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Why I Play: Star Trek Online {Massively}

Mar 15th 2012 1:37PM @Joaquin Crowe Honestly, so am I :) Once i completely my smuggler act 1 story and got my ship, I lost a lot of the compulsion to keep playing.

It bothers me to no end that you cant name your ship in TOR.

But I'll be fair: TOR has way voice acting, is a little more accessible and doesnt appear to need to be completely redone twice to make it decent. They also had real $ to spend on that game, unlike Cryptic, so maybe its not fair to compare apples to apples.

Why I Play: Star Trek Online {Massively}

Mar 14th 2012 7:46PM It's not as good of a complete game as WoW or TOR, but I think what it does well (ship combat) is as good as anything you'll find in another mmo. It definitely does a lot of TREK stuff well, with lots of nods and moments from past shows to play through.

They definitely keep improving things as well. The latest skill tree revamps and changes to ground combat have really improved the game a lot and its easier to level now with 4 featured episodes to play through and the duty roster system to boost XP.

If you havent played in more than a year, you should really give it a second try and if you've never played at all and like Trek - you've got no excuses!

Resistance is futile!

Rumor: Diablo III releasing April 17th {Massively}

Mar 12th 2012 8:47PM I've been in the beta since last September. As far as I'm concerned, the 10 levels or so you get to play in the beta was a strong contender for game of the year 2011. The full game will definitely be a strong contender for GOTY 2012.

The changes are different but good and the game feels more "Diablo' than ever. You can wax nostalgic about not spending hours looking for runes that only drop in nightmare pandemonium fortress all you like, but at the end of the day, D3 is perfectly executing the chewy center of all Diablo games: frantic clicking and killing monsters with bad ass spells.

It sounds like hype I guess - but D3 will deliver.

Officers' Quarters: Should Blizzard hold a guild summit? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2012 1:04PM I'm not saying that Blizz shouldnt do it if they really wanted to. I am saying they definitely do not NEED to.

They've been constantly improving the guild ui and features for years and the big thing on the "do want" list hasnt changed since launch (aka guild halls).

Bioware needs to badly. The guild features (and UI for existing features) is not very robust and it will take them months(years?) to catch up to wow. This puts them in desperate need to know exactly which features are needed most so they can triage development.

Bioware is using the guild summit to artificially postpone the development of key guild features by giving them a window to say "we'll have more to say about that at the guild summit" and to push off development of things with "We'll be looking to collect more feedback about what the community expects at the guild summit".

Ghostcrawler introduces you to the Pandaren monk {WoW}

Oct 28th 2011 1:58PM It's a little of both, right? They're definitely super excited about it and i think that creatively, its the absolute best race/starting zone they've ever done from what i got to play at blizzcon.

The trailer released conveys very little of that though and they're going to need to push back against the negative reactions just as hard to make people understand that this is not a cash in but something they're working hard on to make it cool and awesome.

And it is - you can believe that.

BioWare says gamers find it hard to go back to other MMOs after playing SWTOR {Massively}

Oct 17th 2011 6:37PM Hmm. Lightsabers are cool and all and perhaps things have really improved since i played in july, but lets get real: It's World of Warcraft with jedi and none of the UI/mechanic improvements made in the last 3 expansions like oh, i dont know...being able to fly from A to C through B instead of A to B and then B to C.

I pre-ordered the game but if it wasnt star wars...i dont think people would be as excited.

Patch 4.3 PTR: Replica items bring back classic looks {WoW}

Oct 13th 2011 5:23PM Bleh. I know it's selfish, but i was really kind of hoping they wouldnt add the D2 sets to the faire. Let everyone get their fake Magister's gear, but leave Sorcerer's for those of us who collected them back in the day :(

The Queue: I am not yet pumped ... {WoW}

Oct 11th 2011 11:33AM like frostmourne or doomhammer?

The Queue: I am not yet pumped ... {WoW}

Oct 11th 2011 11:24AM Lets not blow this out of proportion. People already pay plenty of money (real and gold) for stupid stuff all the time, like TCG codes.

More importantly, while yes, there's effectively some equivalization between how much gold someone will pay and the 10 dollars it costs you to buy it, its not like a cash register. How many characters do most people have? You only need one per character. that is going to put a pretty good limit on how much "gold selling" this will induce.

If anything, it should drive the cash price of gold way down (if it has any effect at all). If the gold to pet ratio is too high, it becomes a lot more financially sound to just go buy the pet yourself than spend 30k g on it.

BlizzCon 2011 schedule app available for Android, iPhone {WoW}

Oct 6th 2011 4:55PM This is a pretty bad ass app. I plugged in all the panels i want and it showed my my schedule. I'm going to have to learn how to teleport to make it to a few of these panels on time :T