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The Joystiq Show - 002: Unsung Games of E3 2011 {Joystiq}

Jul 8th 2011 7:07PM In creating these podcasts, please really ask yourselves, why would someone want to listen to this? What makes it interesting? I don't think you're doing this enough.

Good - Honest opinions and observations about something you've played or seen, background on game development, chiptunes

Bad - Seemingly uncut interviews with marketing people featuring raw data (online connectivity, release date, price) better left to print, general lack of energy or evident interest in what's being discussed, jarring segue music that gives way to utter silence during interviews and discussions, the generally dry and humorless approach to everything.

I never saw the previous podcast as pandering to a particular demographic, but the new format's attempt at a high-brow presentation leaves it feeling bland and lifeless. I gave up on this one during the second interview for two reasons... regardless of how nice the Rock of Ages PR guy is, he's still a PR guy, and he will never have anything but praise for how revolutionary (The Ball on Steam) and fun his company's game is. Bah.

Lichborne: How to kill a death knight in PVP {WoW}

Jul 5th 2011 9:26PM How I heal on my blood DK...
1) Deathstrike a player.
2) Deathstrike a player's pet.
3) Rune Tap for 10% of my health every 30 seconds.
4) Summon and consume Ghoul every two minutes.
5) Use Lichborne and consume (ideally four) Deathcoils every two minutes.
6) Get heals from parasite procs (not predictable or reliable, but still heals).
7) Use Vampiric Blood once per minute in conjunction with any of the above to boost heal effects by 15%.

You'll notice that of the above six methods of healing (and one healing modifier), only one requires I hit the player. Apart from LoSing or outranging ranged dps and making them come to me, I have Deathgrip every 25 seconds or so to pull them in for a couple Deathstrikes.

My point is, you are massively understating how difficult it is to kill a competent blood DK. I frequently 2v1 players in arena because they can't outdps my heals, and yes, I will oom a healer very easily while his dps sits on my back unable to kill me the entire time. I'm not saying this is fair, but I see so few blood DKs in arena that I doubt it matters much overall.

Breakfast Topic: Are you an Azerothian prankster? {WoW}

Jun 3rd 2011 4:18PM I do this basically every time I go into Strand of the Ancients.

On our team's turn to attack when we're all on the two boats, I go right up to the edge where you disembark and start jumping up and down in place. Then in /say I say something like, "Huh... when did they put a wall here?" If you have a friend with you to do the same and say, "Yeah, that's weird," it helps.

People can't help but investigate this claim, which has resulted in countless 5-minute swims and much cursing.

The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut brings 3D cussin' to PS3 {Joystiq}

May 27th 2011 5:31PM From the soundtrack (not to be listened to at work)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NncSTz5V9G4

I might actually buy a Move for this...

Guardian Heroes XBLA has online multiplayer, $10 price tag {Joystiq}

May 13th 2011 2:17AM I remember going into the arena with my high-school buddies and setting up all kinds of weird computer controlled fights, like a gang of wolves or magic bunnies fighting one giant robot or a single thong-wearing goblin, or all the bosses in the game in a last-man-standing brawl. We did this a fair number of times in place of going to our first period classes. Good, good times.

Breakfast Topic: The curious phenomenon of "reverse burnout" {WoW}

May 10th 2011 6:22PM "...and when there was no meat, we ate fowl and when there was no fowl, we ate crawdad and when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand."

"You ate what?"

"We ate sand."

"You ate SAND?"

"That's right!"

Patch 4.1 hotfixes for April 29 {WoW}

Apr 30th 2011 9:54PM "Blizzard simply refuses to discuss the problem"

Patch 4.1 hotfixes for April 29 {WoW}

Apr 30th 2011 11:54AM Speaking of bugs... Wow Insider, I am asking you as someone who has become primarily a PVPer in Cataclysm, could you please talk to Blizzard and

A) get some straight answers about the broken BG queues or

B) at least write an article about this extremely widespread problem

Blizzard seems to be unwilling to acknowledge this problem except in the barest of terms and their most recent attempt at fixing it seems to have made things exponentially worse. Here is a thread (20 pages now) from the official Bug forums detailing the most common problems. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1063306508?page=1

The issues with BG queues are killing the game for many people and Blizzard simply refuses to discuss the problem. Help!

Shifting Perspectives: Tanks, bribes, and player behavior {WoW}

Apr 13th 2011 3:31AM I just got my tank DK up to 85 a few weeks ago. I also have a bear and tanking paladin, both of which I have played since BC. I stopped tanking on my bear because I felt the changes to feral tanking style left me with a lot less control than I previously had, it felt sloppy now. I stopped tanking on my paladin after a combination of always getting my tank gear ninjaed by heals and dps, and getting quickly burned out on running the same three dungeons in the regular queue over and over and over and never feeling like my gear was getting any better.

Mind you, all through this initial attempt at Cata tanking, I was growing extremely weary of the pure hostility I would encounter in the RDF. It's impossible to please anyone: You're going too fast / slow! You're using too much / not enough cc. The wipe (caused by dps ignoring a one-shot mechanic or exploding add) is your fault! OMG look at the gear on this fail tank (before the run has even started)!

You can see how this constant barrage of (often completely unwarranted) poisonous remarks might get old? The last two runs I tanked were on my new DK in the regular RDF.

The first was a Vortex Pinnacle, wherein immediately after zoning in, a dps says, "lmao dual wield DK tank, so f*****g fail..." I respond that I'm in the middle of gearing and these were the best weapons I could get my hands on so far. He laughs and says I suck. We proceed to do the instance. At no point is there a problem, nobody dies, we never come close to wiping or have any trouble whatsoever. In the end, I have outdamaged everyone by a huge margin as well. No apology, certainly no thanks or compliment, just everyone drops group.

The last instance I tanked was regular Stonecore. About fifteen seconds after we've all zoned in, the healer starts in with "gogogo" and complaining that he already knows it's going to be a slow, shitty run, because I haven't pulled. I mark a first and second kill and start pulling, trying to go as fast as I think the group can manage to appease the healer. All marked targets are, of course, utterly ignored.

The healer decides I'm okay and then begins picking on the dps: Their numbers aren't high enough, they aren't avoiding enough damage, he won't heal them if they don't start doing better, they all suck, they must be retarded if they can't get this boss down faster, and on and on and on. I was vaguely impressed by his ability to simultaneously heal and talk shit, but to be clear, he was a massive douche.

I tried to vote-kick him, but had a cooldown. This greatly confused me because I hadn't used it recently on any of my toons. After the second boss was down, I'd had enough. I stopped moving and was going to wait for the healer to inevitably get pissed and drop group, but a DK dps took it upon himself to take up the slack. Now having a tank that was taking great spiking damage, the healer was really ranting about how everything and everyone sucked.

The only other way I could think of to piss the healer off enough to leave was to pull too much, which I promptly ran and did. Suddenly everyone was dead in a mass of fire and shadowbolts and 30+ mobs. The healer silently dropped group. One of the dps angrily asked who had pulled everything and I said it was me and I was sincerely sorry, however it was the only way I could think of to get rid of the douchey healer. They said it was cool, just please don't do it again. I agreed and we finished the instance without trouble or incident.

I've not been back in the RDF system since that run and don't plan on using it again any time soon, regardless of what goodies Blizz tries to bribe me with. I'm not a diva tank, just a person who is extremely sad to see my favorite game devolve into a cesspool of angry, thieving nerdragers.

All the World's a Stage: Playing the villain {WoW}

Mar 27th 2011 9:01PM You forgot the most prominent type of villain to be found in WoW...

Internet Douche - This villain will always go out of his way to troll whatever Internet community he resides in. He is generally a one-trick pony who has found a single thing that annoys people and repeats it ad infinitum. It's likely his real-life friends and family would be surprised by his sociopathic online behavior, which he mistakenly sees as empowering. His most recognizable traits are a lack of character or creativity, an overblown sense of entitlement and the misguided belief that making people hate you means you are strong or valuable in some way.