Something worth being upset about

I was going to make a point to not write anything about Blizzard for a week or two because I’ve talked a lot about WoW lately and other blogs have still not shut up about pandas. (No, they’re not talking about the expansion in general, just debating whether Pandaran are silly. You know who’s silly? People who are still frothing about pandas, on either side of the argument.)¬†However, despite my intentions something...

WHY ARE WE SHOUTING ABOUT PANDAS?

Hey guys! Anything interesting in MMO-land happen this weekend? Okay, okay, I kid. If you’re reading this, then you more than likely already know that on Friday Blizzard announced that the fourth expansion pack for World of Warcraft will be Mists of Pandaria. The reaction to this announcement has generally been derisive, and bloggers in particular have been deleting their characters in protest and declaring that they’re...

And then when I woke up I was green

I know I swore I would never give Blizzard Activision one red cent again. I know! And I meant it! At the time! But then there’s all this Dragon Soul raid info coming out and it’s Blizzcon week so there’s a little bit of Blizzard pixie dust in the air and a very nice coworker talked to me about his uber-casual guild and I’ve always wanted to try Horde and… then this happened. I haven’t been in...

Serve Blizzard a Slice of Humble Pie

EvE Online has made a number of controversial business decisions lately that were rumoured to be causing a drop in subscription rates. Yesterday the CEO of CCP (the company behind the game) posted a pretty unflinching mea culpa in regards to those decisions. I don’t play EvE myself, but as a general online game consumer I was impressed by the humility evident in this letter. It was nice to see a game company admit they could be...

Mo’ Games, Mo’ Problems

Just a few quick notes today as both work and play are kicking my butt this week. Tyrande Whisperwind finally got a makeover! I think most if not all of the other female major lore figures in WoW have been freshened up before now, and Tyrande and her Mooncloth Robe were certainly overdue. Blizzard is typically pretty bad at powerful armor for women, and this is no exception. (Seriously, check out Azshara’s pasties.) One of my...

Questing is dumb, or why Liore levels slowly

For the first time in my MMO career, I’m behind the guild pack in levels. I mean, everyone in the Cats knows I’m a legendarily slow leveller, but usually it’s alts that dawdle while my main buckles down and gets to cap ASAP. I took a break from RIFT (and all games, really) for a month or two, though, and the result is that my main is definitely behind the times. I know that some people get a kick out of questing and...

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