Credit Where Blizzard Is Due II: smooth combat

PODCAST NOTE: Hey, where’s episode 8? I was sick and out of town for a bit, so the next episode of the Cat Context Podcast will be delayed a week. But in return you’ll get 3 episodes over 3 weeks! August 20 – Dungeon Defenders, Day Z, other stuff. August 27 – We’re talkin’ about the first 24 hours of Guild Wars 2! September 1 – EPISODE 10 LIVE FROM PAX!! Time and guests coming soon....

So Games Are Art Again Now, Huh? (Ji Firepaw stuff)

Hey look, Herding Cats got its very own domain! If you have a blogroll link or bookmark, I’d appreciate it if you could update it to the new URL: lioreblog.com. Thanks a lot. —– Warning: ME3 spoilers Okay fine, I didn’t want to write about the Ji Firepaw debacle because other people have already written about it extensively and I bet y’all can guess what I think anyway. However, a few recent posts about...

Scroll Me! An Azeroth Ressurrection

Totally as a fluke, I recieved no fewer than three Scrolls of Ressurrection in my email yesterday. I’m not sure why some friends suddenly felt it was “Liore Should Try WoW Again” day, but when serendipity speaks like that who am I to not listen? The Scroll acceptance process was well explained and fairly quick. I had to log into my Battle.net account (after remembering my password), and I could select which Scroll I...

Why raid accessibility made leaders less tolerant (WoW)

There seems to be a feeling of regret floating around old school WoW raiders lately. I’ve seen it in other places, but this post over on Raging Monkeys does a great job of summing up the conflict. Syl writes, “To this day, I am deeply resentful; resentful of Blizzard, of the game’s later raid designs that presented my own guild with such a reality. […] Most of all, I resent them for making me that different...

This is why casuals can’t have nice things (WoW)

Here is a post I read this morning on a WoW discussion site. I chose it because it is a good representation of many similar posts I have seen in the last couple of days: I have a Deathwing kill on my Hunter and I’m already finished. But, for the first time ever, I unsubscribed for a positive reason. I came back to learn and gear my Hunter, get a transmog bow, and kill Deathwing. Done, done, and done. Time to move on to other...

4.3 and Finding the Line Between Too Easy and Too Tough (WoW)

I have fallen back in love with WoW this week. Part of it is that I stumbled into a nice little group of folks in my guild with whom I can run instances and get into trouble, and of course the arrival of Patch 4.3 helped a lot. It has not escaped my attention that the patch that returns Azeroth to a state more resembling the oh-so-casual Wrath of the Lich King expansion is the one that has everyone talking and playing. Is returning to...

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