World of Warcraft is a game that just raised the bar. They took the best features of every game that came before that and elevated them. They added so many things, both good and bad to the genre. Instanced dungeons was so amazing…. “you mean I don’t have to compete with other groups of players for spawns?”. Then there was the amazing backstory behind each of the enemy factions. I remember at one point I ran my own Everquest emulator server and I tried to do just that. Instead of having generic goblins, I wanted to give each goblin tribe a backstory… then damned if Warcraft didn’t do that. This game will always hold a special place in my heart, but this game is the gauntlet that is constantly thrown down to other MMOs. While niche games have evolved the genre, there has yet to be a game that is just light-years better than everything else on the market in quite the same way that World of Warcraft … [Read more...] about 15 Gaming Influences
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My other (real) dog Mara is the prissy one who would have chewed up the AR card before putting up with any of my crap, whereas Strider (the real dog in the above photo) is the smart one who knows as long as he shuts up and stays still, the faster he’ll get things over with and the sooner his crazy lady owner will leave him the hell alone. Which is probably exactly what he was thinking when I took that picture. … [Read more...] about 3DS Adventures: PUPPY SHENANIGANS!!!
While roaming around the blogosphere yesterday I stumbled onto a post on Cheap Boss Attack. This was apparently spurred on by a twitter thread that I did not originally see from a “The Well-Red Mage”. The idea is pretty straight forward… go through the list of video game releases by year and determine what your favorite game for every year you have been alive was. I thought this might be an interesting exercise so I took part in coming up with my list last night. The only problem that I immediately saw is that I am part of what is realistically the first generation who can actually do this successfully. The first commercial video games came out in 71/72 ish and even by the time I was born the list of available games in 76 was pretty short. I of course had to rely on the wonder of wiki pages in trying to sort out what games were released in what years… and unfortunately these pages were not exactly the most complete … [Read more...] about Games While I’ve Been Alive
Sadly, I still have yet to play Twilight Princess. When it first came out, I told myself that I was going to pick it up only when the hype goes away and the prices drop. How utterly, utterly naive of me. Almost 4 years now, and it still retails at the price of a new game. I guess some titles are just that good. … [Read more...] about Nintendo, I Salute You