I don't play a lot of computer games. I own a lot of computer games (mostly due to the amazing Humble Bundle service). With the passing of time, other competing interests and responsibilities have come to dominate my time. Family, work, books, movies; there are a lot of things that I find more worthwhile than computer … Continue reading Confidential Noir
The Assassin's Creed series has a lot of problems if examined at all closely. The gameplay does tend to be very repetitive. The underlying "philosophy" is half-baked and peculiar. The story isn't particularly inventive. By the same token though, there are some very viscerally satisfying moments. The slow-motion drop from a rooftop onto a target … Continue reading Pirates, Assassins, and Templars
And one that does not make accusations of immorality (well, perhaps a little bit, but not as you might expect).D&D was originally as artificial as chess: ill-assorted groups of ‘adventurers’, patterned vaguely after the Fellowship of the Ring, wandering through improbably spacious underground complexes excavated for no clear reason, practising aggravated assault and grand larceny … Continue reading A Clear, Concise Indictment of D&D
The Battle for Azeroth is nominally about the game World of Warcraft (WoW). Really, it's just an attempt to cash in on a phenomenon. A bunch of stupid essays dressed up as analysis of MMORPGs with a focus on WoW. I'd kind of like that time back.----------------Listening to: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - … Continue reading Fight clear.
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I didn't do a mid-year reading review as I had intended. I've been playing a lot of WoW, and that honestly is what does the most to prevent blogging. A lot of the time I'm on the computer, I'm adventuring in Azeroth.I have other excuses too, in case you're interested. I changed shifts at work … Continue reading Book Update
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Based on what little I know, I like Ricky Jay. I think he's been good in the movies in which I have seen him, the bit of magic I've seen him do has been impressive and generally my impression of him is good. Or perhaps, "was good" would be more accurate. I just finished his … Continue reading Talk about deception
It still crashes my computer sometimes, but other times it works just fine. So I don't know what the deal is. I can play it a bit, but I can't group with anyone because I don't know if my computer is going to give out at a crucial moment and cause everyone to die. Not … Continue reading More WOW
What WOW needs is a betting system. Probably the easiest to implement would be one that would allow players to wager on the outcome of their duels. Right now when one duels, the winner gets nothing more than the ephemeral satisfaction of having won. And presumably adding a wager system would still allow people to … Continue reading Betting on WOW