Starcraft 2 Owns Me…

They made a lot of good little changes to the campaign mode and I got trapped in the “Just One More Level” mindset. It’s pretty genius even if there are all sort of similarities between it and Warhammer 40K and even Mass Effect to some degree.

They made a (semi) RPG RTS with their single player campaign. Each crew member has a bit piece to say here or there and that leads you to a mission. You get credits (money) for completing missions which you can use to upgrade your units, vehicles or buildings. Also there is a Alien Tech Tree for Protoss and Zerg that lets you pick between one ability and the other (on each of the trees) as you discover more and more about the different alien races.

I won’t get into too much detail but, good stuff Blizzard.

Joke Is On Me…

Several months back when Batman: Arkham Asylum came out I picked it up and played it pretty hard for a couple of sessions when I got to a point where the game appeared to crap out and restart. Batman was walking down the hall and suddenly the screen went to shit and restart of the game.

So I reloaded the game, same thing.

Checked the disc, no scratches.

Turned off the system and let it cool down, trying again the next day, same deal.

I ended up deleting the local content it installs and had it reinstall that.

No luck.

So I shelved it.

Recently, I picked it back up and tried playing through again – holding my breathe at that part of the game.

Same shit.

Wait a sec. The moon has Scarecrow’s face instead of the Bat. Joker is driving instead of Batman?

Ah crap! It was a Scarecrow level that wasn’t as obvious as the previous ones.

Good times.

Game done. All the riddles solved and the Riddler put away. Joker and all the others were thoroughly spanked. All in all, it was a really short game – but still a lot of fun.

For those of you that played the game through and heard me describe my woes without telling me that it was part of the game?

I hate you. You’ll get yours… oh yes… yes you will! MOUAHAHAHAAHAHAA!

On a serious note, that game made me want to subscribe to the Batman comic. I’m sure the boys would love it too… at least the non-graphic novel stuff (though they’d prolly like that too).

38 Studios MMO…

A friend just IMed me this (yes, people still use IMs in the era of Twitter) and I have to admit it was sort of off the radar for awhile. It might not be news to some of you.

We are thrilled to reveal our first title, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, previously referred to as Project Mercury! Scheduled for release in fall of 2011, Reckoning is an epic, open-world, single-player RPG set in Amalur, a mysterious and magical new fantasy setting.

38 Studios also notes that a video will be released on the website for this game sometime tomorrow.

Not much to see at the Kingdoms of Amalur – Reckoning site just yet. Really.

Dear Curt (or Steve or Ryan),

If you want a beta tester, I’m willing, very experienced in testing with over 13 years with various types of testing; white/black-box, security, performance, including automation – I’m currently a lead and I’m really missing the testing aspect. I’m also totally bored with what I’m playing now which means I could easily dedicate 20+ hours a week to it.

Think about it. Part time hours of a professional tester… for FREE!

Help me by letting me help you!

Smaken

EDIT: Added emphasis in the quote. In case people assumed this was the MMO… for which my offer also stands.

Dear WoW Account Phishing Lists,

Dear WoW Account Phishing Lists,

Please be sure to update my email which I use for my WoW Account because I have changed it and I wouldn’t want to miss any of your phishing attempt emails.

The new email address, which is now in use for my WoW Account, is: fuckyou@gotohell.fu.

By the way, most of your attempts at phishing get filtered into the spam folder anyway. Can you do something about that because I worry I might miss them.

Thanks!

Smaken

Bleeding Eyes…

Sounds sort of like a guild/tribe name for Warhammer Orks, right? It might be, but it’s also how my eyes are feeling.

Damn, do I need a change.

I think I need to travel somewhere and get absolutely hammered.

But mostly, I think I need a change.

Nose Meet Grindstone…

Back to work for this week then off again.

No I didn’t change the locks.

The weekend of freedom was a bit unexciting, it really was only one full day on my own since the wife and kids were back right around lunch time on Sunday.

The rest of the week I was off with the kids while the wife was working. Pretty unexciting until LittleBigOgre’s birthday.

After he did his ‘treasure hunt’ for presents (he wants to do that every year),I spent most of that day building Lego with him. YAAARRRGH! It was a whole lot of Pirate Lego stuff.

I got a head cold around Thursday or so. Still fighting it.

TheWife Goes BOOM!

My Weekend of Freedom is starting soon. TheWife asked if I’ll miss her, I said, “Yes, a little. Will you miss me?”

“I might a little. But if I do, I’ll just go to an internet cafe and stare at the back of some guy’s head and it’ll be just like home.”

Score one for her.

Wonder how many points I’d score if I got the locks to the house changed?

Good Times, Who Knew?

Raid was a success last night. We cleared all of ICC (butcept the King) in the 2.5 hour allotment of time. We actually took no breaks and were laughing almost the whole way. It was a crazy night. Lots of jokes floating, smack talking, and general hilarity.

I think things tend to move a little faster when you’re horsing around a little. Unfortunately, things weren’t necessarily as clean as they could have been. It was one shots all the way through except for Putricide where we were letting one of the new guys do the Abom so he had to learn how to suck up the goo.

Yes.

That was a big source of entertainment from the raid.

It was sort of sloppy, we had a couple of puddles of goo on the floor but beat him anyway. Only had a couple of people die (myself included) right near the end.

Oh! I got to call out, “Focus up!” I don’t know if everyone took me seriously or not because they shouldn’t have. Not in the least. Tim is suggesting that be our arena team name – we’d actually have to PVP to do that though…

Aside from that, I had a blast from the past send me a tell earlier in the day when I was sorting out daily transmutes, JCing and playing around in the auction house a little.

Sabist!

No idea who that is?

He goes back to EQ and my time on Stromm where I was playing an Erudite Cleric named, “Fabinusar Fabulous”. I’m not kidding – I actually argued with a Guide over that last name who said it sounded too much like a title. So I did a /surname Marvelous which worked and asked him to look at my last name. He escalated the ‘issue’.

Sabist was a Wizard who played along side his wife, Wiskas the Vah’shir Beastlord. Kaldonar (playing his Ogre Shadowknight) and I used to group up with them a lot and were in two raiding guilds with them.

Great sense of humor, easy going and was reliable. I can remember one raid (this was back when we were using chat channels in game and raid size was 72 people) where he died several times (overnuking hehe) and I kept having to rez him, cast a buff on him that cost a material component. I said I’d rez him, but I’m not going to waste any more peridots on his ass. Laughs all around.

The peridots were actually provided by the guild.

Later he and his wife (who never seemed to say more than six words at a time) popped into EQ2 with Kaldonar, Celem and me. Good times.

Turns out he is in a mature raiding guild over on Exodar. I have to admit, RealID came in handy there.

While I seemed like I knew what I was going to do, that sort of waffled again yesterday evening. I’m sort of torn again. I don’t feel up to much more than raiding at the moment. It’s sad.

My only goal now is to get the Lich King dead and get one of those motorcycles. I might still play around with the Troll Hunter a little. I managed to get him a pinkish colored Raptor who I promptly named, “Lyle.”

I Won’t Lie, I’m Bored…

While I’m excited for some of the things Blizzard is planning on doing for Cataclysm, I can’t help but be reminded that Cataclysm will likely be out sometime next year… likely in the summer. If I’m lucky. So I sit here wondering if I should log into WoW and if I do, what can I do? And I still have about a year to go.

At the moment there are only a couple of things that I want to do in WoW.

  1. Raid ICC 10 with a mix of hard modes… again.
  2. Raid ICC 25 and hope we have the people with enough skill (which is really just knowing, being aware and doing) to take down LK… again.
  3. Try to gather up some money to buy the materials for an engineered motorcycle – which involves farming.
  4. Try to get some achievements in Heroics – I find achievements somewhat unrewarding; there is a sound, you get awarded some points that do nothing and that’s about it.
  5. Try to get my TBC and vanilla WoW reps up to Exalted – which involves farming.
  6. Help my family run some dungeons.
  7. Level some alts; I have four level 80s and a couple floating in the 60s.

Really only the raids and running dungeons with the family are all that fun lately. And the raids are only fun when people aren’t being so serious. Unfortunately, due to some churn we’ve had to pick up new people which are good people but they’re learning the fights and horsing around doesn’t help them any.

I do it anyway. Inject a little humor or comment here or there… unless it’s getting really late and I’m tired.

Dungeons have come to a bit of a stand still. It’s hard to trio the dungeons with the family. The newer WotLK dungeons have a few points in them where they really test working as a team. You sort of forget that when you’re wearing all T10 with four Sanctified pieces, best in slot trinkets, etc.

The BIL isn’t too keen on PUGs – very first one and someone was a complete asshole. It turned him off immediately. The guild he was in was inactive for a bit but apparently people have returned so hopefully they can pull from there to fill in the ranks or get some guild runs going.

I’ll see how that goes for them.

For now?

I’m mucking around a little with a Troll Hunter over on a East Coast Server – no twinking – a little. It’s kind of fun not having anything and working my way up through quests and gear and not just rolling over everything.

I’ll raid and have fun.

I’ll do dungeons with the family if I can.