Cat Context 73: Star Wars, Batman v Superman, Superhero Movies, Dragon Age
Apr22

Cat Context 73: Star Wars, Batman v Superman, Superhero Movies, Dragon Age

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This week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide are joined by friend to the show Corranhorn to talk about superheroes, mobile games, and a trailer for a little movie that takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

That’s right: the trailer for the newest Star Wars movie was released this week and despite the fact that Aro refuses to watch it just yet we still manage to dissect every frame along with superfan Corr. Even the most resistant of the crew (Liore, obvs) admits that it’s a pretty awe-inspiring trailer and definitely an improvement over the previous sneak peek. And that opening set! And the cameo at the end! And the music and the cinematography and okay let’s face it, we’re nerds for space.

What we’re not nerds for, on the other hand, is superheroes. Elly, Aro, and Corr defend the genre in general, but everyone agrees that the new Batman v. Superman trailer is underwhelming at best and not much of an improvement on any recent Superman movie. Meanwhile Liore is bored of superheroes — so bored, you guys — and defends her position via the medium of ranting. Are superhero tropes boring now? Is the whole Marvel content calendar of movies a bad idea? Does Liore just hate fun? (No!)

Also Aro and Cullen are sittin’ in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G in Dragon Age: Inquisition! Elly is playing a weird Japanese mobile game about cats! Liore is hooked on Puzzle & Dragons!

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* The Star Wars trailer
* The Batman v Superman trailer
* Aro’s screenshot Tumblr
* A cool blog post on how to play Neko Atsume
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Cash Shop Accountability, a.k.a public shaming
Apr20

Cash Shop Accountability, a.k.a public shaming

I was lying in bed at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning playing Puzzle & Dragons on my phone when I noticed that there was a limited-time event going on that greatly boosted the chances of getting a Super Rare god monster from an egg lockbox. Having just started playing the game I knew that adding a SR god to my arsenal would be an enormous boon, but there was a little problem: egg lockboxes cost 5 magic stones, and I only had 3.

Actually, it wasn’t much of a problem. I just went to the in-game store, tapped a couple of buttons, and suddenly I owned $5 worth of magic stones. I never even had to move my head off of the pillow.

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In my defense Divine Flowers, Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao is a very good monster.

In fact, it was so easy that the next morning I didn’t remember making the purchase until I saw the Google Wallet receipt in my email. It made me wonder how much I really spend on cash shops in a year. $3 here, $10 there, often late at night when I’m feeling impulsive.. well, it all had to add up.

My plan now is to share a public reckoning of my cash shop purchases a few times a year. It will keep me honest and possibly shame me away from my more ridiculous purchases, but more importantly I think the data will be interesting. Let’s see the 2015 numbers so far:

Cash Shop Reckoning, 2015 Part One

Hearthstone: Gnomes vs. Goblins cards: $9.99
Hearthstone: Arena Ticket: $1.99
Hearthstone: Blackrock Depths wing: $6.99

Final Fantasy XIV: A hat that looks like an egg: $3.00

Puzzle & Dragons: Magic Stones: $4.99
Puzzle & Dragons: Magic Stones: $4.99

Total Spent: $31.95

$32 isn’t a terrible number, but it’s definitely more than I would have guessed. Hearthstone is my cash shop weakness but to my credit I’ve been good about grinding daily quests for gold to buy the other Blackrock wings. Spending $10 on Puzzle & Dragons is just silly. I can possibly sort of justify it by saying that I’ve gotten $10 of enjoyment out of the game, but I hereby declare that it will not get another penny from me. (Uh huh.) As for the FFXIV hat…

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I regret nothing.

The WoW Token Almost Got Me
Apr10

The WoW Token Almost Got Me

This week Blizzard debuted their new “WoW Token”, allowing players to purchase months of subscription time with in-game gold. I haven’t put a lot of thought into the theorycraft behind the Token so I’ll leave that to others who have but I can confirm that it alllllmost got me back into Azeroth.

(By the way, “WoW Token” just further cements my view that for all of their creative talents Blizzard is terrible at naming things.)

Ever since I stopped raiding my version of the WoW endgame has been playing the Auction House. Flipping virtual goods on a large scale, with all of its attendant weird mods and spreadsheets, scratches an itch that other games rarely do. WoW’s giant playerbase creates a busy and relatively volatile market and unlike EVE Online I’m not going to be raided by pirates while standing in the middle of Orgrimmar.

The Token is currently in the mid-20k price range, which seems shockingly reasonable to me. I haven’t played WoW since late Pandaria but to my knowledge someone who dedicated their time to gold-making would have no problem paying for their own subscription. Perhaps WoW has become the affordable Auction House Simulator of my dreams?

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And so I booted up the game, only to be reminded that I spent the most of my gold on a shiny yak before quitting WoW last time so I didn’t have enough to buy a token now. “That’s okay,” I thought to myself as my mouse cursor hovered over the reactivate-for-actual-cash button. “You have to spend money to make money, right?!” But then I really started thinking — wasn’t part of my previous gold pile the result of max-level crafting abilities? I’m five levels and a ton of recipes behind now. And, ugh, Garrisons are in the game now and I’d probably have to make at least a moderate amount of effort to level one up. I was looking at a pretty significant time investment before I could even reasonably compete with the other Auction House Moguls.

And so, once again, I resisted resubscribing to WoW. The WoW Token seems like a cool idea and prices at the moment are very reasonable, but it’s still not an answer for that admittedly tiny niche of people who just want to play Bankers of Azeroth.

Cat Context 72: Dragon Age DLC, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Superhero Movies
Apr08

Cat Context 72: Dragon Age DLC, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Superhero Movies

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This week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide talk about the new Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, lament getting sucked into more mobile games like Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and as usual insult each other over our choices in television and movies.

Aro has been playing the new Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC and she’s having a pretty good time! To be fair she’s also on her fourth or fifth playthrough of the game in general, so she’s clearly a fan, but the DLC is fun if not tooooooootally worth $15. She and Liore take some time to talk about how much they love (and in some cases love-love) all of the companions.. except Blackwall. Screw that guy. Also, Elly still hasn’t played DA:I, and he is mocked mercilessly for that fact.

What Elly has been playing, though, is crappy mobile games! He talks about a mining game that’s been his go-to time waster lately, while Liore has been dabbling in the new Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Aro is still playing Dragon Coins and sounds a liiiiittle bitter about it, while Liore has resorted to the grand-daddy of the genre, Puzzles and Dragons.

Also, Liore is, like, so over superhero movies you guys! Elly has been watching weird Canadian sexy sci-fi! Aro has strong feelings about James Spader!

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You Can’t Kill Progress, But You Could Liven It Up A Bit
Apr07

You Can’t Kill Progress, But You Could Liven It Up A Bit

Yesterday morning a strange new channel started streaming on Twitch. The live video shows a distressed man who has been locked in an empty room. Eight different security cameras record his plight from just about every angle. A timer at the top of the screen slowly counts down to something, and a hashtag in the corner says “#cantkillprogress”.

As of this post, the stream has been showing the man for just over 24 hours. Occasionally he paces around and shouts at the cameras, but for the most part he just lies on the floor. Is he asleep? Is he hurt? Is he just incredibly bored? Who can say!

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Welcome to the future of video game promotion.

Can’t Kill Progress is apparently an ARG event by Square Enix. It is also completely ridiculous. Take for example the name of the Twitch stream: “Square Enix Reveal”. I mean yes, I suppose that’s accurate but it kind of ruins the mystery.

Also, it’s going on way too long. Way, way too long. The story progresses at scheduled times and there are only two or three events each day. Each event takes under 30 minutes: the man is interrogated, the Twitch stream gets to vote on something, and finally a new Instagram URL is decoded with strange videos. For the other 23-ish hours the stream just shows the dude lying on the floor. Occasionally his captors play loud violin music (those bastards) which makes the man clutch his head and scream. The only interactivity that I can see is letting Twitch chat change the camera angle every few minutes. Yeeeeeap.

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something happening at the scheduled time

I feel kind of bad about being critical of this event. I really like ARGs and I love it when a game studio tries new things. The rumors are that this will eventually lead to an announcement about a new Deux Ex game, and I’m excited for that! But man, I feel like this event was forced into being a live stream because Twitch is soooo hot right now when it would have been much better served as a series of content-rich videos released gradually over a few days.

The schedule has the last plot event taking place tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. PDT so hopefully we get an exciting announcement and that poor guy will be released so he can go home and lie on something more comfortable.

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