(Actually, 84. I knew sooner or later I would screw up the count. Thanks for the catch, Rowan!) Welcome back to Sims 3 Saturday, as we carry on with Week 7 of our Family Man challenge. Last week, we saw my Sim’s family tree explode as he continues to go full steam on his procreation rampage through the neighborhood. We were up to 69 offspring, and this number can only go higher as my Sim begins to spiral more and more out of control with his caddish ways. As always, we begin with the birth announcements, welcoming a wave of new babies to the neighborhood of Sunset Valley: Tracy Connors gave birth to twin girls, bringing our total up to 71. Juliet Stump gave birth to twins, making it 73. Toya Reid gave birth to a boy, baby number 74. Kaylynn Langerak, my Sim’s current sweetheart, gave birth to another set of twin girls, thus bringing the count to 76. Sunset Valley’s women have all entered their sunset years! The birthrate is slowing down noticeably, but it’s … [Read more...] about Sims 3 Saturday: Simply 82
Xasthur telepathic with the deceased
The Zandalari trolls are allied with the Horde in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, but their society has long endured without outside interference. The capital city of Zuldazar stands as the oldest city on the face of Azeroth, and all of the many tragedies and challenges that have faced these trolls haven’t yet brought down the city. But if you can’t check the place out in person just yet in the beta, you can take the guided tour on the official site. While the city still stands, there are rumors of rebellion and dark forces moving through the streets, and visitors from the Horde will need to earn the trust of the trolls therein. But there are also the wise Tortollan to be found outside of the city, along with no shortage of wild beasts and, of course, enormous dinosaurs. Players can also find the new dungeons of Atal’dazar not far from the main city, the place where deceased kings rest eternally within the ever-expanding tomb. So it’s a nice vacation spot … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft offers a guided tour of the Zandalari capital, Zuldazar
Since my head is stuck in MMO news, gaming, and discussion for a part of my day, I have been known to conjure up hypotheticals to keep me amused. After all, the news is often so weird and unexpected that my daydreams might one day happen — you never know! One of those I’ve been pondering lately is what would happen, exactly, if a studio brought back online a rather popular long-deceased MMORPG. Say, City of Heroes or Star Wars Galaxies. Just out of the blue, “Hey guys, we’ll be reactivating the game next week, officially. See you then!” While those two titles are almost certainly forever lost to us, it’s not the craziest of questions. We have seen dead MMOs revived (such as Asheron’s Call 2 coming back for a short run, or Shadowbane in other territories, or Hellgate: London). It all depends on whether the code is still out there, the servers capable, and the studio willing. Plus IP issues and all that. Anyway, it’s feasible, it’s … [Read more...] about If we could bring MMOs back to life, what would it be like?
While E3 official starts today and runs until June 14, all of the major studios have already held their press conferences. There were few surprises, no new consoles were announced afterall. But we did get a few controversial morsels. Perhaps the most contentious announcement was that the previous announced Fallout 76 would be online-only and contain no singleplayer mode or living NPCs. Bethesda took pains to avoid the term 'MMO' for their latest entry in the Fallout series, instead going with the latest industry code word 'shared-world' to describe Fallout 76. The multiplayer aspect will mark a stark departure from other games in the series, with comparisons being made to games like Rust and DayZ. While many were disappointing in the direction of Fallout 76, its likely that this game will be a complement to the series and not a replacement of the traditional singleplayer numeric releases. Another moment of outrage came at the EA conference when the mobile title Command & Conquer: … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: What Are Your Thoughts On E3 2018?
Play Elder Scrolls OnlineAlthough our next Elder Scrolls Online venture into Black Marsh is still many months away, I thought I would take a moment to talk about the Argonians. But as intriguing as the Lusty Argonian Maid might be, I will save that discussion for another article and less kid-friendly website. (Side note: Wouldn’t it be hilarious if part of the Mirkmire DLC was finding out the origin of the Lusty Argonian Maid?) What I would actually like to discuss today is the center of the Argonian religion and mythology: The Hist. It’s hard to tell sometimes if the Hist is an actual god-like presence or if it is mythology built up by the Argonians. Maybe it’s both. So if you’re ready for a drug-induced trip into the core of Argonian culture, keep reading. But if you’re not ready for what has to be the weirdest trip into Elder Scrolls lore, you might want to turn back now. What are the Hist? It’s a bit difficult to really explain what the Hist are … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: The bizarre lore of the Hist in Elder Scrolls Online – and how it could matter in Mirkmire