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Se7en Tidbits: “Words of Advice” or “Actually It’s 9ine Tidbits”

January 18, 2011 2 comments

You don’t need to be over a hundred years old to be able to pass on words of wisdom. Advice comes in all forms, and it exists all around us. We just have to look in the right places, and if we’re lucky, sometimes good advice at the right time can make all the difference.

  • Frank explains the importance of having many opinions online. But then again he likes cat brides, so take his advice at your own risk! [Overly Positive]
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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:

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Seven Cataclysmic Tidbits: “Quiet Before the Storm” or “Actually It’s Not All That Quiet”

November 24, 2010 5 comments

Blizzard had finally destroyed the world… of Warcraft. Terrible pun. I apologize for that, but amidst the sea of cataclysm-related bad puns, this really shouldn’t be too difficult to swallow! Below are some posts from around the blogosphere about the inevitable end to Wrath and the well-anticipated start to Cataclysm:

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Se7en Tidbits: “The Destruction of My Moral Compass” or “Warden Boner”

June 24, 2010 1 comment

Here are a few tidbits that caught my attention for one reason or another this week:

“I guess the people who wrote the other versions of this quest were napping because this one is a doozy.” Tamarind is devastated by a DK starting quest that breaks his moral compass.

“Lifetime Subscriptions only make sense if you think that people will stop subscribing before the break point. I’m not sure that is a good assumption for anyone with a decent MMO to make.” Coriel wraps up thoughts about LOTRO’s recently announced F2P model.

“The bid ninja cannot end up second, unless either FG or SG make a mistake. Such mistake can be stopping before SGBP. But the 1/3 system strongly discourage it, since if BN is second, either FG or SG is third.” Gevlon elaborates on a spin on the GDKP system, and proves beyond the shadow of a doubt he is addicted to acronyms. Get some help you goblin!

“A MASSIVE multiplayer game needs to be seen from a massive number of views, and most casual blogs also treat foolish press embargoes with the disdain that they deserve.” Spinks mirrors my thoughts on the APB review embargo.

“Without a clear path, I am more likely to fall back on old MMOs with clear, well-trodden paths.” Ravious shares his frustrations with Dragonica’s limitations.

“Thus the Warden treads precariously along the tightrope of overpoweredness, performing a delicate balancing act between survivability and damage output, a fundamental issue with tanking classes in a lot of MMOs, where too great a damage output or too high a survivability means that the developers create a class that is a nigh-unstoppable killing machine.” Melmoth subtly admits that the Warden class in LOTRO pitches a tent in his pants.

“I think by pushing variety and keeping the fun more intimate its having some of the newer members getting more acclimated and more involved in the guild than in previous expansions.” Avatar talks about the pre-expansion slump in WoW.

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Se7en Tidbits: “I Didn’t Like KOTOR Either” or “Blizzard Tucks Tail”

June 17, 2010 1 comment

Here are a few tidbits that caught my attention for one reason or another this week:

  • “Why would I pay – whether a subscription or a one-time access fee – for additional content that will pose no challenge to me because I have already outleveled it?” A biologist’s explains why the F2P model for LotRO has not been sold well to the player base.
  • “I was the one person I know who didn’t like KOTOR when it came out. I played it, because it was an Important Game at the time, but I didn’t think much of it. I played Star Wars Galaxies too, because I try almost every MMO that comes out (well, I did back when only a few came out every year…I guess these days I can no longer claim to try them all).” Pete is a man after my own heart. I didn’t like KOTOR when it first game out either (you’re not the only one!), and up until 3 years ago, i tried out about every MMO that came out. Not any more.
  • “Man I watched this trailer, and it was better then Viagra. The hate was delicious.” River has a tent in his pants.
  • “I don’t have hard numbers to prove it besides a lot of circumstantial evidence, the latest of wich is the announcement that they will be cutting a lot of the new features of the Cataclysm expansion. When you’re in a hurry, the new features are usually the first ones on the cutting floor.” Lonomonkey argues Blizzard is compromising content for strict timelines.
  • “A system that implemented this isn’t that hard to conceptualize (at least theoretically, real code always makes easy ideas hard). Right now, raid instances have an existence in the world. My character is tied to this specific raid instance, which exists even when my character is not online. And this has consequences. In the worst case, the raid id can be “stolen”, and the remainder of the raid completed by another group, leaving most of the people in first group out in the cold.” Rohan explores a comment on his blog about how Blizzard’s Real ID system will lead to a Raid Finder feature in Cataclysm.
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Se7en Tidbits: “My Parents Were MMO Quest-Givers” or “Camping Cyclops”

June 10, 2010 2 comments

Here are a few tidbits that caught my attention for one reason or another this week:

  • “Sure, some of them turn out to be terribly disjointed aberrations of the original (Legolaz, Leggolas, and Legolastwo come to mind) but it just goes to show the persistence of some characters in geek lore.” Frank explores the dubious science of naming your toons in MMOs. [Side note Frank, I have even seen a ‘Legsolass’ (legs o lass).]
  • “I remember waiting on the Cyclops to spawn for the Jboots ring (in multiple spots) and while it was often an exercise in futility, there is still something about it that I enjoyed while doing it.” Keen talks about his inner masochist.
  • “This means that players can choose for themselves what to do with these points from what is offered, rather than implicitly pay for content that may not matter so much to them.” Sente counts the blessings an F2P model brings.
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Se7en Tidbits: “Raid Leader’s Resume” or “St. George is Overrated!”

April 26, 2010 2 comments

Here are a few tidbits that caught my attention for one reason or another this week:

  • “And while we’re at it, why is it that I spent an entire controller-crushing hour trying to figure out that one level in the puzzle game Braid before giving up and then nailing it on the first try after a good night’s sleep?” Jamie Madigan discusses how ample sleep helps us play video games better.
  • “It’s a quad-core with a nice graphics card in it, 8GB of RAM, Blu-ray player and a 1TB hard drive.  That’ll do, pig.  That’ll do.” In other news, Syp gets a new PC, and Bronte gets jealous.
  • “In most combat, speed plays a very important part in the outcome. If you can’t catch or hit an enemy, it will be very difficult to defeat them.” Werit discusses the important of speed in and Warhammer PvP, and maintains his position as the only blogger who has me nearly convinced to pick up the MMO. Nearly.
  • “The argument about whether people should put WoW on their job applications is one that has been doing the rounds for awhile, but how about raid leading as experience for running your own business?” Spinks talks about an article that explores the question above. Can I finally tell my boss I led one of two teams in the history of the Eitrigg server that defeated C’Thun?
  • “St George kills one lousy dragon and gets a day of national holiday in his memory. I’ve killed hundreds of dragons, and all I have to show for it is this miserable +1 sword and bag full of vendor-trash drake toenails.” That is actually the entire post from Melmoth over at Killed in a Smiling Accident!
  • “The other advantage that the Holy build has is that you can cast Beacon on Valithria and add extra healing to the raid. I’ve found that doing this is valuable at the very end of the fight, keeping the raid from being overrun.” Coriel discusses a little experiment that I will now attempt the next time I am in ICC.
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