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....

3 Things RIFT Did Better Than Anyone Else

While I’m still having a grand time in Final Fantasy 14, lately I’ve been reminiscing about the glory days of RIFT. Before Storm Legion and before cash shops, RIFT was my favorite MMO ever. It didn’t start out that way: the game debuted with a weird anti-WoW advertising campaign that was kind of off-putting at the time, and it did a lot of patching and maturing over its first six months. But I maintain to this day...

Waiting for Heavensward

The upcoming expansion for FFXIV, Heavensward, became available for pre-order yesterday. While I’m not planning on pre-ordering myself until a couple of weeks out from the June launch I wanted to see how much it costs and what goodies would be included in the Special Edition so I sat down with the feller to look at the webpage and sort it out. A conversation much like this one ensued: L: “Wow, the physical...

Heavensward: hat watch 2015

Final Fantasy XIV had a panel at PAX East this past Saturday morning, and along with assorted details about the upcoming expansion attendees also got their first look at some of the class/job outfits awaiting them at the new level cap of 60. A ton of blogger people have already written about Heavensward in general since then, but here at Herding Cats we like to skip over the fluff and get right to the core issues of news updates. So...

Thanks for all the fun, Maxis

Back when I was a kid, my parents would occasionally let me rent a Nintendo from the local video store. (Yes children, we had to go to a store to rent videos.) There were a few games that I would rent over and over again, like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but one of my all-time favorites was SimCity. I can remember plenty of nights where I would actually fall asleep on the living room floor next to the warm...

Writing About Games for Pay vs. For Fun

Over at Clean Casuals today Arwyn has a post on the difference between “game bloggers” and “game journalists” that I found interesting. In the wake of Massively’s closure there’s been some discussion of whether bloggers could fill the news, interviews, and reviews gap. We can just band together and be the new Massively, right? Arwyn thinks that isn’t such a solid idea, and I’m inclined...

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