Posted 4 years, 1 month ago at 23:45. 0 comments
One benefit of giving up WoW is that it has given me time to re-kindle my passion for arcade gaming. And by “arcade” I of course mean “MAME on my laptop,” because arcades don’t exist any more, even less so in rural Nova Scotia. Sniff.
I’ve broken out some of my old standbys, but I keep coming back to my all-time favorite quarter sink, Street Fighter II’ – Champion Edition. In honor of the game that captivated me so thoroughly between the end of class and the start of work every day for years, I’ve added a Twitter feed to my sidebar and given it an SF2-inspired title, Little Birdie Patterns.
The title won’t mean much to anyone who’s not directly related to me or who didn’t help me spend the GDP of a small nation learning Vega‘s air throw, but I think the web needs more self-referential crap and nostalgia, don’t you?
Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 263 - Cosmic Gate - 2009-04-10 | Filed under Gaming, Nostalgia, Pop Culture, Software
Posted 4 years, 1 month ago at 00:10. 5 comments
My World of Warcraft account expires tomorrow. I am letting it lapse and retiring from the game.
Not much of a mystery as to why. In the end, it came down to family.
Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 264 - Woody van Eyden - 2009-04-17 | Filed under Family, Friends, Gaming, WoW
Posted 4 years, 1 month ago at 10:51. 1 comment
I beat my parents at Wii Sports this morning, but not by much and certainly not by as much as I had feared/hoped. Example: I had to bowl a turkey in the final frame to pull ahead. We all lamented the golf controls.
Of course, the very fact that I’m playing video games with/against my parents, and that they own a Wii (and I don’t) and are using it for fun/exercise kinda blows my mind.
We’re through the looking glass here people.
Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 00:41. 0 comments
I didn’t mention this in the list of calamities in the previous entry because it didn’t even rank, but last week also saw patch 3.0.8 go live for WoW, cutting the effective DPS of my hunter from 2900 to around 1900.
Current Tunes: Above & Beyond - Trance Around The World 251 - Cosmic Gate - 2009-01-16 | Filed under Gaming, WoW
Posted 4 years, 5 months ago at 18:12. 0 comments
I’ve updated the Wow Realm Status extension so that it now properly parses both EU servers and RP-PvP servers. Kev offered me scotch. I told you that would work.
Posted 4 years, 6 months ago at 13:41. 1 comment
3 years later, I’m still playing WoW. With the recent expansion, we’ve seen a return to lengthy queues and frequent server downtimes as issues are patched. As the father of two small children, I don’t get a lot of time to play, so last night I went looking for a tool that would show me the status of my realm at a glance so I would know whether to even bother trying to log in.
Current Tunes: Chicane - From Blue To Green | Filed under Firefox, Gaming, Open Web, Software, WoW
Posted 5 years, 2 months ago at 10:34. 0 comments
||Did you hear I finally graduated?
||Yeah, and just a shade under a decade too…all right.
||You know a lot of people go to college for seven years.
||I know, they’re called doctors.
Just in time for 2.4 too, where it will quickly be obsoleted. Sigh.
Current Tunes: The Ventures - Theme from "The Wild Angels" | Filed under Gaming, WoW
Posted 5 years, 4 months ago at 09:50. 1 comment
Ancient Sun took its first baby steps into SSC on Saturday night. We managed to down Hydross, and cleared through to Lurker (who looks like he’ll be cake for next time) before we ran out of steam. The stat report is here, and yes, that is me at the top.
Current Tunes: Herve and Sinden - Essential Mix - 2008-01-05 | Filed under Gaming, WoW
Posted 5 years, 7 months ago at 12:33. 0 comments
Two Street Fighter links for readers today:
Current Tunes: V - Tokyo Slapdown | Filed under Gaming, Music, Nostalgia
Posted 7 years, 2 months ago at 12:20. 0 comments
Busy, yet highly successful.
Ancient Sun often has trouble getting enough people together to properly run Zul’Gurub. As much fun as it is to kill the same two bosses over and over again, it does tend to get a little repetitive. We were once again short on numbers on Friday, so we ran Upper Blackrock Spire instead, and got me (and several others) attuned for Blackwing Lair. It was a much needed change of pace (for me), and was greatly appreciated.
Ancient Sun also belongs to a loose association called the Allied Guilds which functionally creates a larger pool of L60 player characters from which to draw for high-level instances. I jumped into my first Allied Guild instance run on Sunday (cocked-up raids in EP don’t count), and it was quite the experience.
These runs are most often (from what I hear) run by Mirax of Swords and Staves fame. Mirax and his compatriots lived up to their reputation: they behaved like fucking children in Vent. However, since it was mostly directed at each other, I was happy to let it slide, because they did keep things on point, and set a pretty brisk pace. What’s more, I got to see parts of ZG I hadn’t yet seen, downed two new (for me) bosses, and snagged some phat loot for myself in the process. We didn’t manage to down Hakkar, but not for lack of trying.
All in all, a successful weekend, and what will probably be my last hurrah in WoW for a while.
Current Tunes: Hot Lizard - The Theme (Carl Craig Rmx), courtesy of Pandora | Filed under Gaming