First and foremost, I’d like to note that I am writing these columns consecutively and immediately, so all I can do is hope that when I write this it is in the wake of comments from last week’s column about how World of Warcraft has long since stopped making us farm up Nature Resistance gear. It’s not even a thing any more. And in the strictest sense, that’s true, but for all intents and purposes it’s wrong. We’ve been farming Nature Resistance gear for the past three expansions. For those of you coming into the game a little bit later, here’s some history. In The Burning Crusade, one of the bosses (fairly early on) was known for dealing lots and lots of poison damage. The “strategy” for this boss was to stack on lots of Nature Resistance gear, which meant that your stats would be lower for the most part, but you would be able to weather his damage and thus tank and spank the boss until he died. Nature Resistance gear somehow became … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: We’re all farming Nature Resistance gear now
Heroes of the Storm has been updated with the Resistance patch that brings new themed skins into the game. Players can check out the military appearances for Cain as Deckard Pain, Hanzo as Delta Hanzo, Blaze (in human form!) as Cpl. Miles Lewis and, of course, D.E.R.P.A. the new themed mount. We've got the video after the jump! It's certainly an eye-opening new look for Cain. We approve! Read the full patch notes on the Heroes of the Storm site. … [Read more...] about Heroes of the Storm Resistance Skins Includes One for Deckard PAIN!
Yesterday was a bit of a trying day for me personally. I’ve personally been bought into this notion that Mastodon provided a kinder gentler alternative to Twitter, but yesterday largely proved that notion completely wrong. The Fediverse has been the welcome home of the disenfranchised and marginalized, which is awesome since Twitter has not done a great job of protecting that group in any way. However some events happened recently and because of them I am glad that I joined up several weeks ago rather than right now at this time. I was able to see what I thought was the ActivityPub community in its native state, talking about interesting things openly and publicly and willing to friend each other just as easily. I was able to get settled in quickly with the help of a whole slew of people who offered useful advice as I docked myself into a corner of this big maelstrom of interesting things. I started out on Mastodon.cloud which was a large … [Read more...] about Tarnished Hope
Pull Resisted Last night I resisted the desire to re-up my World of Warcraft account… in part because I really did not feel like playing much of anything. When I first logged in I popped into Hearthstone to see what the daily quest happened to be. It was win two matches with a paladin or priest deck, neither of which I have even finished unlocking the basic cards for. I made a valiant attempt at victory on a paladin, only to find out that practice victories did not count. Essentially there is no way in hell right now that I could beat an actual player with either of those decks… even though priest seems to be pretty damned hax based on my regular loss record against them. After that I popped into Rift for a few but could not seem to find the oomph to play that either. Though since the shiny vault was backed up again, I figured I would at least take the time to pilfer through that and help relieve some of the stress. I have been in these … [Read more...] about Final Funk
Back in 2015, I made a few predictions about MMORPGs that I thought had a chance – even if only a slim one – of going free-to-play. Of the six games we addressed, two of them have gone full or at least semi-F2P; Eve Online has a F2P option, while The Secret World dove headlong into F2P in 2017.The other four games on our list – Elite: Dangerous, The Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft – haven’t made any significant changes to their payment models over the past four years, but those aren’t too surprising. I gave them all low-ish chances of doing it, and they didn’t do it. That means I was correct, right? Right? That said, I was a little prescient in one of my side comments: Also, I decided not to include games that haven’t yet launched, like Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade or Star Citizen. Maybe next year? Eternal Crusade is indeed free-to-play now, while Star Citizen launched in 2016 … I mean, 2017 … [Read more...] about What Will Go F2P Next? We Offer Up 6 Predictions