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Recent Comments:'s Weekly Comic: Byron, the Tauren Rogue! {WoW}

May 4th 2010 10:00AM Well-Done lighting, skilled use of a limited Medium, a Rare reference to the faction/race language barrier, delicious Talbuk steak on toast..... and now I've made myself rather hungry.

Anyway, that's some commendable honesty on the shading job. Given the time and environment of the setting, I probably wouldn't have noticed anything amiss if you hadn't said so. The strength of the other artistic aspects (especially the angled shots) filled the gap in its stead.

Leave a comment, win fabulous prizes! {WoW}

Mar 30th 2010 1:09PM Having won a contest already today, I wonder if my luck will hold out and work on this one?

Around Azeroth: Totemic explosion {WoW}

Mar 14th 2010 11:38AM It's quite rare, the White Kitten; it's sold exclusively by Lil' Timmy, a Stormwind NPC, and he has a stock of one for every time he's spawned. Horde characters can't buy it directly.

Around Azeroth: Totemic explosion {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2010 2:09PM Is this a variation of the BC 'de-synch' bug?

Back when pets had to be summoned from an item in your bags (ie. They weren't 'learned' or counted as character-tied spells), you could pull off an effect much like that totem forest. It required overstressing your connection to the server by making it send you a lot of data (eg. Flying into Shattrath) without actually disconnecting you. If done correctly, then the only NPCs and objects spawned would be where you just came from, leaving empty environments to walk around in for as many as 3 minutes. You could still cast all your spells as normal, but anything with a 'reverse' spell (eg. Dismissing a pet via their bag item) would not work as intended, meaning you could spam a pet item's cast, and instead of dismissing the pet your character would summon another one.

You'd see the pet-release animation, but the pet models wouldn't appear on your screen until you were synchronised to the server again. Anybody around you would see the growing army of non-combat pets. It was easy to perform and worth a day's ban if clearly abused (say, having 20 White Kittens constantly following you).

Around Azeroth: Beyond here lies nothing {WoW}

Dec 13th 2009 6:21PM @Tairne: It was found afloat in 4chan's boards. Use it elsewhere if you wish.


Around Azeroth: Beyond here lies nothing {WoW}

Dec 13th 2009 12:24AM Since it wouldn't be appropriate or productive to ask or assume the reasons behind the account closure, let's just write off that part of your screenshot blurb as an 'unnecessary detail'.

Otherwise, that's quite a good picture setup there. Are you just South of Drak'Tharon Keep? The area to the left suggests you're near Dragonblight's Eastern (river) border, which supports that theory. Using your remaining gold to have some 'alternative' fun seems like a better 'final action' in the game than hoarding (just in case!) or randomly gifting it like most folks do.

In Northrend, moreso than in Outland, the game feels completely different once your character can sail the skies. Your small (but important) memories of the zone you spent hours or days leveling 'grounded' in are pushed to the unlit corners of your memory. You effectively warp the feeling the zone once had, and if you're attentive enough to give the appropriate flight training to your alts, then you'll never quite attain that feeling again. Personally, that's the change in Cataclysm that I'm most worried about.

Whatever you did with your time in-game, and whatever you intend to do now, you ended on a literal high-note. The denizens of the Internet who view this article should easily be able to appreciate that.

Sonic Classic Collection announced for DS {Joystiq}

Dec 1st 2009 8:49PM @Elranzer:

Regarding DS cartridge capacity, I'm almost certain (but cannot verify) that Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (a DS remake of the Playstation original) was a 1 Gig cartridge. That was nearly 4 years ago. If this is true, then Sonic CD (definitely no more than 300MB) will only be an issue for porting in terms of the time spent converting and localizing it.

@Mr Khan:

'Mighty' is the Armadillo you're thinking of. He and the rest of Team Chaotix got most of their exposure in the UK-only 'Sonic the Comic' (long-dead, but unofficially alive in webcomic form with the blessing of the original comic editors, at

As for the legal aquirement of Chaotix on 32X, I have a funny related story: When I discovered a brilliant independent game shop in the Market Hall of a town called Lancaster, I tried a bit of IRL trolling and asked if they had 32X games. They had Chaotix. It has been my favourite store ever since.

Also, the game isn't 'good', but it is 'interesting'. If you want to try the game concept in a semi-legal form, you should search for 'Sonic Crackers', a leaked edited version of Sonic 2 that used the 'tag ring' system as a beta for Chaotix's core mechanic.

WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: 2 Tuskarr Kite loot codes {WoW}

Nov 24th 2009 1:19PM Hey now.





WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: Spectral Kitten loot code {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 10:34AM Hopefully the Blogsmith commenting system has decided to play nice with my computer and actually lets me post this...

Why you shouldn't get your video game news from The Wall Street Journal {Joystiq}

Sep 23rd 2009 1:07PM 'Punchline' Insurance: It's meant to be Intellectual Property.

I can't help but be reminded of those oft-recited tech support horror stories where people claim their hard drive contains the Internet.