Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

[WoW] The Tanking Topic

April 11, 2011

I know I am a bit of a Johnny-come-lately with this, but I figured I’d chime in a little bit on the WoW Tanking/Healing incentives in the upcoming patch. If you haven’t read about it there are plenty of blog posts about it, but the details can be found here.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether the idea of giving out extra rewards to the less played class roles is good/bad/fair/gimic/etc. Rather I wanted to talk about the root of the problem being why Blizz is trying to put a band-aide on a gushing wound.

Why aren’t people picking the Tank/Healer roles in DF PUGs? I know why I stopped doing it. Not because it was too hard or I didn’t have the skills, but rather I didn’t have the knowledge of each and every dungeon that I was playing for the first time. Couple that with the fact that I play these games to relax and have fun and running a dungeon for the first time as a fledgling tank often involves ridicule and group disbanding. Combined, you have the recipe for Pid leveling to 85 as a DPS paladin.

Now I know a lot of this is well out of Blizzard’s control…ass hats will always be ass hats…but why are people going to bother to learn if there is not an avenue to do so that doesn’t involve griefing and an intimate knowledge of the dungeons before you even run them for the first time. Ugh.

It just seems odd to me that a game that is largely composed of casual players doesn’t have a venue for the casual player to learn how to tank well. The easiest way to reach level cap is to grind quests, which last I checked, needed no tanking skills whatsoever. After 85 levels of fighting trash world mobs how is one supposed to magically know how to hold aggro or turn a boss or go in the right direction in a dungeon?

Honestly Blizz, if you want more tanks, rather than give them a cool mount or gold, give them an ability to mute jerks or instakick them from pugs. LOL

-Pid

Why I Hope Titan Is Not World of Starcraft

January 7, 2011

After the leak of Blizzard’s development schedule and subsequent confirmation of the Titan MMO, a number of people speculate that Titan is just code for World of Starcraft. I really hope that doesn’t happen and this is because I really want a Warcraft IV.

What?

No that is not a typo. The more I play WoW, the more it reminds me that more than anything else, I really like Blizzard’s RTS games, and I like the Warcraft franchise most of all. How long has it been since W3: TFT was released? I’ll tell you, it was July 1, 2003. Seven years ago!

I can totally see Blizz pumping out the Zerg and Protoss versions of Starcraft 2, and then using all that hype to debut World of Starcraft. Then we won’t see another Starcraft game for 10 years. Ugh.

Love ’em or hate ’em, Blizzard makes some damn fine games. It is a shame that the cash cow that is WoW prevents them from furthering what I consider their best franchise/genre.

-Pid

What’s the Story with Cataclysm?

December 10, 2010

I have been reading a lot of love for WoW: Cataclysm in the blogosphere lately and quite a few of the posts say that the new quest experience is awesome because it tells a story while having you do quests. The one detractor that is common is that the game play is more on rails than ever, but if you can get past that then the game is a heck of a lot of fun. I must agree that I am having a blast playing WoW right now, but it is the first time I have ever played it (past level 5 anyway) and I have never experienced the dreaded WoW endgame.

My thought on all this hooplah for WoW and its ability to spin a yarn is that is bodes very well for SW:TOR should BioWare manage to create the nuts and bolts of any MMO with decent quality. I mean Blizzard is known for creating games with polish and good game play. BioWare is known for creating games that tell a great story and their polish and game play isn’t awful either. I have really put TOR on the back burner of my mind lately so that I don’t get too excited about the game, but playing WoW with the new questing is making it hard not to think about TOR. Don’t let me down BioWare!

-Pid

Commence Easy Mode

August 15, 2010

I was playing WoW the other day as a Shaman and boy things seemed like they were taking forever. I couldn’t seem to kill things very quickly and I died a lot. Maybe it’s because I’m a new player, who knows. Anyway, the game states that hunters are supposed to be good for soloing, so I decided to try it out. I still died a lot…that is until I hit level 10 and picked up Zsazz here. Zsazz if you haven’t figured out is the name I gave to the cat pictured behind my hunter. Since I found a pet, the experience has been nothing short of easy. At least from levels 10 to 15.

All that considered, now that I have dinged 15+ I was able to queue up for the dungeon finder. This single contraption personifies why people both love and hate World of Warcraft. I got into the dungeon finder queue as a DPS and after a while, I was prompted that a dungeon was waiting for me. I dutifully typed in “This is a warning, this is my first dungeon run ever.” and we proceeded to run through the dungeon. We got into a bad piece, and wiped. I had no idea what I was doing and before I knew it I was standing in Durator. The folks were pretty nice and guided me on how I should get back into the dungeon and we finished it off. Sweet, my first blue loot! I thought to myself, this is pretty cool. Why doesn’t every game have this.

A person from the newly created guild I joined (they asked and I said sure) asked if I wanted to run some dungeons with him, so my second dungeon was with him. Now this experience was totally different. This one was riddled with name calling and blame casting and regular childish behavior. Now here is the WoW that I have heard about. I must say, I don’t care for it one bit. I can see why people complain about it to no end.

Well, I opted in for one more dungeon queue and this one went rather well. In the immortal words of Meat Loaf, “Two out of three ain’t bad!” I see how fun this dungeoneering can be, but I really don’t know how long I can handle the kindergarten garbage that I saw in the second run. You figure there is a server for everything else, perhaps Blizzard could make a server for us “old” folks that you need to have your age verified before joining. Then again, who knows, these folks might have been older than me!

-Pid

WoW Phishing

August 11, 2010

Ugh, so I encountered my first WoW garbage today oddly enough minutes after I made a post that I had subbed to the game. At least I know that WoW scammers read my site. Anyway, I received an email stating this:

Hello,

Blizzard Entertainment recently received a request to change the e-mail address used to log in to the Battle.net account with the username myemail@wowsucker.com. The e-mail address y***@hotmail.com has been specified as the new username for this Battle.net account. An email has been sent to this new address containing a verification link to complete the change.

Once the new address has been verified, the e-mail address myemail@wowsucker.com can no longer be used to log in to this Battle.net account or any World of Warcraft accounts merged with this Battle.net account.

If you did not initiate this request, please click here to check your login e-mail address immediately.

Sincerely,
The Battle.net Account Team
Online Privacy Policy

Normally I am pretty savvy and can spot a scam a mile away, but today I must have been drunk or something…so I click on the link and then input my email address and, oh it pains me to say it, my password too. Just then I realize…I am stupid…really stuPID. Luckily the email account the scammer used was not the account I use for battle.net, but i went around and changed the passwords on all my accounts that I could think of anyway. Not more than five minutes later though a similar email did show up in the pertinent account. Is this how it is with WoW? I hope not. Ugh.

-stuPID

My Foray into WoW Territory

August 11, 2010

Well I did it…

Things are so boring in Pidville that on a whim I plunked down some cash on World of Warcraft and WoW: The Burning Crusade. I played through Starcraft 2 and decided to leave it be for a little while before I play through it again. I finally got back to Torchlight and beat that game. I got to a dull point in EQ2 and just stopped playing. What was left? I decided that as an MMO/video game blogger I needed to actually try out WoW so that I can at least have an idea what the big guy looks like.

So what are my thoughts so far? I’ll put them in bullet form:

  • If it weren’t for addons, this game’s UI would be unplayable
  • Walking never seemed so slow.
  • 1 – 2 – 3 – 2 – 4
  • Everything seems so orange in Durator
  • General chat is as inane as people complain about
  • Random people running by and helping to kill your mob…cool!
  • 5 people fighting over 3 quest mobs
  • Need three quest items, but the mob drops the items once in 15 kills

Anyway, the game is keeping my attention, but then again it is very new. The game doesn’t seem to do anything all that crazy, but has all the basic things you would expect to have in an MMO…I guess that is why it is the gold standard of the genre. I’ll keep posting as I find new and interesting things to talk about, or if I find something this summer that doesn’t bore me to tears.

-Pid

Multiplayer, So Much to Learn

July 31, 2010

I finished the single player campaign in SC2 last night. Phew! The last few missions were long (at least for me). I tried my hand at multiplayer in the newbie, unranked league. I got schooled in my first match, Pid = Terran vs Protoss, and then won the second which was a terran on terran affair. I know this much…I have a lot to learn when it comes to multiplayer!
-Pid

I R Nerd

July 28, 2010

So I downloaded the 7 gigabyte Starcraft 2 installer a couple of days ago and was going to install it on Tuesday at 1 PM EDT (10 AM EDT) when I saw an advert about midnight release. I mulled it over in my brain:

Pid 1: I want to go to Wal*Mart at 12 AM and get the new SC2!

Pid 2: You are 33 years old, wife, two kids. Seriously?

Pid 1: Well, Duh! It’s S-T-A-R-C-R-A-F-T T-W-O!

Pid 2: Good point. I’ll get the keys.

So there I am standing in Wal*Mart at 11:50 PM Monday night in a conga line of geeks. FYI geeks come in all shapes and sizes. Amazingly I saw not one pony tail. Anyway, geek number one pulls out his credit card…denied. Then he resorts to what I can only assume is rent money to slap down the $80 worth of merchandise he had on the counter. Nice. Geek number five’s credit card gets rejected, so he pulls out $25, and then puts the rest on his credit card. Nice!

Anyway, so at 12:30 AM I was installing Starcraft 2, and at 4 AM I went to bed.

So far the game is fun and the missions are quite engaging. Each of them has a little twist on the normal RTS fare. My one prediction (very mild spoiler) is that the doctor you rescue in mission 4 or 5 double crosses you at some point.

-Pid

It’s Zerg Stompin’ Time

July 25, 2010

Soon my friends, soon!

KERRIGAN!!!!! (Think Rocky and Adrian.)

Beta or Preview?

July 17, 2010

So here I am, minding my own business, checking my email. Letter from my folks, junk mail, junk mail, another letter from my folks, and a letter from SC2betaUS.

Huh?

Beta?

Isn’t the launch in North America in ten days?

I signed up for the beta oh, I dunno, when it really was a beta. Now it is more or less a preview, or a demo. Why do you do these things to me Blizzard? Clearly everyone on the planet is going to buy it, do you think offering me a beta invite a little over a week before launch is going to make me jump up and down and do a happy dance? (For the record, it is quite a sight to see me do a happy dance.)

I’m not really ranting against Blizzard here, but rather just want them to call a spade a spade and a demo a demo. Is that too much to ask?

-Pid