My Biggest Enemy of Appointment Gaming is… Dinner

Back in my bad old raiding days we would start runs at 6pm Pacific, which meant as guild leader I would really need to be online and ready to rumble by at least 5:45. Raids went for 3 hours, and usually had a hour afterward of decompression, chatting, helping folks with the guild bank, doing daily quests, and so on. The result was that 2 to 3 nights a week I was in front of my computer with very little opportunity for a break from...

“Democratic Money” and Early Access

The launch of Everquest Next Landmark’s alpha last week has gotten a lot of people talking about games with paid early access. I’ve already stated that I’m opposed to the practice. I will spare you all the details of why I’m not a fan of early access / pay-to-alpha, but suffice to say that I don’t think we should be encouraging the industry to sell us unfinished games. (I also don’t kickstart things...

A Serious Crisis on YouTube

There are bad things happening to gamers on YouTube this week, and we should all be worried. YouTube, the site owned by Google, uses a “content ID” system to spot copyrighted material. If these automated content bots identify a misuse of audio or visuals, a claim is placed on the video on behalf of the legal owner and ad revenue is turned over to them. This system was generally all well and good, but then earlier this week...

Vague Talk About Character Models in Space

Over the weekend there was a beta stress test for an MMO. This MMO takes place in space. People who participated in this beta are not allowed to discuss what they saw under pain of not being invited to any more betas, and also the taint of being unprofessional. I myself have nothing against a bit of professionalism, even in the more laid back world of blogging. Sometimes, though, I bet someone participates in a beta and finds the...

Where are the Moms of Azeroth?

When Chris Metzen said at Blizzcon that Aggra, Thrall’s space-wife and baby momma, would not be going to Draenor because “that honeymoon is over, it’s more of a boy’s trip,” you could almost hear the cries of thousands of women players shouting “WHAT?”. I was discussing that comment over some beers yesterday and my drinking companion noted that Azeroth and other WoW worlds are very good at...

Extra-Life Conclusion

The Extra Life Marathon is over for another year, and it was great fun for a great cause! Myself and Ellyndrial seemed to handily stay up for the full 25 hours, particularly with the support of friends and guildies who kept us company on Mumble, in games, and in Twitch chat. I also gave out a whole bunch of games for Steam and Origin, which is always really fun for both me and the winners. As for the highlights of the 25 hours of...

%d bloggers like this: