Deferred Success

This title stems from educators wanting to remove kids from an ‘F’, or ‘Failing’ grade. No more failing – just deferred success! Clearly the change in terminology will make kids all become hugely successful. This Epic Defer is part of a longer list of deferrments by public offcials who manage powerful unionized employees (the same unions that…

Inventory Full

A friend and old guildmate of mine has jumped into blognation over at Inventory Full.  I suppose technically he is a current guildmate from WoW (I am unsubbed, but details, details) and we always enjoyed parlaying in and out of game about games and other fun and relevant stuff. He only has a couple posts…

Don’t Spam Me, Bro

I don’t mind getting information pieces from various MMO’s I have signed up for. I actually appreciate being kept up to date on various things, without having to click or find them. Picking on WoW (I unsubbed a while ago.. again) a bit here as I got an email from them today. After the break.

Combat Testing

I think I have mentioned it here before but worth bringing up again – if you like first person shooters and beta testing go apply for a slot as a Combat Tester. I’ve been in the group since 2007 and have enjoyed access to several betas through them. A list of previous tests through them…

Spinning Politics

I try not to write much when it comes to American Politics – it’s very polarizing and I’m Canadian. My University education was a joint honors in Poli-Sci/Economics so I do watch with much interest, and since what happens to my favorite neighbors to the south has an impact to us Canucks, it’s an important…

Straws, Backs, and Camels

Ok. I’m going to see how long I can NOT buy an EA product. I’m disconnecting my cash from the company. I’ve never had a major issue with the company, either. Their support (for me) has been just awesome. I’ve been buying their titles for as long as I have been gaming. Sometimes, you just…

On Relationships

Not interpersonal human relationships, as that is better served by the professionals. Not MMO player relationships (guilds, etc) as that is still managed between human beings. In Fallout: New Vegas, I am asked to manage relationships in game via two formats – Karma, and Reputation with various groups. Karma is interesting – if you do…

Vindictus-ed

I have spent a couple days in the Vindictus open beta. I don’t really do ‘reviews’ but wanted to share some bullet points about the experience. My initial impression is MMO-lite meets Team Fortress 2, but that is meant as a compliment. 1) Currently there are only 2 character classes, a Fiona (sword and board)…

Minecrafting

I forgot how much I love the sandbox. It even took me a while to adjust my playstyle expectations – big, random generated world that I can do whatever I want with. Sadly, I have lost the ability to post pics to my own blog (help, Joe!) – so I can’t share the sheer awesomeness…

Secure Online Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 cost a reported 100 million to make. Not far into the release, Blizzard bans 5000 players for cheating. I know, I know. The 1337 hackers are always ahead of programmers. Curious though, out of a 100 million development budget, I wonder how much was budgeted to make a game difficult to hack/cheat? Especially…