WoW Mods for Quitters: a tour of current addons

So okay, let’s just get this out of the way: I seem to be playing WoW again as my primary MMO. I think it’s partially a retreat into an old familiar friend during a time of much external turmoil, and partially the fact that showing up for the end of an expansion means a bounty of content for us slackers. For whatever reason, it’s happening and I don’t wanna hear no guff about it (although I probably deserve...

Steam’s Big Picture: encouraging social PC gaming

In early December Steam launched their new Big Picture mode. Designed to be controller-friendly, Big Picture can ostensibly be used on any monitor but its true purpose is to bring PC gaming into the living room and onto your television. Valve has announced their intention to eventually release a “Steam Box” hardware companion to Big Picture, which could be amazing, but in the meantime the new mode’s users are...

General Healy UI Concepts (and RIFT Addons)

Now that I’m finally getting a handle on how to cleric and which healing specs I enjoy the most (senticars represent!) I can start fussing with the minutia of slightly-less-casual MMO gaming. On the list for this weekend is cleaning out my bank and bags and auctioning anything that I no longer want, but more immediately I indulged in that most ultimate of gamer navel-gazing and customized my UI. RIFT patched in add-ons at the...

NBI: Creating a Podcast on the Cheap with WordPress

As I mentioned last week, May is Newbie Blogger Initiative month. If anyone is looking for some new reading material, I highly recommend going through the official check-in thread. There are a lot of great new sites! A few stood out as being particularly relevent to my interests, including Kemwer Game Blog, Fun Sponge, and Gaming For Introverts. Last week I wrote about finding your voice and creating great content, and today I’m...

The Case Against Damage Meters

The more time that elapses between me and my hardcore raiding days, the more of an MMO luddite I become. I mean, I am an internet nerd who loves working with information streams and optimizing processes, and one of the things I liked about WoW in the first place was the openness of data. How much threat do I have? How much dps was I doing in this particular five seconds of the fight? How much damage does my bubble mitigate on average?...

Feeling Prolix

Still here! Still raiding, still rocking things in the face until they die in RIFT. Plus I have a copy of Dragon Age II burning a hole in my Steam library. If things go well we should have a Nef kill tonight or next week. We’ve got Phase One down smooth. It’s mostly about positioning, and the bulk of the work in that department is done by the Onyxia tank. We have a 40% success rate for P2 right now, I’d guess. There...

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