Playing With My Weiner

Gaming at the mercy of miniature daschunds.

Weinercast Wednesday! December 3, 2008

The Weinercast is go! This week: Into Naxxramas, and a Little Comment on civility.

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Weinercast Wednesday! November 26, 2008

Filed under: Araan,Games,WeinerCast,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 12:13 pm
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The Weinercast is go! This week: News, Roguecraft, Heroic Ajzol-Nerub, and a special moment.

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Happy Birthday, WoW! November 23, 2008

Filed under: Blizzard,Games,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 1:12 am
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Players who log in today will earn the special Feat of Strength Achievement “WoW’s 4th Anniversary”. Those same players should check their mailboxes for a beary special gift from the Dev Team – the Baby Blizzard polar bear cub.

Here’s to 78 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes of fun, and hopefully more to come.

 

Congratulations, Blizz! November 20, 2008

Filed under: Blizzard,Games,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 1:46 pm
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Wrath of the Lich King sold 2.8 Million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. My gnome is 77, Araan is 79, and rumor has it that there will be a major content patch right after the new year.

 

Weinercast Wednesday! November 19, 2008

Filed under: Games,WeinerCast,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 12:30 pm
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The Weinercast is go! This week: Gwyddia takes on the Violet Hold.

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Amazon Shipping Inconsistencies Continue November 16, 2008

Filed under: Amazon,Games,Other Folks,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 1:36 pm

 

ETA DOA.  K?

ETA DOA. K?

 

 

You’d think they’d learn. As we discussed recently around the Fallout 3 release, Amazon has recently started offering Release Date Shipping for some hot items. With one notable exception that we’ll get to in a moment, however, that special shipping does not apply to things you may have pre-ordered months ago. The upshot is that people who pre-order things two days before release are getting it on Day One, and you’re stuck holding no box, because it won’t arrive for two days.

 

The notable exception is World of Warcraft:Wrath of the Lich King. Amazon realized that they had about seventy gajillion pre-orders for this one and automatically upgraded everyone who pre-ordered the game or its Collector’s Edition to Release Date Shipping. Even though I had a regular copy on November 12 from another source, I can say that my CE did arrive on Thursday afternoon as promised.

 

I can’t say the same for Mirror’s Edge, which, despite being pre-ordered about five seconds after PAX, did not arrive until Thursday. (Note: it is a miracle we’ve had time to look at this one with Lich King out, but check out the Weiner review of Mirror’s Edge tomorrow.)

 

But wait, there’s more! Our pre-order of the Pixar Blu-Ray of WALL-E arrived about an hour ago. Yes, on Sunday. Two days before its November 18 release date.

 

What the heck is going on over there? It’s a big company, sure, but a little consistency goes a long way, especially as the holidays approach. Here’s hoping that Amazon gets this all ironed out well in advance of the new year.

 

Full of Lichy Goodness November 14, 2008

Hello, Weiner fans. Sorry to have dropped off the map yesterday, but it was the first full day of Wrath of the Lich King. Araan and I logged in an 12:01am and are level 72 and 71 now, respectively.

 

So far, WotLK is everything Blizz promised it would be. Zones are beautiful and expansive. Quests are fun and closely grouped to avoid the annoyance of crossing several zones for no apparent reason. 5-man instances take anywhere from 30-50 minutes with good XP and quest rewards.

 

Green is not the new purple, as it was in The Burning Crusade. As a high-end raider in BC, I have replaced just one piece of gear, my shoulders, which actually came from heroic Magister’s Terrace. The new shoulders are a quest reward in Coldarra, the site of the Nexus instance. From what I have seen and heard from other players, the goal here seems to replace 1-2 pieces of gear per zone until about level 75, when you can expect to have mostly Northrend gear. That’s a lot nicer than the “sticker shock” we all experienced in Outland.

 

Blue is the order of the day, both in gear and in art design. If BC was red, LK is Blue. Does this mean the next expansion will be the Emerald Dream? I think so.

 

I need to get back in game, though – some of my guildies are going to tear through Azjol-Nerub and I want in.  And don’t fret – if you’re not playing already, you will.

 

Weinercast Wednesday November 12, 2008

The Weinercast is go! This week: The Future of DRM.

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“Mind Theft” Suit Leveled at Blizz November 6, 2008

Hello?  Mind taker??

Hello? Mind taker??

An inmate in South Carolina has attempted to file suit against Blizzard for “mind theft”. You can check out the filing and my take on it over at GamesLaw.net.

 

Hellgate Guy Finds New Home November 3, 2008

Filed under: Blizzard,Games,Industry,World of Warcraft — Gwyddia @ 3:09 pm
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Yes, I tried Hellgate: London.  It was fun for a few days, if repetitive.  I hoped for so much more.  So did Flagship Studios, which closed its doors permanently about four months ago.  Today Cryptic studios, maker of Champions Online, announced that Flagship’s co-founder Bill Roper will be joining Cryptic as Design Director. Roper will focus on MMOs, which, given his pre-Hellgate pedigree as the former Director of Blizzard Entertaiment, seems to be an excellent fit.