Time to Wear Fancy Hats and Kill Deathwing (WoW)

By the time North America gets home from work today World of Warcraft will updated to patch 4.3, and it’s a doozy. Included in the patch are three new 5-man heroic instances, the divisive Looking for Raid system, Transmogrification (seriously, can Blizzard not say ‘appearance tab’ like everyone else ever?), a totally revamped Darkmoon Faire, and of course the potentially final raid of the expansion, Dragon Soul....

Preparing for Auction House War in 4.3 (WoW)

One of my absolute favorite things to do in MMOs is play the economy, whether it’s becoming a crafting baron or “daytrading” my way up the ladder. After switching servers in WoW recently I found myself with a dwindling gold reserve and less than profitable professions, so I decided to make cash from doing my dailies every da– ha ha ha. Just kidding. Clearly it was time to get back in the AH scene, but how to...

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...

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