Blizzard testing a real money cash shop in WOW

8 07 2013

Since 2004 World of Warcraft has been the king of the MMO hill.

Challengers have tried to emulate it’s success and have come and gone, many of them have vanished without a trace and those that are left have slipped into the murky realm of Free to Play.

For a mighty nine years now Blizzard have been gorging on the millions of monthly subscriptions that it’s cash cow has generated.

However those days seem to be coming to an end. As the postponement of Project Titan has suggested even the mighty Blizz has to tighten it’s belt on occasion.

Whilst this by itself doesnt imply that the end is nigh for WOW’s subscription model there are other signs that change is afoot in the World of Azeroth.

Sharp eyed dataminers have come across links to real-money items – for instance, a 100 percent XP boost called the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom – while trawling through test server updates.

Rather than crush the rumour or just ignore Blizzard have actually come forward with an explanation on the official forums:

“We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.”

Does this mean that Blizzard have hit the free to play panic button? Of course not. However it does suggest that this isn’t as ridiculous a suggestion as it would have seemed 12/18 months ago.

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Gamer Girl, Country Boy

12 06 2012

Just woke up to one of the kids peeing himself….yay!

Still every cloud has a silver lining, in this case it was catching up on a little bit of work that has been lingering like a bad smell.

Whilst slaving away I stuck Youtube on in the background and and saw the new song from the always adorable Felicia Day and Godhead lead singer Jason Charles Miller…. Gamer Girl, Country Boy.

 Now I will stick my neck out here and say I liked it.

Not only does Felicia look very cute in Lara Croft cosplay, but then when does she not look cute? But the girl can carry a tune.
The song is catchy and made me laugh, not bad for 6.30 on a Tuesday morning.

The thing I don’t quite get though is all the hate from 4Chan about this…apparently it would seem that Miss Day has destroyed gaming and spat on it’s still warm corpse.

One would wonder if maybe they should climb down from their ivory tower of internet superiority and join me in enjoying those Tetris tights ,)





Portrait of an Internet Troll

29 08 2011





WoW is racist….

25 06 2011

This was sent through to me and I just had to share…





Have LotRO will travel…

21 06 2011

American  performance artist Jordan Long plans to ship himself across the US in a crate with only  Lord of the Rings Online as company.

Avid Lord of the Rings Online player and performance artist; Jordan Long is taking his theories about in-game communities and their benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to new levels.

Long has shipped himself from his home in Bald Knob, Arkansas to a final destination in Oregon locked in a crate with nothing but his computer and his LOTRO companions along for the ride. 

According to Long, the purpose of his most recent “art” project is to study “trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and claims that he has found that many who are confined to their homes due to such trauma tend to find their escape in the form of online games such as LotRO where they can ‘enter and exit whenever they choose, be whoever they want to be and feel like functioning members of society again.'”

Good thing he isn’t playing WOW or people would want to know the gear score of his crate….





The Hardest Game In The World…

20 10 2010

Recently I have noticed that my brother is swearing more than usual; I’m not just talking a little f word here or there I am talking a full on torrent of verbal abuse.

The target of all this swearing a video game, but  not just any video game this is the hardest game in the world…

The game in question is called “I wanna be the guy” and it is hard.

 I’m not talking “wow wasn’t that a tough game of Halo” or “man taking down the Lich King was hard” I am talking gouge your own eyes out in frustration hard.

There is no learning curve in this game, none – if you suck you die tough luck.

Boy will you die; you know how sometimes you are reading a book and the author will say that death was the protagonists only companion?  Well gues what you get to experience that first hand! Death will need to take a holiday when he has finished with you.

So what is IWBTG about? Well it is fiendishly simple the game itself is a throwback to the halcyon days of the 8 bit platformer… think Mario, but with the difficulty on steroids and possibly PCP.

You run, you jump, you dive from platform to platform etc etc but something is missing, oh yes the parts where you die… a lot.

There are different difficulty settings on IWBTG but they don’t make the game easier in the conventional sense, nope that would be too kind, all the lesser difficulty levels do is increase the frequency of save points.

When I told one of my co-workers about this I was asked why I would choose to play a game that is so mind rendingly difficult?

My answer to him?

IT IS FUN!!!

Sure you die, a lot.  Sure it is hard, almost too hard in places, sure some of the obstacles made me want to ram pencils up my nose and bang my head on the desk but it is FUN.

I loved just playing a platformer without any bells and whistles; it took me back to the innocence of my childhood back when all I looked for in a game was the ability to jump from group of blocky pixels to group of blocky pixels.

I can’t recommend this game enough, particularly if you like a challenge, an impossible, maddening challenge

http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/index.php

Enjoy 🙂





It’s coming…

13 10 2010

There is still a goodly amount of time to go until Cataclysm hits
the World of Warcraft but already the rumblings of it’s arrival can be felt…

Patch 4.0.1 is going live today allowing players to experience the start of the changes which will be fully realised on December 7th when Cataclysm is released upon an unsuspecting Azeroth.

The update will add the new Cataclysm Launcher, which allows you to download new content while you play, reducing the time it takes to download, install and patch World of Warcraft, this is great news as it will hopefully bring an end to the agonizing wait whilst you get your hands on the latest 800 megs or so of content that Blizzard do enjoy spewing at us on a regular basis.

It is rather ironic though that an upgrade which is designed to allow you to maximise your playing time is going to result in a full 24 hours of maintenance :S

It is also adding Reforging NPCs who will allow you to modify the stats on your items so as to help with the for the forthcoming changes which are going to see a lot of stats being combined, tweaked or just plain removed.

Every class are going to get major overhauls to their talents, spells and abilities. This is always both the most enjoyable and also the most controversial of the changes that Blizz make.

As soon as everyone is back online the whole debate of who is now the most over powered class will rear it’s ugly head (not that it ever really goes away…) Skipping merrily hand in hand with the OP discussion will be the good old argument as to which class fell out of the nerf tree and hit every branch on the way down.

Surprise surprise there are changes to the currency system with all emblems of Frost and Emblems of Triumph being converted into Justice Points for all the new shinies that you are just going to have to have.

Oh and Paladins are getting a new resource bar








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