So I haven’t blogged a whole lot lately. My wife’s computer died a little while back and I have been spending a lot more time with her as she gets bored a lot. Worry not, I have ordered new parts and will be updating my PC at the same time.
The parts should be here sometime next week hopefully, then I will be back to normal posting.
There have not been a lot of posts over the last few weeks as I have just been flat-out and have not really had the time to do much gaming at all.
Christmas was a blast and so was new-years. That being said, I am glad that it is all over and I can now return to my normal routine of doing things.
Not a lot of World of Warcraft has been played lately, I have been playing a lot of the games that I have bought in the recent Steam sales. Wow I have spent a lot of money. In between playing the games from Steam I have been playing an aweful lot of League of Legends. I recently started playing Sion with an attack damage build and I am really enjoying it. I have been having a horrible losing streak of late though, bad luck getting teams with afk’ers/leaver’s or with people who simply do their own thing and don’t work with the team at all. For example, I was in a game where we had a Xin that was more interested in getting buffs and killing the dragon than helping us defend, in the process we lost 2 towers and an inhibitor, then he has the nerve to call one of the other players a noob?!?!?!?! It is people like this that make this game suck.
I love LoL and will probably play it for a long time to come but wasting 45 minutes on a game that you cannot win because not only do some of the players suck but will not surrender is depressing. Considering just playing ranked games all the time.
List of steam games I have bought:
Darksiders – I have been interested in getting this since I saw a review on The Totally Rad Show. I have not installed this yet, Steam has been really slow to download from while the sale is going.
Bethesda Pack – I mainly bought this pack for a digital version of Fallout 3 and for Fallout: New Vegas. The pack was only slightly more expensive than New Vegas alone.
Company of Heroes games – I loved these games years ago. I mainly bought these for nostalgia purposes but will still replay them when the time comes.
Mafia 2 – Loved the first game, second looks to be more of the same goodness. Mmm Goodness.
Divinity 2 – Looks interesting and for $20, I think I will get my money’s worth.
Neverwinter Nights 2 – Played the crap out of the first one. Never really played the second game. Looks a little dated but the gameplay still seems solid.
Assassin’s Creed 2 – Played the first one and despite some repetitiveness was still a good game. This game is a whole lot more fun than the first so far.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Played of lot of Modern Warfare 2 and was dissapointed that there were no dedicated servers. This game is much of the same, gamplay is similar despite a few different guns and killstreaks. Dedicated servers make this game much better though, shame the server browser is really poorly done. Games that are 4 years old have a better server filter than in this game.
Of course, there has been a tremendous amount of Minecraft being played. My friends and I have been playing the new survival multi-player and man it is so much fun playing together. After playing the multi-player I can’t really play single player anymore, it just doesn’t seem as fun.
I have also been using DosBox to play some of the old GoldBox games. The games are VERY dated now but are still a lot of fun. I spent a lot of my youth playing these games and re-visiting them has been great fun.
I also plan on hooking into some video editing and getting some videos uploaded to YouTube on the various games that I have been playing. I have some very old but good LoL stuff to upload.
I was away all last weekend so I did not have the time to write up another post.
World of Warcraft! The Cataclysm patch has come out and wow is there a lot of changes. I have been playing it for a few days now and I still don’t know my way around Orgrimmar. Just out of curiosity I made a new baby troll to check out the new troll area. This is a very well designed area, nothing too fancy but it has a lot of variety and is damn fun to play. I am tempted to create a baby orc to check out the orc starting area to see whether Blizzard bothered to fix up some of the issues that I mentioned in my post here.
With the introduction of Troll Druids I don’t have to watch a big hairy cow all the time. The new forms look pretty damn sweet as well. I would still roll a Tauran for a Paladin because, lets face it, everything is better than a Blood Elf. In fact trolls can be everything except paladins, awesome for me considering that I will always roll a troll if I can.
I am only up to level 14 with my Warrior at the moment but I am really liking the way that quests are given out. You have a few quests with a certain person and then he sends you onto the next person etc. Not to mention that the quests so far have been quite varied and fun. I can’t wait till I hit level 15 and start tanking some instances.
My mage that I have mentioned before is now level 73, nearly 74. I am hoping that I will get him to 80 in the next week so that he is ready to rock and roll once Cata hits. I spec’d into fire to check that out and while it was fun, it was nothing compared to arcane, I DESTROY things when I am in arcane spec. Nothing lasts through 2 arcane blasts and barrage/missiles.
All in all, lots of fun and exploring to come, I am still not sure whether I will focus on the level 80-85 stuff or just keep leveling lower characters when the expansion hits.
I have a level 71 mage that I am trying to level up before Cataclysm hits. With all the changes to stats I have ended up with nearly 1000 spell power! This is awesome and helps with levelling a lot. I have the chest and shoulder heirloom pieces and my experience is just flying by.
He has nearly 400 tailoring and enchanting which will also come in handy when Cataclysm hits.
I am currently spec’d into frost but with my mana regen and the raw spell power I have, I think that I would be fine spec’d into any of the talent trees. Water Elementals are damn fun pets to have.
In my past I played a lot of Warcraft 3 and when a custom scenario called Defence of the Ancients (DoTA for short) came out, I was blown away. This scenario was fantastic, you controlled a hero instead of the base and minions like in the normal Warcraft 3 scenarios. I played a LOT of this game. It was addictive and there were so many different heroes to try out.
About a six months ago one of my friends encouraged me to try out League of Legends (LoL) saying that it was similar to DoTA but much better. I was reluctant as I was kind of over DoTA, I didn’t really want to get pulled into another huge time-sink of a game.
I tried it out and I haven’t stopped playing it since. I have a group of friends that I play with regularly allowing us to have a 5-man premade team. There are 2 map types, one is 5v5 and the other is 3v3. I mainly play 5v5 as it is longer and more fun in my opinion.
I won’t bore you with my poor explanation of the game so if you want more information head on over to their website.
I have used and feel that I am competent with all the champions in the game (I get bored playing the same champ over and over) but I have been playing a LOT of Master Yi lately, and when I am not playing him I have been playing Garen. You have to be pretty bad to not have at least a decent game with Garen. There is not really a lot you can do wrong, I build him full tank build and most of the time I have the most kills on my team. I also like to scream “Demacia” through TeamSpeak every time I get a kill or use his ulti.
I am not a strong supporter of mmo titles going to a F2P model, I can see it going both ways. It largely rests on how the individual companies implement it. There are a lot of arguments in the community for and against going to the F2P model.
There have been notable successes with the model, LotRO and DDO have both become distictly more popular since transferring to the F2P model. Whether this equates to more income, I do not know. DDO has announced profit since going to F2P.
My personal opinion is that if it weren’t for LotRO (and DDO for that matter) going F2P, I would never have played them anywhere near as much as I have. I have dropped money into the store in both games which I think is fair considering that I am having fun playing a game that they created. It is only right to reward them in some way.
Now, consider this, the money that I dropped in their store would never have gone to them without the F2P model. I am sure I am not the only one that has done this. I have never lasted beyond the free time in either game when they were subscription based as I could not justify having yet another subscription on top of WoW and Eve Online.
Not a lot of stuff to write about recently. Every man and his dog has covered all the new Wow stuff that has come out. Since there is no real news of note, I will just embellish on a few things that caught my attention.
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My death knight in Wow is currently spec’d as 2-h frost (Mainly due to the fact that there are good 2-handers available at his level). Boy does he do some damage now, I am doing some mega damage when killing machine comes up and I get a critting obliterate. He is only level 67 at the moment, trying to level him to 80 by the time that Cataclysm comes out.
I am going to give up on my 80 Shaman. I am just not feeling that any love is coming to this class. I have play a shaman since launch and has been my first capped character in all iterations of the game (Vanilla, BC, Wrath). Shaman of no matter what spec just seem to be crap. They keep getting these radical changes (Ele shaman’s using lightning shield WTF!) so clearly even blizzard have no idea what to do with them either. I think resto is pretty solid but I still prefer to heal as a druid or a priest.
I have been levelling a priest with some mates through instances, he is about level 46ish and his holy spec’d healing is very strong now. I only ever run out of mana if we have some kind of disaster (huntards pulling other wandering packs, particularly in ZF). Even if things go haywire, all that is required is a mana pot and I let my spirit based regen take care of the rest. They have made it quite easy to heal the vanilla instances so far. Going to try out discipline spec at some point to see how well that works with less than ample talent points.
My 71 mage is looking pretty lonely on a server all by himself. Might bring him over to Khaz’Goroth at some point, he is quite fun to play.
The latest patch brought in a bunch of cool things. Biomes are quite fun to deal with, I have a tree house built in a forest and an Ice Castle (built with snow blocks about 2 minutes walk away. I have had a little play in the “Nether”. I have died numerous times and lost a bunch of stuff in lava, speaking of lava I have fallen into some numerous times, one time in the same spot three times. I had a base built down there with a minecart system but I deleted that would so I could try some new things (my world had biomes but because the chunks had already been loaded I had to walk a looooooong way to see any changes).
Had issues with one world I generated, found heaps of gold and coal but not a lot of iron and pretty much no diamond. Deleted and re-generated, found diamond almost straight away. Thats just the way minecraft rolls.
I haven’t played Eve for a long time, I have a great time in that game but I burn out pretty quickly. I only have one real-life friend that plays it and he also doesn’t play it that often either.
There was a massive battle in Eve the other week. There are plenty more bloggers better at explaining this than me. Ardwulf did 2 posts here and here. Syncaine also did a post here. I think that it is fantastic that a ‘niche’ title can boast such a tremendous achievement. Props to the team over at CCP for building such a stable and fantastically diverse game.
The game that is taking up most of my time recently is League of Legends. I am well and truly hooked on this game. I will make a post about it in the next few days.