Posts tagged ‘WoW’


Today in Diablo III news…

by wfgodbold

We learn that Blizzard really has no clue. At all. Have they never played another game before, or what? This smacks of more MMOification (making it more of a strict numbers game, like WoW).

Since my last post, I’ve lost a hardcore Barbarian in Act I nightmare, and gotten a hardcore demon hunter to Act II nightmare. My softcore barbarian is in Act I hell, and I haven’t really played any more with my monk or wizard (let alone started a witch doctor).

In non-D3 news, I’ve been busy too; summer classes start on Tuesday, and the write-on competition for the law review started this past Monday (and goes until the end of the first week in June, I believe). So unfortunately, it’s not all demons and clicking here.

Especially since I’ve been dealing with the car service people trying to get my headlights squared away. One or the other will randomly shut off while I’m driving, and that’s not exactly helpful (one time both shut off, and wasn’t that exciting). Turning them off and on again fixes it, but usually only temporarily (and I’m not the only one to experience this problem (yeah, I drive a Prius; the price was right, and thanks to the wonders of ethanol-free gasoline, I regularly get 48-50 mpg (I would classy it up with an NRA sticker or something, just to screw with people’s heads, but I’m paranoid (and here I go, overusing parentheses again; like semicolons, they’re a hell of a drug)))).

I’ve been able to avoid the headlight issue for a while by not driving at night, but since my summer classes are all in the evenings, I decided I’d put it off long enough.

I should be back to a more regular posting and tweeting schedule in the coming weeks, but for now, I’ll probably still be intermittent (Oh, I have some D3 screenshots to post, too, but that will wait for another day. Maybe I’ll schedule daily D3 screenshots or something).


You damn kids and your video game war crimes!

by wfgodbold

There oughta be a law!

While it’s undisputed that the Red Cross does good work, this move can only backfire on them:

“In line with the Conference’s aim of strengthening IHL, the event aims at achieving a common understanding of the problem and outlining a course of action whereby the Movement could help reduce these ‘virtual’ — yet very realistic — violations of IHL,” according to the group. “One possible course of action could be to encourage game designers/producers to incorporate IHL in the development and design of video games, while another could be to encourage governments to adopt laws and regulations to regulate this ever-growing industry.”

This calls to mind the huge fracas three years ago when one of the quests in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion had you torture a prisoner to get information.

Look. Torture and war crimes are awful. No one disputes that.

But games are not real.

No one is actually being tortured. Or is actually the victim of a war crime.

Theoretically this would never fly in the US (after all, video games are speech), but that’s never stopped legislators before.


No Diablo III gamer is an island

by wfgodbold

Blizzard’s sequel to their smash-hit Diablo series is going to require an always-on internet connection, even for single player.

That’s fine most of the time, but for people who are often in locations where they don’t have a persistent connection (like if you want to play on a plane), you’re going to have to play something else.

I am intrigued by the idea of cash-based auction houses. I guess their experience with Diablo II and WoW taught them that people are going to figure out how to spend real money on stuff, so Blizzard might as well sanction it and get a cut. The beta review makes it sound like they’ve done a good job, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

To paraphrase Ian Malcom, “The market finds a way.”


Firefly meets Starship Troopers

by wfgodbold

Outnumbered and outgunned, Jim Raynor and his loyal band of space marines has to fight against the tyrannical Arcturus Mengsk and his Terran Dominion on the one hand, and the Queen of Blades and her Zerg Swarm on the other (and some Protoss here and there on the gripping hand); infestations abound and must be cleansed, Protoss artifacts must be seized and researched, and the yoke of oppression must be broken!

In case it wasn’t obvious, my copy of the collector’s edition arrived today via Fedex and; just in time, too!  The free trial I’ve been using for the past few days only had 56 minutes of playtime left.  Extras abound!  Included (besides the Starcraft II game itself) were a making of DVD, a soundtrack CD, issue #0 of the Starcraft comic book, and a USB flash drive in the shape of Jim Raynor’s dog tag (preloaded with Starcraft and the Brood War expansion).  When I next log into WoW, I’ll have a miniature Thor non-combat pet for all of my characters, as well.

I’ve completed seven or eight of the single player campaign missions so far; the game does a good job of easing you into the control system (though sadly my strategy at this point consists of building large numbers of various infantry units and throwing them at the opposition; I really need to figure out some nuance or something (I never thought I would subscribe to the Stalin system of resource management; quantity really does have a quality all its own)), and of not overwhelming you with unit and building options; at this point, each completing each mission gives you a new unit that you can use thereafter.

I’ll probably go through the tutorials this weekend, and maybe watch some videos/replays of people who know what they’re doing;  Ryan and I got stomped rather handily when we tried to play co-op mode against two AI opponents.

If only I’d spent the last 11 years honing my Starcraft skills!


Starcraft II looms!

by wfgodbold

I’ll be going to Walmart to pick it up tonight.  If this were Diablo III, though, I’d have preordered it and be waiting on the edge of my seat.

Starcraft II looks to be a good time, though; I never played the original online (and truth be told, never finished the single player campaign, either), but Blizzard knows how to make a solid RTS.

This game should tide my pc gaming habits over until Cataclysm releases and the WoW grind starts anew.


There go my plans for tomorrow evening

by wfgodbold

It’s finally my server’s turn for 24 hour maintenance.  Just think of all the stuff I’ll be able to get done without World of Warcraft distracting me!

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