I’ve been taking some random screenshots lately and decided to post a few.
I’m about to start the NGMP Foundation: No Games for Mindless People.
I’ve always liked video games, from developing them to enjoying playing them. I liked the stories, the development, the ideas behind the games themselves. Then suddenly, everything started to collapse.
World of Warcraft
I was fine with the idea of giving casual gamers a great chance. Say, new instances hard as hell, requiring attunements and stuff, then nerfed and removing attunement after some months. It wasn’t that nice for hardcore gamers (hay! don’t give cookies to casuals), but overally was acceptable.
WoW now has become so sad I almost don’t play it anymore. After the rush in buying it I found out raiding is pathetic, mostly trivial, which saddened me. A lot. Even though I was struggling with raiding back at the times, I was fine with it, because it was challenging. It was normal. It was supposed to be so. Then the nerf came, and I was like, “fine, there is new hard content up, it’s ok to give free cookies to the late comers”. Then the expansion comes.
- No attunements for heroics/raids. Fine, I won’t have to farm rep again.
- All raids are available for both 10 and 25 men. Fine, even if sometimes we can’t find 25 men, it’s alright, we can still do 10 men.
- Instances have become a “tank the room, aoe”. Sgrunt. Well, ok, maybe we can level up faster.
- Raids have been so nerfed to be fully cleared after two days from startup. OMGWTFBBQATTK?!? And yes, that included the whole leveling 70-80. Ok, it was combined forces of Nihilum + Curse/SK Gaming. But still…
I was expecting some challenges. I found out that while I was trying to improve myself to be a better player, “no wait they nerfed everything no need lulz”.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The saddest little game.
- “They brought back open world”. That’s cool.
- “You can’t do anything in open world”. That’s not cool.
- “They brought back police”. That’s cool.
- “But wait, I can’t find races in the world, I can only escape from police after a race”. That’s not cool.
- “They put back traffic in the streets”. That’s cool.
- “No, wait, most of the races have barricades on the sides of the streets, so no “random” incoming cars, only the ones aligned along the route”. That’s not cool.
- “They brought back Autosculpt”. That’s cool.
- “No, wait, it’s just for the look, basically useless, the contrary of Pro Street”. That’s not cool.
- “A half rigged trash car can beat by 20 seconds a line up of Lamborghinis and stuff”. THIS IS MADNESS!!
So, so, so, so saddened.
Dungeons & Dragons
Yes, they nerfed it too. Hey, what do we need a master for? Let’s roll and follow a table. Dungeons & Dragons without a Dungeon Master. It’s like playing Chinese Checkers in two. Doable, but where’s the fun?
Personal opinion on the matter
Nobody will ever say that games shouldn’t be more accesible to the public. But in these days, I’m finding out that working is more fun than actually playing. And I wish I was kidding. Money is making companies forget that no matter the player base, what keeps paying the bills are good games. Take out Crayon Physics Deluxe for example. It’s one of the most awaited games ever. I’m even planning to buy a couple copies to send as gift and play it on my 20″ Cintiq.
No matter what the companies are more and more pushing toward the “I haz no brainz plz feed me” market, which is pretty wide, and forgetting that they made some good money starting with the people they should mainly think about. Natural Born Gamers.
We all know how this is gonna end. With a lot of real gamers who would like to play a game and finish it in just more than a-hour-because-time-has-changed-people-has-no-time-so-I-want-it-easy-and-quick-omg-I-just-finished-it-lulz. So called hardcore gamers will hate even more casual gamers, because they basically stole them the fun. Repeated complainings have brought the game to such an easy level to be ridicoulus for the good ol’ gamers. Which is only natural, but still sick in the way it has been done.
I’d like to end this harshly with an italian sentence: “Ma perché non ve ne andate ‘m’pò a fanculo?” (Why don’t you just go fuck off?).
It should pretty much state clearly what’s on my mind as of now.
It took me some time (a few days actually) and a bit of luck (and steady reflexes) to get my dirty hands upon a collector’s edition box (actually menaces also worked for me here).
I would also like to say sorry to the poor ally bloke from Jaedenar-EU who was like 15ms late reaching the box. Sorry dude, I think about you all the time while I play. Honest.
No, maybe not XD
Anyway, there are quite a few interesting things in it. Too bad it’s overpriced, but hey, that’s quite normal methinks. For the ones who don’t know already, Collector’s Edition was worth a whopping €70,00, while Standard Edition was €35,00. And no, I won’t mention the €0,01 change you get back 😛
Back to the Collector’s Edition Box:
Content listed in no particoular order:
- Mouse Pad. For the ones who get lost.
- Original Soundtrack. Give your car an epic twist.
- Game DVD. D’oh!
- Video DVD: Behind the Scenes. No idea, didn’t see it yet 😛
- Artbook. Awsomeness. Looks good in book shelves too.
- Random TCG stuff. Cards ‘n Stuff
- Frosty, in-game pet. *flap*flap*
Isn’t that enough to pay double the price? Probably not. But still I did, who cares.
On a side note the Nihilum+SK team 25th November guild already cleared by a day or two all the PvE content out to date. Leaves me wondering.
Screen, or it never happened.
Here’s a [LinK] to a high-def version. That way you can actually see that account names are different and the key is just the same.
Yes, all caps. I’m unpolite. But really, FREAKIN’ ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE. It’s the beginning of the pre-WotLK event. And this time I will be there.
For the Blizzard Authenticators matter, I just talked today with Blizzard and told them what I had to. I will deploy the news in 24-48 hours.
Today I decided to warn Blizzard about the security flaw in their “Blizzard Authenticator” implementation.
As a couple of you know already (literally a couple) I have found a way to bypass it. Should a hacker find the same method I discovered, it would make those authenticators close to useless.
For the moment Blizzard decided just to ignore me, which is eventually making me upset.
I don’t know as of now if or when I will disclose the news to the public, but if Blizzard keeps ignoring me that shall happen soon. Very, very soon.
Update: it seems that my last comment (and one of the repliers) have been just trashed. Total replies: 2, only comment visible: mine. Oh, Blizz, that’s a no-no.
Update #2: They eventually answered and showed it all back. Stay tuned. Moar updates soon.
I’ll cut it short and rantful. Hoomins are now useless.
- Spirit nerfed (poor priests)
- Perception turned to Racial Passive (too bad it’s now useless and can’t detect shit)
- OMG-I-RLY-HAZ “Every Man for Himself“. Too bad it’s shared cooldown with Medallion of the Alliance and Medallion of the Alliance and Medallion of the Alliance (you heard it right, 3 degrees of uselessness.)
What that translate it to?
Fuck you blizz. Srsly.
And all you naysayers too. I give SHIT EMfH it’s not a trinket, the only thing that a human could use to fight against stealthed (or better, to prevent terrible stunlocks 100-0) was Perception, which has been basically taken away. Rogues can easily get off with poisons + double stun after the ability has just been popped. Difference is that now we’re fucked up. So go die in hell if you think otherwise, careface.
I know guys, you’re all thinking “another frickin’ batch-update?”. At least the ones of you who give a damn.
Well, to my excuse I should note all the yearly events or pre-WotLK preparations we’ve been doing. Example:
How to achieve that you ask? Well, just kill everyone in Booty Bay until you get hated with Booty Bay (and the whole Steamwheedle Cartel by the time you finish), and friendly with Bloodsail Buccaneers. Pretty arse, but the Parrot is great. Harrr.
But this only took a couple nights. This is what kept us busy for the whole Brewfest time:
That took us a long time. And for the matter, last mount got us dubbed ‘ninjas’ for a misunderstanding with a rogue, go figure.
Anyways, I’m still around. Just hang around.
MOAR is to come soon, especially for locks and the users of my addons.
Just to pick up the pace once again, I’d like to share a couple videos I took a long time ago in my Northrend trips.
Behold! The ship! And carrots. On a stick! ’nuff said.
If some of you got an epic flying mount, then probably knows that if you get to be shot a fireball/shadowbolt/anything like that while you’re at full throttle, the little thing will keep following you forever and ever (the speed of those things appear to be around 280%+10%). Blizzard took it one step further: while roaming in a camp, I’ve been thrown an axe, which apparently can’t beat the 100% speed barrier. Poor axe.
I gave my word to Tiamat that I’ll be posting this video, so here we go: L70ETC – Power of the Horde (Live from BRD).