Hypothesis: There is no such thing as the “WoW Community”

A reminder that I’m giving away games to folks who donate at least $5 to Extra Life! The topic of this post is just an idea I’ve been kicking around lately. I frequently see people refer to the “World of Warcraft Community”, and I’ve absolutely used the phrase myself in the past. But more and more I think that’s ascribing a sense of collective where none exists. It’s less a...

ArcheAge Housing and Queue Times

Oh, Internet. You're why daddy drinks. — Scott Hartsman (@hartsman) September 14, 2014 Poor Trion Worlds and ArcheAge, victims of their own success. Any experienced MMO player knows that launch week of a new game is usually fraught with technical problems and population issues, but admittedly the ArcheAge queue times can be pretty extreme. Last night I joined the queue as a free player at 7pm and finally got in the game at...

Stop and Plant the Roses (ArcheAge)

I am currently dealing with a surprise event in my life that while not the worst thing ever does require in the short term a great deal of time and physical labour and a pinch of emotional fortitude. The result is that for now my limited leisure activity occurs at about 11pm, when I’m tired and just a wee bit wound up. Until recently this has pushed games off my agenda almost entirely, except for the odd round of Dragon Coins...

MMOs are dead and I don’t feel so good myself

Every so often I get an angry message from a reader that can be boiled down to “well, like, that’s just your opinion man”. And it’s true! All posts here are totally my own opinion, including this one. A couple of weeks ago Ellyndrial wrote a post about how he’s been having a hard time getting into MMOs lately, WildStar in particular. He got a number of comments from folks who feel the same way, and...

WildStar: in defense of attunements

Jeromai and Syl have been looking at the attunement for 20-man raids in WildStar, and they are at best bemused and at worst concerned about what it all means for the game. I admit, I don’t really understand the problem. I am not planning on raiding in WildStar, but I sure will do the attunement chain because it looks like fun! I mean hey, to each their own, but that list doesn’t seem to contain anything terribly exotic....

Friday Five: Five Ways I’m Getting Ready for WildStar

It’s here! It’s here! It’s WildStar headstart day! Who knows what the future holds for the game, but for now I’m planning on stuffing my usual cynicism in a sock for a while and just enjoying the experience of a new game with my friends. Have a wondeful weekend, y’all! 1) Planning Meals I have to spend SOME time being a grown-up this weekend — dentists and laundry wait for no game — but I can...

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