A New My Sites Section
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 1:10 am
My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to …

LOTRO Fall Festival 2014
Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 11:10 pm
Fall Festival is running this year from October 21 – November 2, 2014. This guide is here to help you find all the events available. The primary currency of this festival is Fall Festival Tokens. Collecting these can help you buy the goodies listed in the rewards section below.

Vacation Backlog
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:10 pm
I’m back! I took a month off from the blog. Unintentionally. Basically I discovered that Kerbal Space Program had added a career mode since the last time I tried it, and got extremely focused on the game.  Like I did when I first started playing Minecraft and again when I started playing with mods. I’m […]

New Splash Arts Spotted on Worlds

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The Evil Within’s Music to Our Ears
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 2:55 pm
Does the soundtrack of your life need a little more intensity? Madness? On the heels of last week’s release of The Evil Within, evil can now take hold of your music library. The Evil Within Original Game Soundtrack features 18 iconic tracks from the game, which is more than enough to build the tension between […]

Free Champion Rotation
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 1:03 pm

This week's free champion rotation has been posted. These champions will become free to play starting tomorrow October 21st. Click a champion’s icon for guides.

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A Short and Bloody Visit to F7C-H0
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Well, it was a short visit for me. The highlight of weekend fleet ops up until Saturday evening had been flying around Black Rise to pop a couple of Black Legion faction battleships with DBRB.  I hadn’t been in one of his fleets in ages, and it was good to see that he hasn’t calmed […]

The World of Warcraft zone name generator
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 12:00 pm
For kicks, I broke down some of the generic fantasy mishmash zone names in WoW into a chart so that they could be rearranged to make even MORE generic fantasy mishmash zone names.  Blizzard, you may pay me for this … Continue reading

October 20 - October 26
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:46 am

I'm really not sure what to make of Beyond Earth. I think I still feel a little burned from when Firaxis released a revamp of Colonization, and I ended up playing it for about 15 minutes. It's been a while since I've had the Civ V bug, and Beyond Earth — from everything I've seen — ultimately looks like a really well crafted skin of Civ, but a skin all the same. I'm really not sure how much I want that. I'm really hoping to be pleasantly surprised, which is why I'm still going to give it the nod for my game of the week, but my enthusiasm could certainly be higher.

Want to take a moment here to recognize that our own Alan "Pyroman" Cook is getting married this coming weekend. He has made the disastrous choice to have the Meeples play at his reception, and that's pretty much what the rest of my week is going to be about — practicing four songs over and over again so I can bungle them as little as possible in front of other people. All that aside, I wanted to take a second and wish Pyro congratulations. This is really the big thing happening this week as far as I'm concerned.

It's probably worth mentioning the release this week, also, of Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U. It's been a while (ever?) since the Wii U got a major exclusive that wasn't a first-party title (edit: apparently it is first-party — I was wrong). It will be interesting to see how it's received here state-side, given some of the other ... unpleasantness going on in the broader community. Also this week, Just Dance 2015 and The Walking Dead: Season 2 come to a variety of console systems.

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LOTRO: You always take us to the nicest places
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2014, 9:00 am
Well.   Here we are: the Dead Marshes.  Thanks, Frodo, for encouraging me to get out of that dank, dusty Shire paradise and go to all of these wonderful places.  I would not have had the opportunity to combat foot rot … Continue reading

My Top Ten Favorite MMORPGs — so far.
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Online Game Development India
Posted by Write The Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 9:37 pm
Online games development is the word for those that happen to be developed and also played over model of computer mobile phone network. It deviates from very simple text primarily based games for you to games shown with precisely designed graphics and even virtual community populated by just many individuals simultaneously. Nowadays, the creation of […]

WildStar: Saying goodbye to Evindra
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 3:00 pm
Last night was our guild’s — and our server’s — last night on Evindra before today’s megaservers happened, so being the fun-loving group that we are, we threw a huge party to mark the occasion! I had never been to … Continue reading

WildStar: Jem and the Holograms
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 9:00 am
After getting some TSW and RIFT time in yesterday, I had an hour or so before bed to check in with WildStar’s now-activated MEGASERVERS.  MEGASERVERS must always be typed in all caps.  Do not stare straight into the MEGASERVERS.  If … Continue reading

The Secret Adventures: The Lady Margaret (Kingsmouth #10)
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 9:00 am
(You can follow my playthrough of The Secret World on Bio Break’s projects page!) Dawning of an Endless Night (story mission, tiers 3-6) With all of Kingsmouth’s missions done (yayyy!) I’m finally freed up to concentrate on the main story … Continue reading

VGM of the Day: “Runway” from Goldeneye 007
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 1:20 pm

Starting Next Week: Blogging 201
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 11:00 am
The next (free) Blogging U. course focuses on growing your audience and building your site's brand.

New Theme: Penscratch
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 1:00 pm
Penscratch is a fresh, stylish design for sharing your writing.

SoW – Progress week 1
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 8:28 am
I have played some more Shards of War this week, fitting in a few matches each day. The games is still in development and hopefully things like the matchmaking will improve as time passes. I wasn’t aware until this week that the “Dragon” could be obtained and used to lane push, similar to Strifes giant […]

Waves of Co-op Fun
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 7:09 am
Yesterday FlyinPinkMunki and I joined in with another Bragtoberfest event playing some Team Fortress 2 with Izlain, Doone, Roger and Jeromai. As shooters go TF2 is such good fun, compared the game to other modern shooters and the classes are much more varied and give you many different roles to play.Perhaps it’s why it’s so easy […]

What's there to complain about?
Posted by Troll Racials are Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2014, 1:07 am
I love a good complain. Change anything and I bet I can complain about it. And that's why the pre-warlords patch has me so angry. I'm at a loss for legitimate complaints. Oh sure, I have a few, but it's just not enough for a frothy-mouthed rage.

As might be expected, I'm a bit peeved about the switching of UBRS. And at first I found it to be terribly boring. Then I remembered an old pet peeve: people who watch TV while playing: paying no attention, making mistakes without even noticing), and generally making me wonder why they're even logged in. I'd become one of those people.

Pausing Netflix, I turned the sound back on, and focused on the game. Suddenly I could heard what I'd been missing, and generally notice. I pulled more carefully, rewired the gun turrets to help us, and soaked in as much fun as I could. Turns out, there's actually a bit of fun to be had. Maybe when it isn't half an instance I'll enjoy it more. In the meantime, it's nice to run a place where I can actually die if I play badly. I need to remember to bring my ring from LBRS to see if I can get a second Vael.

On the other hand, I like how the weird squish-non-squish has screwed up the already-broken tuning of old raids. Everything dies as if it were meant to be soloed, perhaps because Blizzard realized that people are typically running these solo or in small groups. I wouldn't say they're "tuned" for that, not in the sense that they're remotely challenging for such groups. It was fun to be able to just run straight into some of these places and knock them out without trying to rally friends to the cause, what with their annoying habits of having lives outside of outdated raids.

The invasion event was mildly interesting, though also almost an exact copy-paste between Alliance and Horde. Oh no, my filler content wasn't carefully customized for each faction! At this point the Iron Horde seems somewhat generic, but it probably doesn't help that I've seen literally nothing about the expansion outside of the game and whatever I saw on wowhead while looking for UBRS loot.

People in trade are mad about the squish, or some ability being removed, or... something or other. It's an enlightened bunch. Someone claims the squish ruined everything. As best as I can tell, in practical terms nothing changed, except that my Thunderfury, due to a fully-powered proc, seems to work just fine. (I got buffed! Wee!) I am still in the habit of trying to refresh Inquisition. I asked in trade if hunters still need mana; someone replied that they never needed mana. Jokes are wasted on some people.

I'm glad to have an enchanter; strange dust is selling well in pairs, thanks to the Fire and Poetry event, though I'm guessing that will slow down as people finish the quest. And then pick up again as people realize they haven't finished the quest.

Trolls look weird when they run.

Tech 3 Destroyers and Other Tidbits from EVE Vegas Keynote
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2014, 5:30 pm
EVE Vegas is running this weekend.  The one time player driven event that has turned into a CCP sponsored affair, complete with a keynote speech full of new treats. CCP Seagull kicked things off with a theme and overview of how CCP is looking at the upcoming changes.  The idea is that CCP wants to […]

Does McDonald's make the best hamburgers?
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2014, 2:54 am
Azuriel argues that things contain a mythical factor called "quality", that reviews should somehow reflect that mythical quality, and that consumers are all idiots because they rarely choose the best thing available. I believe that consumers are quite rational, and that they make choices on a highly complicated multi-factor analysis. Thus McDonald's isn't more popular than other burger joints because they make better hamburgers. It is that in the needs of the consumer the quality of the hamburger plays just a small role. As long as the hamburger is sufficiently good, and not more unhealthy than other burgers, consumers don't put quality of the hamburger on top of their list of criteria. I personally like Burger King more than McDonald's. But as there are no Burger Kings in Belgium, guess where I end up going! I'm not driving to a neighboring country just because the burgers are better! McDonald's is the most popular because they got the MIX of factors that consumers care about right, with location, price, parking, cleanliness, children playing areas, and so on. For many goods consumers care a lot more about price than about quality.

If we want to rank burger chains, we need to look what people care about when choosing a burger chain. If we want to rank books, we need to look what people care about when choosing a book. If we want to rank video games, we need to look what people care about when choosing a book. It is as simple as that. If, as Azuriel pointed out, more people like 50 Shades of Grey than Nineteen Eighty-Four, that doesn't mean that people buying books are stupid and unable to recognize the more culturally relevant book. It means that cultural relevance isn't very high up on their list of criteria of choice. If you buy a book for entertainment, for reading on the beach, the Da Vinci Code or 50 Shades of Grey *are* better than Nineteen Eighty-Four or Ulysses.

In the case of books ranking books by cultural relevance and education value still makes some sort of sense. I was born before computer games even existed, and my childhood was filled with books. A whole lot of my education comes from books. If you put all books on the same list just by sales numbers, you get a mix of books that sell because they are entertaining and books that sell because they have cultural value. So looking at those two factors separately would be a good idea.

I doubt the same is true for video games. Yes, there are cultural / artsy video "games". But they aren't a huge cultural influence. Very, very few people choose their games based on cultural qualities. Video games are nearly exclusively chosen for their entertainment qualities. Games like Mountain or Dear Esther are more curiosities which sell because they are so very different from the usual fare (and cheap). I doubt you can get to the same degree of education by playing video games than you can get by reading books. The overwhelming reason why people buy video games is for fun, for entertainment. And that is why I think video game reviews should look mostly at that entertainment value factor. The "best" game is the most entertaining, most fun game. And what I want from reading a review is that it tells me how likely it is that I will have fun when playing the game, and not regret the purchase.
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Short Stories: Xerath - Unbound, Azir - Arisen, Story Discussion
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 11:00 pm

Short Stories: Xerath - Unbound

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This was the moment.

The singular moment that had cost him so much, that had taken a lifetime of planning. A corrupt empire and its strutting princeling would be struck down under the blankly idiotic sun symbol they both so trusted. The key to immortality, jealously guarded and miserly offered, would be his alone, stolen in front of the entire world. A singular moment of perfect vengeance that would finally free the slave known as Xerath.

An Exclusive Look at Evil Within Art
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2014, 7:37 pm
This weekend see never-before-seen concept art from Tango’s Ikumi Nakamura at  Australian site themusic.com.au & Telegraph UK

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