Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Looking forward to E3

As always I'm looking forward to the big gaming conventions. I know myself well enough to know that I enjoy waiting for most games, as much as I enjoy playing them (this holds true for more than 80% of games released, case in point: Brink, way better in theory than in actual game). So release dates, new exciting games and dreams of hours of extreme fun and frustration! Love it.

So no surprise that I'm looking very much forward to this years E3. This year in particular for loads and loads of reasons: Last year was the first year for E3 out of its self-imposed "for developers and press only" weird idea, and it was a huge success, gaming (imo) really needs that one big blow-out show where the winters big releases gets lined up against each-other. Its like the Oscars but in reverse (that makes plenty of sense, shut up).

Another reason I am so very much looking forward to this years E3, is that I am willing to bet loads of pence, that this is the event where Bioware will release a release date!
... What do you mean, "for what?"?
Star Wars The Old Republic, ofc

Also, I am hoping for release dates for D3 and partly for Heart of the swarm. I liked the solo-part of SCII, so I am hoping for more of that, plus a fixed story-line where I didn't skip between story-parts if I chose another planet than what Blizz had expected. Aaanyways.

I am also looking forward for more info on Torchlight 2, GoW 3, Skyrim, Arkham City, Mass effect 3 And Guild Wars 2.. It is going to be a sweet year!

Also, I am considering starting in WoW again, playing dungeons only on my Paladin. I really burned my fingers on Aion and my very pregnant wife, has taken our couch (and by extension my Xbox) hostage from now on, so I can't really waste time there. For now, I got chores and reading, but I think that eventually I'll have to get a game for my PC that I can get excited over, and Swtor seems a long way away still (fingers crossed for that beta!!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

The robots are coming (to play ball!)

This is a bit off-topic (how can anything be 'on topic' in a rant blog?)

Anyways, I stumbled over this robot catching balls and making coffee.

So soon it can play ball, and make coffee, throw in a hot evening dress and Mrs Dwism has some serious competition.

I kid....

I swear

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This just in: Blizz hates mages! (and locks and big ugly moonkins)

So the brand spanking new Legendary staff has been revealed, and not a damn was given.


Because it is the most boring Legendary Item in the history of wow.


Because it does not -do- anything.
(from mmo-champion)

What do you mean, it does not -do- anything? It has Spellpower comming out of the Wazoo!!

It does, and nothing else. Legendary weapons always* used to have some component that made it interesting. Remember Thunderfury? with the lightning effect? It made all the difference in the world to tanking. More recently Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings made cool bubbles, that made our resident tree-hippy-druid think he was a real healer (you know, Disc priest).

And then here comes Dragonwrath and adds NOTHING to the mix except moar sockets n SP...
The reason for that is twofold: Casters are boring, so they get a boring staff, and Blizz hates Mages (especcially -you, yes you-)
..You might argue that the same thing could be said about Warglavies 

Yes I would say..

But you would be ugly and wrong and ugly, and look like a mix between a gnome and a female human, just wrong and ugly!

I don't see how that was called for, besides you didn't explain the difference

There is two of em!

Oh and am wrong and ugly

yes Calli mage, you are

*disregard Atish... uhm because it ruins my argument

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May the fourth be with us indeed!

Boom, went Star Wars. Apart from the obvious like: Blu-ray versions of the films announced, there where heaps of interesting new tid-bits in relation to the important things (...the game!)

Best news ever
European testing may have started. I signed up for that nearly two years ago, so "hell its about.... ect"

Also best news ever
Game to be released in second half of 2011, so my predictions of april 2012 seem to be way off (thank you Jebus)

Interesting news.. ever
Space combat was discussed. I am actually looking very very much forward to this. I like action games too, and a bit of variety (*real* variety, not like the move your toon to pick up stuff or hit stuff or talt to stuff or pick up stuff to talk to stuff you will hit on - type of deal) in my dailies will be a welcome change. I'm also a kid of the Arcade-halls, so I like rail-shooters, so I just might be a bit biased on that one :)

Weird news that turned out to be really interesting news... ever
Lore time!! This time around... dun dun dunnnnn Humans!
And it's an really interesting article!

All in all May the fourth was a neat day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How fanboy'ism crept up on me

So Tobold made a post. A post about something completely different. He made a post about solo-endgame progression. A great post. But in the end he wrote the words that will ensure that he burns on the righteous fires of Truthness and rightfullness and Game'isms!
[Talking about wow] And with patch 4.2 still being months away, this might well be a case of too little, too late. But then, lots of players might be back in WoW at the end of the year, if SWTOR is really such a dud as some previewers claim.
 Then he linked to a preview of Star Wars ToR that was... Less than favorable.
Now, some of you might think that this quote wheren't all that bad, you might even say: "Hey Dwism, based on that preview, the things he said where very balanced and seemed very objectively true." Oh yea?

Well you would be Completely... right.
And that is the weird thing, because, it did seem to stand to reason, that if the game is as horrible as the preview indicates, then SWTOR will be a dud and people (ie me) will return to wow.
My response to him (via buzz) was something along the line of: "OH YEA??? well those people who wrote that SUCKED ASS!!"
...At least that was my first draft. Then I took a deep breath and rewrote it, so Tobold wouldn't block me forever for being a Gevlon-esque type of moron. What I did attack, and what I still stand by as being a fair and even critique: The previewers ragged on the following
- Spawntimes
- The fact that a ranged class stood still and "only" did ranged damage
- Quest-chains in an epic storyline took you on many smaller quests leading up to the grand arc
- The plot was not as fast-paced as the other Bioware games, and there where KILL Quests (how dare they??? Kill quests in an action MMO? The sky is indeed falling)

What our discussion lead to this excellent post from Tobold about what people are expecting from SWToR. Because most of the stupdity of that preview post stemmed from (imo) that websites expectations that SWTOR would be the second comming of mmo's. I don't think it will. For me, the game has succeeded if it has the class balance nearly of wow (as opposed to the class balance Bioware has in their single-player games... mage in dragons age anyone?), combined with a story almost as good as that of normal Bioware hights and loads and loads of things to do!

Back on point
What disturbed me the following day, was not the discussion as a whole, but rather my reaction to it. Why did I flare up about a stupid gamesites stupid preview of a game I've not played? I've never been much of a fanboy (although I do prefer Dr peppers over Coke, and Puma over Nike... and Celtics over that crap team from L.A.), no really... Ive never been much of a fanboy, but all of a sudden there I was, getting steamed over this silly preview. It was kindda really a scary experience. I had indeed fallen to a low I'd never thought I'd reach. Still today, in the aftermath, I can reread that preview and get all "morons, what did you expect" over it.
But hey, at least an opinionated preview is better than this stupid thing from over at IGN Their premise is good enough: "what would a non-mmo player and non-star wars fan, think of 48 hours of playing the games starting area?" but the result... I feel like I've just read the abstract of an article. Wheres the meat?
Anyway I, Dwism, have learned a lot, and I solemnly swear to never nerd-rage and fanboy defend something I haven't even tried yet myself... unless the author is a moron...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Weird coincidence on Aions homepage?

I've thought a lot above the screen-shot i took below, and I've decided that the wording Aion uses is entirely on purpose, since they -at launch- spoke a great deal about a great cataclysm happening in their world too.

So... Instead of believing that they have the worst possible translator associated with their homepage, I choose to believe they have a very dark sense of humor. (Not that I've been able to spot *any* sense of humor in game, thus far)