Don’t Call it a Comeback
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2015, 11:59 am
It’s been a while.  I’ve been itching to do more writing and to get the blog flow going again.  So, coming soon, I’ll be bringing the blog back to life.[ . . . ]


Good Night, Vanguard
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2014, 11:01 pm
So it has been a really long time since I have been in this chair.  Writing a blog post that is.  With where I work, it’s best to be silent and thought a fool rather than open my mouth and remove all doubt.  This  way I don’t accidentally say anything that gives away any company […]



Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 September 2012, 9:22 am
(Reposted  from 9/11/09  Even though I don’t really blog any more, I want to keep Fred’s story alive) I never met Ferdinand Morrone.  This is his story… Before he ever became the Superintendent of the New York Port Authority Police, Ferdinand Morrone had a law enforcement career that most cops would envy.  Born in Brooklyn, [...]


We’ve moved.
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2011, 12:54 am
I’m starting to blog again, so I thought I’d let anyone know who may still have this in their newsfeed that you can now find me at http://thegrouchygamer.squarespace.com.  Things with WordPress were getting, er, complicated and this new tool is very easy for me to administer.  So please update your links and we’ll see you [...]


SOE is shutting down SWG in December
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2011, 4:19 pm
According to John Smedley in an interview over at Massively, SWG is on it’s last legs. Unfortunately, on Thursday we learned that just won’t be so. Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Star Wars Galaxies will be shutting down on December 15th of this year, marking what is in my mind the most significant sunset of a major [...]


December 15th, huh?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2011, 6:43 pm
I wonder if SOE just told us the ship date for SWTOR.


I’m toast.
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2011, 4:56 pm
This from Gabe over at Penny Arcade about SWTOR… “I don’t want to drill down into too much little stuff about the game but there is one feature I have to tell you about because I think it is really cool. If someone in your party is off grabbing quests while you’re selling junk at [...]


Casualties of War? Coming soon to SWTOR
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2011, 10:02 pm
So as many of you are aware, Bioware has opened up guild creation for pre-launch guilds in advance of Star Wars: The Old Republic.  One of the ideas is that you can form your guilds and alliances with other guilds.  On launch day, they will try to get everyone who wants to be together (both [...]


Vanguard Crafters is Closed
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 November 2010, 8:51 pm
Since March of 2005, Vanguard Crafters has been operated by me or by other volunteers to serve the community and the developers in Vanguard and the associated crafting community.  I have not been actively involved in it’s operation for quite some time.  The amount of link spam and the attacks on the wiki recently,  paired [...]


MMO Elitism and You!
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 May 2010, 12:18 pm
Last week, Wolfshead’s thoughtfully written and nicely crafted article about Why the MMO Industry Needs a Real Cataclysm set me to thinking.  First of all, I don’t have nearly the industry pedigree that he has.  Second of all, he took an idea from mid air and fleshed it out with cogent arguments.  Third, it was [...]


Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty to hit stores this summer
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2010, 12:46 pm
Blizzard announced that the much anticipated sequel to it’s mega-popular Starcraft will indeed be in stores this summer.  As a matter of fact, it will street on July 27th, 2010. According to Mike Morhaime; “We’ve been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we’re excited that the time for that is almost [...]


Thank You, Panama
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 April 2010, 3:15 pm
February of 1995.  My wife at the time was expecting our daughter.  We had just moved into our new apartment and we wanted to warm the place up.  We went out and found ourselves a little kitten for our new home.  He was little tiny and orange.  I remember him being active that brought him [...]


Darren is going to Blow A Gasket
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2010, 3:09 pm
Forgive me Father, it’s been almost 90 days since my last post. A while ago, you might remember Darren over at The Common Sense Gamer losing his mind a little when one of the publishers had the audacity to ask for $10 for an in-game horse.  Well Darren is going to absolutely flip over this then. Blizzard is [...]


Healing the Anitsocial and My Role in it
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2010, 3:11 pm
I’ve been making some observations lately in WoW regarding healing and the Dungeon Finder.  I’ve been thinking about writing about it for a few days, but Spinks and Syp have both beat me to it. Spinks article is about “You can’t heal stupid,” which is absolutely correct.  Syp writes about the unwritten rules that healers have in “The [...]


We’re Getting the Band Back Together!
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2010, 12:34 pm
So on the Casualties of War (CoW) (www.casualtiesguild.com) forums the other day I noticed that a few of the folks in there were interested in getting going in WoW again.  And I said to myself; “Self, YOU are playing WoW.  Wouldn’t it be great to get a CoW group together again over on the [...]


Bloggers: Be Objective. At least.
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 December 2009, 11:58 am
First a little housekeeping… I’m still occasionally posting here, but mostly I’m posting at I’m Talkin’ Games.  OK, that’s done.. Now to business. I don’t usually call out other bloggers because usually they have their opinions, which everyone knows is like a part of the body, and they are entitled to that opinion.  My standard for [...]


I’m an Idiot
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 November 2009, 11:16 pm
I may have used that title before, because let’s face it.. In my case it’s pretty recyclable. I’ve ranted here before about microtransactions, and the negative effects of RMT on today’s games.  I’m not a big fan.  But what I don’t like is the type of MT that gates or changes game play.  So when Blizzard [...]


I’m Talkin’ Games!
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 October 2009, 12:20 am
So you may have noticed that my posting has slowed down here a little bit.  That’s because I’ve joined Br3ntbr0 over at I’m Talkin’ Games! or ITG! I’m excited to join a multi-author blog.  Some of my favorite blogs (I’m looking at you, KTR) are multi-author and I’m hoping that some day we can get the [...]


SOE Management – Why So Clueless?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2009, 11:50 pm
So it’s baseball playoff time, and I’m enjoying a game on TV when I get an email.  It’s from SOE.  They want to make sure that I know they are closing about half of their SWG servers.  Yeah, OK, I know that.  And they want me to know a couple other things.  To quote; In accordance [...]


Is the Shiny wearing off Aion already?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2009, 1:23 pm
It always starts like this.  Hot New Game that everyone wants to play.  Lots of people buy the box.  First month is getting to know the game.  It sure is pretty/authentic/fun.  All your friends are playing it.  You might have broken down and bought it yourself.  It’s a lot like EQ/WOW/Lineage and you wonder if [...]


End of Discussion…
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2009, 10:59 am




Champions: See you down the line…
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2009, 8:33 am
This week I decided to go ahead and cancel my Champions Online account.  I think there is a general malaise at my house when it comes to MMOs. So I guess I have to tell Champions; “It’s not you, it’s me.”  I need to see other MMO’s. Champions is a fun game and I think that [...]


Blizzard: Game Development-Just Slow Down
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2009, 12:30 pm
All of us love our games (I assume you do too, and that is why you are here) and most of us want exciting new games to come along.  We want them fun, we want them nuanced, we want them polised.  Oh, and we want them right damn now.  Why does it take so long [...]


GameBreakR Goes Live at AGDC
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2009, 5:10 pm
I’ve been a fan of Gary and Ryan from MMOG nation for a while.  I used to listen to their podcast back when theirs was just about the only podcast out there about MMO’s.  Gary Gannon, the Gary from the aforementioned team has been semi-retired from podcasting and community in general for about a year [...]


Amazing Accomplishments of the Daft
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2009, 1:51 am
Among the great things that are accomplished by people every day, I have always pointed out that doing so is easy when you are smart. Accomplishing things when you are an idiot requires some effort and determination.  Many of the things I have accomplished in my life are heroic in nature because at the very core [...]


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