Set aside your French history knowledge for a sec and consider the phrase Reign of Terror in a new light: a light that also falls on Diablo merch. That’s because, as Resetera noticed early this morning, the Blizzard gear store barfed up a bunch of new Diablo stuff, including a poster and tees bearing the “Diablo Reign of Terror” branding. Interestingly, when I saw this pop up, I, like one of the Resetera commenters, could’ve sworn that Reign of Terror was already a Diablo expansion name, but that’s a mis-memory apparently, likely a product of the fact that these dumb words get reused for expansions all the time. As it turns out, Reign of Chaos was used for Warcraft III, and Terror’s End is the last arc of Diablo II, so maybe there’s a connection. Or maybe Blizz is just referring to how long Diablo has been a major force in video games in order to sell shirts. Orrrrrr maybe it’s something to do with the new Diablo stuff the studio’s … [Read more...] about Diablo ‘Reign of Terror’ merch in Blizz store revives speculation on Diablo IV
The second part of this article is about something serious, so we’re starting with the ridiculous first, k? And here it is: Bethsoft has apparently teamed up with Numskull to develop a whole line of Fallout 76 merch. No candles for Fallout 76, but there are “pin badge sets, 3D mugs, keychains, floor mats, and even coat hooks.” We’re positive your spouse would be totally OK with your buying a couple Pip-Boy ornament packs for your tree this year. The Fallout 76 Ugly Sweater would make a fun gag gift for your geeky cousin too. And how about these spiffy incense burners? If you’re totally made of money, you can take a peek at the Fallout 76 editions on sale, just note: As PC Gamer points out, the $115 Platinum Edition doesn’t actually include the game itself. It’s loaded with loot, but no actual disks, so heads-up there. Finally, there’s yesterday’s piece on Motherboard, which digs into academic and military criticism of Fallout … [Read more...] about Fallout 76: Absurd merch, the discless Platinum edition, and criticism of ‘nuke porn’
Yes, it’s that time again, time to drive up to Boston and take part in the annual collection of games and poorly laid-out convention halls that makes up PAX East. There are panels to be attended if you can get in line early enough, merch to be bought, and most importantly for our purposes, interviews to be had. Are you excited? Well, maybe not! Sometimes it feels like the best information about MMOs comes out of small conventions devoted to specific games (like EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft, although that last one is arguably not small in the least). Yet there’s always a bunch of MMO stuff at the various booths just the same; the convention is just more often a time to reach out to players and press who may not follow MMOs studiously, so that tends to be the focus for presentation. But enough explaining the situation; let’s turn the microphone over to you, as it were. Is there anything about MMOs you hope to see at PAX East? A game or two that … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: We’re headed to PAX East – what do you most want to see?
I used to have this really cool job at a comic book store that was also an internet lounge, of sorts (I was the token female on staff). On light days I would sit behind the counter reading comics or watch people play World of Warcraft on the computers. The other awesome thing was the conventions. When I wasn’t behind the booth, I was running around getting my books signed or sketches from the artists. But all that was a while ago; I haven’t been back to a convention with a vendor or as a guest in years. But well, spring is around the corner and that means the beginning of the convention circuit, and I thought it would be nice to go back to one again. Arguably, all the best comic cons are south of the border, but Toronto’s no slouch either. This weekend was the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2010, and seeing as it was such a nice day today, my husband and I decided to go out for lunch and hit the convention on the way. It wasn’t a bad show, but I was only a fan … [Read more...] about Toronto Comic Con
THE GRINDSTONE TRIBUNAL: Why? Why?! WHY?! WHY?!! WHY?!!! Dreskar: Secret World Legends is one of those games that physically hurts to play. I feel insulted every time I see the game in action or whenever just roaming around within the game’s world. It still has some of the old charm of Secret World in there but covered in layers and layers of stupidity, incompetence, and greed. This is not a good game, not by any stretch of the imagination would I ever recommend such a piece of shit, and I honestly feel the developers should be ashamed of themselves. All that cleverness that the base game had, was eroded by the awful UI, flashy gimmicks and constant looming knowledge of lockboxes containing better loot. Combat was absolutely atrocious with no redeeming qualities to it, an over reliance on RNG and little else without even basic variety in builds as you are so hamstrung with so few abilities and passives you can’t make anything unique work. This even extends to the idea that … [Read more...] about Secret World Legends (Episode 100)