High Level Blogging Tips for Newbies

I am on a mission to play more of the newer free-to-play MMO offerings on the market, and so tonight I am installing Everquest 2! Are you playing EQ2? Would you recommend your server? I’d love to hear newbie suggestions! —————————— There is a theme going on in my feed reader this morning, and that theme is the Newbie Blogger Initiative! Apparently May is for encouraging...

A Dumb Article About Smart Games

Earlier today The Brainy Gamer took a well-placed swing at an insufferable article in The Atlantic Monthly with the insufferable Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid. The article starts out with a sideways insult (“video games are juvenile, silly, and intellectually lazy”) and doesn’t get much better. One of my pet peeves is anti-intellectualism, and I’ve been known to rail at length against the attitude that...

My Ex-Guild Leader Shame Cycle

Way back in the day, maybe at the end of TBC, the cats were raiding 12 hours a week. It seemed pretty easy to pull off at the time. Early on in WotLK we decided that the content was easier and less time was needed, so we dropped to 9 hours a week. Near the end of WotLK, as people lost interest in WoW, we dropped a day and went down to 6 hours a week. That dropped again in SWTOR. The content was casual, and so were we, at a robust 4...

Turns Out My Line in the Sand is HERE (GW2, etc)

I know it’s only April, but if I had to name the big theme for the gaming industry in 2012 I’d say it’s the rapidly developing animosity between players and developers/distributors. Seen from one side, it’s honest working man David vs. bad business practices Goliath. From the other, it’s entitled gamers vs. art and market realities. I’m usually pretty firmly in the former camp, as can be attested to...

How to Not Be a Jerk (politics-y)

The inspiration for this post came from two other posts that I don’t even want to link to, because giving them hits seems wrong. One was a post by an MMO blogger about how all feminists are part of a cult of angry man-haters (and the ensuing comments about how much people hate those crazy bitches). The second was a post by a video game correspondant for a well-known news site who wrote that “geeky” women...

Game Journalism and ME3: are games art or commerce?

(note: no spoilers in this post) “Some people have argued that in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has delivered something different from what it promised. This is irrelevant. In its role as both an art object and a consumer product, Mass Effect 3 remains the property of its maker. As a final product, it is the expression of those who created it, and its sole objective is to be consumed–not re-created–by its audience.”...

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