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...

Identifying with a Brand, or Blizzcon Sass

So I was looking at today’s Blizzcon announcement and noticed that tickets are US$199. Two hundred dollars! I mean, it’s not like Blizzcon makes a ton of profit and as Wilhelm said to me on Twitter the tickets will still sell out in minutes, proving that Blizzard could charge even more (and probably should). And to be fair I’ve been to Blizzcon before in 2010 and it was a lot of fun, but the best parts were meeting...

Crowfall Kickstarter is Smart Marketing

Hey, did you guys hear that Crowfall launched a Kickstarter today? I’m not a big user of Kickstarter myself. A lot of people who I like and respect are into it so no slight to them, but it’s never been my thing. I’m too miserly to spend money on a concept that may or may not ever come to pass, and my internal hipster voice could never hop on a project just because it was popular. In fact the only time I’ve ever...

Twitter, Blogging, and the Depth of Online Friendships

There’s been a bit of discussion going around for the last few days about online friendships. Most of the talk has been between Belghast and Braxwolf, with Bel writing that he treats online friends the same as offline friends and Brax doubting that online friendships can have the same depth as those found offline. I have strong opinions on this topic! Twitter sucks at depth Brax’s post in particular seems to focus on...

MMO Blogging for the Experienced and Occasionally Wiser

As you probably noticed, earlier in the week I wrote a fairly tongue-in-cheek post about MMO payment models. It was largely inspired by Syl’s post on the same subject. In her post Syl linked the Cat Context episode from June, 2013 where she sat down with my and Ellyndrial to talk about payment models. At the time she and I had been having a bit of a blog battle over the whole thing, myself being passionately in favor of...

The Value of Playing for (No) Fun

Allow me to share a conversation that I had repeatedly over the past week. Me: Oh my god I hate this Hexcells game so much it’s making me angry. Him: Um, you should stop playing it then. Me: I can’t do that! I’m almost finished. Hexcells is essentially a fiendish update to the¬†classic game Minesweeper, with more advanced ways of letting you know where the bombs are located and greater allowance for¬†error. There are...

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