WoWWatch: Getting Iced…

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I recently received that phone call that anyone with a parent in the older generation dreads…a call to make an Amazing race audition video with them. I think in a lot of ways being asked by a close relative to be on the Amazing Race is the familial equivalent to being Iced; you don’t really want to do it, you know you are not going to like it, you know that there will probably be public embarrassment involved, but that you kind of have to do it. Luckily an extra long application form and late notice on the audition got me off the hook – at least this year. Had there been time though I would have done made the audition video, my parents raised me for 20 years, a single Amazing race video seems like a small price to pay (maybe). I do a lot of things, not necessarily because I want to, but because I feel like I have to. Sometimes this spills over into my virtual life as well.

WoWWatch: The spice of life?

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I don’t normally talk about other games here, because well, this is a WoW column and that just wouldn’t make sense. Occasionally in an article however, I will mention one game or another to make a point about WoW. Well this is another of those articles. The game: Vindictus. The point? There is a lot to do in Azeroth – and that’s a good thing. (There is your cliff-notes version – read below for expanded startling revelations!)

SAR: Solo or Die (and Other Lessons I Learned in WoW)

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I like to think that everything in life is a learning experience; the good, the bad, and the ugly all go into shaping how we see the world – or virtual world, as the case may be. When I sat down to write this article, I asked myself: what have games taught me? Leadership? Nah, […]

WoWWatch: Ready your pandas

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It is finally here…sort of. After months of relative silence regarding when WoW players could expect to call out of work for a week, the hush has been broken. Numerous sites are reporting today (this sounds like a 1950’s radio news broadcast, doesn’t it?) that Cataclysm is due to be released November 2, about two weeks after this year’s Blizzcon. Whether you are insanely excited or just absurdly excited about the impending cataclysm to our social lives, this is big news. With Cataclysm looming ominously on the horizon, what are your plans for the expansion?

WoWWatch: Burning down the house

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So with Cataclysm right around the corner* there have been a ton of “bucket list” articles surfacing. (* “right around the corner” has been trademarked by Blizzard and is equal to a period of time equal to or greater than 1 week to when the ice caps melt.) These “bucket lists” sweetly reminisce about all the fantastic lesser appreciated quests and achievements in the nooks and crannies of Azeroth that may not be available in the future – mainly because Deathwing is a bad mo’ fo’. There are so many that you are probably tired of reading them, but don’t click that back button on your browser! This article is not one of them! With all this sappy sentiment going around I am feeling absolutely counter-culture, like Apple in the early 90’s or PC’s now. Instead of listing all the great quests I will miss, this WoWWatch will feature a few zones, dungeons, and questlines that I can’t wait to see go down in flames.

WoWWatch: Know your role.

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I am absolutely horrible at basketball. Just really, really bad. Ever seen a Harlem Globetrotters game against the Generals? Well pretty much anyone looks like the Globetrotters when matched against me. I can’t pass, I can’t shoot, I can’t dribble – and despite 16 years of playing soccer and developing some freakishly disproportionate leg muscles – I can’t jump either. Luckily no one is ever going to inform me out of the blue that I have to give up my job and become a basketball player. Our characters in MMO’s though are sometimes asked to do just that: change roles. How do you deal with it?

WoWWatch: Waiting is the hardest part…

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Last night something akin to a small hurricane hit the town that I live in. Thunder boomed, rain came down in sheets, and the wind blew. The wind blew hard enough to completely topple a huge tree near my apartment complex that resulted in power outages– so no WoW last night. Initially I was disappointed by my lack of entertainment-giving electricity, it would ruin my plans to…run ICC – no, farm frost badges…no, kill Halion again? Nope. I wasn’t doing that either. I realized that even if I had electricity there really wasn’t anything in WoW I was planning to do. Judging by the desertion I’ve seen in Dalaran recently I am betting that many of you feel the same way. We are all in the same boat – waiting on the expansion, and if it seems harder to wait this time than other times – it’s because it is.

WoWWatch: Respect your elders…

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My original plan was that as the expansion neared release I would be writing you fanciful stories of the beta and the glimmering new coat of paint Blizzard was putting on our old friend Azeroth. Unfortunately, apparently due to several large scale e-mail errors, I have yet to receive my beta invitation. So instead I am stuck reading other people’s posts and looking at screenies with the “common man” like some sort of punished beast of burden! Since I haven’t been able to immerse myself in Cataclysm – I have been resorting to playing a little Starcraft 2 on the side. After a week or so of playing one thing is certain – SC2 has learned a lot from WoW.

WoWWatch: Stringing it all together

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My original plan was that as the expansion neared release I would be writing you fanciful stories of the beta and the glimmering new coat of paint Blizzard was putting on our old friend Azeroth. Unfortunately, apparently due to several large scale email errors, I have yet to receive my beta invitation. So instead I am stuck reading other people’s posts and looking at screenies with the “common man” like some sort of punished beast of burden! But fear not, for I trudge on with the best* non-Cataclysm WoW commentary on the internet (Note: “best” is an opinion and since this is my article, it’s my opinion…). This week we are going to focus on something that I think we take for granted in WoW, something that makes Azeroth the vibrant world (soon-to –be-remade) that we all love, the continuous world.

SAR: From the Theme-Park and Into the Sandbox

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to pop back and forth between a lot of games. I’ll admit, most of these are theme park games, so I’m just trading in my ticket for a different set of rides. Every so often, however, there’s a good sandbox that begs to be played […]