Cat Context 35: Steam Machines, FF14, Bad Raider Memories

And we’re back! Liore has unpacked, Elly has returned from his trip, and we’re joined by guest Ryven to talk about the Steam announcements and Final Fantasy XIV! Steam has made an Operating System! And some hardware! And we bicker about it! We’re not entirely sure who the market is for this or what the machine will actually do, but Elly is pretty sure it’s going to be stupid. Liore is more hopeful although...

NBI: How to get your new blog noticed

October is Newbie Blogger Initiative month! For the second year in a row the established MMO blogging community is encouraging new folks to join in the fun. I’m already excited to read the fresh voices, and I’ll try to contribute what advice I can occasionally. — So you’ve got a website set up and something to say about video games. Congratulations on your new hobby! MMO blogging is creative, social, and a...

Trying TESO

Last weekend I had the opportunity to get my hands on The Elder Scrolls Online. On the downside, I only had about five minutes to play. On the upside, there was no NDA for those five minutes! My sense is that the answer to almost any question about TESO is “Skyrim”. What is the character creator like? Skyrim. How does the UI work? Like Skyrim. How does the game look and feel? Tooootally Skyrim. You even have that little...

PAX Swag Giveaway!

September 6: This giveaway is now closed and codes have been sent out! Thanks for entering. :) You (probably) want swag! I want to feel more ephemerally loved on social media! LET’S WORK TOGETHER. I have the following goodies: A PAX-exclusive Kali skin for Smite League of Legends code for Arcade Hecarim skin League of Legends code for Riot Blitzcrank skin 5 invites to the Dawngate closed beta (a new MOBA) A code for 50% off the...

A few possibly random notes on EverQuest Next

Hey, did you hear about EverQuest Next? The public finally got a look at the hush-hush title on Friday, and there was a flurry of positive response from both amateur game enthusiasts and the pros. Syp and j3w3l posted very thorough round-ups of blogging responses, so if you want an in-depth look at what we know about the game I’d suggest starting there. As for me.. it’s pretty much the same response I have to every big new...

Steam Summer Sale Post-Mortem

Previously I wrote about my Steam Summer sale shopping list. So how did I actually do, when all was said and done? Well first, I learned that Steam does not support trans-Atlantic shopping. I’ve bought sale titles while the US with my Canadian account before, but the UK at least seems to be a different system. It wouldn’t let me use the money in my Steam Wallet, it wouldn’t accept a Canadian PayPal account for games...

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