Scenes from the Golden Saucer

(Looking for the latest episode of Cat Context? It’s been delayed by a day, and that delay sure had nothing to do with the subject of this post! Nope, nothing!) Last night the Manderville Golden Saucer opened in Eorzea and welcomed in all citizens level 15 and higher for fun and games. I had a great time sampling some of the attractions, like coming in second place on my initial chocobo race and winning a small jackpot at the...

Review: Transistor

So I finally got around to playing and finishing Transistor, and while I knew going in that the game was good it was actually so much better than I imagined. In retrospect, had I played this when it came out in 2014 it would have been one of my favorite games of the year, without a doubt. If you played Supergiant Games’ last effort, Bastion, then you already know that they excel at world building and story telling. (And if you...

Everyone is Suspiciously Nice in FFXIV

How is it that the Final Fantasy 14 community is so gosh darn nice? I was thinking about it while making coffee this morning — during my last sojourn in WoW back in the middle of Pandaria I ran a loooot of LFG and LFR and yet I find it hard to remember a single run that didn’t have at least one jerkwad in it. Complaints about healing/DPS meters, slurs in chat, revenge group kicks, “go go go go go”.. for just...

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...

Tips for Looking Great in FFXIV

Things are continuing apace in FFXIV! My highest class is a 23 Conjurer, with a level 7 Arcanist coming up the ranks. The goal is to eventually get both classes to 30 at which point I can combine them in various ways to form a White Mage and a Scholar, the two healing specializations. I think. It’s all a little confusing. Next week patch 2.5 hits, and there’s a fancy trailer for it on YouTube as of today. While I’m...

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