World of Lorecraft

I’ve had mixed feelings about World of Warcraft over the years and I think it mainly has to do with what I get from it.  You see, I’m a dreamer and a wanderer, I like being thrust in to an huge open world and given the freedom to explore.  So, given the Bartle test I would almost certainly qualify as an ‘Explorer’.  And if I encounter flesh-eating lizards while journeying – well, it’ll make for a more interesting trip I suppose.

WoW’s popularity can be attributed to a number of factors, and one of them is, precisely that; that it has a lot […]

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WoW! New character models

Azeroth, is a beautiful place.  Sure it’s a subjective point of view, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder but honestly, it really is beautiful. I’ve been sat here taking screenshot after screenshot like an Orc on holiday in the Bahamas.  This is fine for landscapes but I don’t know whether you’ve ever tried to get a bunch of marauding demons who want nothing more than to eat your liver, to stop chasing you and pose for an ‘action’ shot.

Since the days of Warcraft II Blizzard have always used a style that’s worked well.  There are some who […]

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Rome II

Novi omnis impetum , deliqui
 

Which roughly translates to ‘I selected all, I charged, I failed’ and is just one of the many maxims I’ve had to learn playing real time strategy games since my first foray in to them in the early nineties.  And I say ‘roughly translates’ because, yes, I did use Google translate for that one, I’m not a Latin scholar I’m afraid.

 

We’ve progressed a bit in the last twenty years from the old C&C style of ‘how many mammoth tanks can I build in five minutes to chuck at the enemy’ and the Total War series was […]

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Quake Live

Impressive
The announcer’s voice rings out like he’s perpetually introducing a Michael Bay film.  It would have probably given me a whiff of nostalgia too if it hadn’t been used and reused so much over the years in various guises (people who make those annoying mods for Counter Strike being a prime example).  Back in the days of Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament though it was – and still is in fact – a great way to be recognised for your actions.  There are still few joys in this world that compare to spinning on the spot and – […]

By |Saturday, 18th October, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meditative Gaming

With the slew of modern games mostly revolving around beating ten tonnes of shite out of something, someone or even each other, it’s refreshing to know that we do have a few alternatives.  The kind of games for those off-days where we feel like slipping in to a hypnotic coma and waking up to a repetition of colourful lights and custom music.

Meditative gaming (although not strictly a recognised genre yet) is an aspect of gaming that I have been rather enthused about on and off for a long time now.  Coincidentally, the frequency of such experiences always creep up […]

By |Sunday, 19th January, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Future of Virtual Economies and MMORPGs

In 2006, a self-proclaimed investment banker walked away with 120,000 US dollars that did not rightfully belong to him.  This money had been invested by clients of the bank under the assumption that it would accrue interest; it did not.  Instead, the owner of the bank waited until there was a sufficient amount to satisfy his needs, took the money, and ran.  Interestingly, the banker’s actions were completely legal, no crime had been committed.  The authorities did not get involved, and nobody even reported the incident to the police.  The bank in question was in fact, part of an […]

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