior numbers with better, more advanced ships and weaponry, and they are gunning for CONCORD space. That’s not all! The intruding sansha have been equipped with better, smarter AI and their advantage in battle increases exponentially with numbers as they use clever mechanics and tactics to outsmart all resistance.

Supercarriers and Fighter-bombers join the Sansha fleet as they march through the constellations. In addition they are supported by a massive new ship flagship known as the Revenant.

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I, Noctis

There are a ton of other features, such as 40 new story missions, overhaul to the server hardware to support more and more players in the single-shard universe, ordinance overhaul and so on. But perhaps one of the biggest changes is the inclusion of the Noctis, a dedicated salvage ship from ORE.

Featuring 5% bonus to Salvage and Tractor Beam cycle times, a roomy 8/2/3 module capacity and a time saving 60% increase in Tractor Beam range this is one workhorse every salvager is going to be looking to get their hands on. Blueprints and ships will both be available on the market at select stations.

8/2/3 is a hell of a load-out! Rock on CCP!

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Finally, the trailer is below. Enjoy!

Categories: Eve Online