Category Archives: Just Geekin’

Random geeky stuff gamers like, but may or may not be related to gaming.

Move over, Facebook. There’s a new PLAYER in town.

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If you follow me on any type of social media (and I’m on a lot of it), then you may have seen me mention a new site that I’ve become a big fan of. It’s a place where gamers can go and talk about video games, share their own streams, join groups, and discover other gamers from all over the world. It’s the best of Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch all rolled into one. It’s Player.me, and it’s awesome.

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I quit… but years later, I still talk about ‘World of Warcraft’


World of Warcraft is known as the quintessential multiplayer online game… at least it was in its heydey. The folks at Blizzard knew how to make a stunning and thought provoking game, while encouraging teamwork and imagination. It was full of life, along with victories and letdowns came relationships with fellow players and an open world that you could literally spend hours just looking at. But somewhere along the line, it started to falter.

My friends and family like to say, “And on that day, the Lich King died, and World of Warcraft died with him.” There are arguments on whether it’s the fault of the developers for spending so much time on one IP for so long, or Activision and it’s money-mongering ways of trying to appeal to too many demographics (hardcore vs casual). Some place blame on Free-to-Play games saturating the market, while others still uphold the belief that World of Warcraft is the best game out there.

But whether you’re looking for someone to blame, or you think WoW is still alive and well, one thing is agreed upon by everyone I’ve talked to about it. Something changed with the dynamics of the game near the end of the ‘Wrath of the Lich King’ expansion.

WoW didn’t have the same feel anymore. Dungeons that had previously been a major challenge and accomplishment to beat were being nerfed into the ground. More and more “daily quests” were being added for people who didn’t have more than a few minutes to play. Stats were being blown to ludicrous numbers, and epic gear started to lose that “I have to have that” look.

I played up until right after ‘Mists of Pandaria’. At that point, the game just felt like a grind-fest to me, and I no longer enjoyed playing. Back in the days of Vanilla and Burning Crusade, I could play all by my lonesome and still have fun. Near the end of my WoW existence, I would really only log in to chat with my guild mates for a few, before calling it and getting on some other game.

So, where do I place the blame? Honestly, I place the blame on the gamers themselves. So much bitching and complaining about game mechanics, or that something was too hard. That they couldn’t find people to run instances with, or that there weren’t enough things to do in only ten minutes. Even gamers like me, who once enjoyed the game, but soon came to find that they were no longer having fun, but still paid the monthly fee for some reason or another.

You can only feasibly be a great game for one type of player at a time. “Candy Crush” wasn’t made for hardcore gamers that like to sit and waste 5 hours on a game, and they’re not going to change their gameplay to get those gamers to play. But WoW did change. They went from an epic storyline with well developed and nigh impossible end bosses to having pet battles and more quests that you can finish in five minutes than you can shake a stick at.

Blizzard did not keep WoW what it was. And that is the fault of the gamers.

Why do I even bring this up? Well, honestly it’s because I still have conversations about it. The fond memories that we had as guild-mates. The screw-ups, the small victories, the big wins, and the major losses. The many political dramas within the guild that resulted in /gkicks or “soandso has left the guild” messages. The times we couldn’t find our pants in our backpack in the middle of a boss fight, so we didn’t wear any. Fun excursions onto other servers to cause chaos on the other faction. The many holidays spent chasing after some crazy trinket good for one use. Funny or lewd things that would come out of some people’s mouths in the heat of battle. All of this stuff that happened and brought us closer together, not only as an online guild, but also people. And almost NONE of it happened after Cataclysm.

During talk of all these memories, I start to think, “What happened? What changed to make such a drastic difference?” And the answer is simple. We did.

Back in the heat of it all

Interior Monologue:

Well, I’ve finally arrived back home in Arizona.  It’s over 100 and dry outside.  Inside, I sit here typing away as my son plays Minecraft in the living room and my daughter argues her case of why they should be playing Terraria instead.

The rush and craziness of E3 is behind me, but I still have a few loose ends to tie up.  There are still emails to write to new contacts, articles to write on what I saw at E3, and games to play.

Still, I can’t help but feel like I’d be better off moving somewhere like LA, where I might be able to actually get into the inner workings of the industry itself, and set off a firestorm of creativity and awesomeness.  I drove past a few buildings while I was there, including Nexon, Square Enix, and Riot.  As I looked out my car’s window, I just took it all in.  How awesome it would be to be back where I grew up, working at a job I love, in a place where you can find it all.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep plucking away at my freelancing stories, building up my portfolio in the hopes of something greater in the future.

 

Meanwhile:

I got a hold of some of Snail Games’ keys to access Black Gold, and I’m thinking of holding a contest to give them away.

Also, I’m starting up an article on this game called Skara that I found at E3.  It looked pretty interesting, but it’s still in Alpha and looking for people to help support it through Kickstarter.  I’ll be linking up the article when it’s done.

 

Thanks!  ^.^

~Myssiing

Link’s Shadow

As a super fan of all things Zelda universe, I just had to share this.

It’s not SUPERB, but it’s still AWESOME. Check it out!

The Zelda Rap

You know, with E3 2013 coming up in about a week, we’re seeing all kinds of teaser trailers for new games to be shown at the expo. And, a lot of them are really impressive.

They aren’t, however, the best teaser for a game. THIS is by far the BEST trailer for a game EVER MADE.

 

I know it’s old. I know you’ve probably seen it on Youtube if you didn’t see it on your TV in the 80s.  But, it’s worth it, if only for the nostalgia.

I present to you, The Zelda Rap.

League of Draven: Twist of Draven Cinematic

OK, so before you go watching this video, MAKE SURE you’ve seen the ORIGINAL LoL Cinematic (http://youtu.be/tEnsqpThaFg) first.

This is a parody, using the League of Draven.

Kind of funny. Just thought I’d share. ^.^

Cheers!

Nintendo Brings Exclusive E3 Games To More Than 100 Best Buy Stores

Wow. Go Nintendo.

My Nintendo News

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Games shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show are usually playable only by the few industry insiders who make the trip to Los Angeles each year. But Nintendo and Best Buy are teaming up to make sure people across North America can get their hands on a select list of Nintendo’s E3 games. Demos of the games will be playable at 110 Best Buy locations, including 89 in the United States and 21 in Canada. The games will be playable 4-8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and 1-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15. You can view the most up-to-date list, right here.

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XBOX Reveal LIVE

T-minus 15 min for the big XBOX reveal!

Super Metroid Arrives On The Wii U eShop, Costs Only 30 Cents

Wow. Even my preschooler could afford this. Nice!

My Nintendo News

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As part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, Super NES classic Super Metroid is now available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The Virtual Console title requires 42MB to download and costs only 30 cents until June 11th, which is when it will return to its regular price of $7.99. A Miiverse community for the game was recently activated, and in it you can post screenshots from the game to share with other players.

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