Video Game: The Ultra-Super-Special Edition

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I recall a time, in the distant past, wherein it was a big deal to purchase a video game console and games.  Most of us mere mortals were content with that experience alone, but as with most technology, it quickly grew more diverse, more personal.  More expensive. For example, I didn't just have a Sega Game Gear - I had a cool carrying case for the device and the games, as well as the AC adaptor that tethered me to the wall whilst freeing me from mounds of spent batteries.  Soon, you could … [Read more...]

No One Likes a Water Level

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The other day, I came to a realization: in World of Warcraft, I enjoy "visiting" old zones from time to time.  The music (yes, I'm one of the few who listen to the actual music) takes me back to wherever I was in my life when I first spent a lot of time there.  Since I've been playing the game, off and on, for well over five years, I'm not just looking back to last week.  I enjoy a bit of nostalgia now and then. ...Except when it comes to Vashj'ir.  I can't stand going back there.  In fact, I … [Read more...]

Too Much of a Good Thing: Avoid Overstuffing Your Games and Stories

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Like J, I am a longtime devotee of World of Warcraft, and like her, I am loving the new expansion. Between all the new factions, the pet battles, the rare monsters, the huge amount of raid content, Achievements, farming, secret treasures, scenarios, finding transmog gear, rare mounts, new race, new class, and dailies dailies dailies, there's so much to do! Too much, sometimes. Mists of Pandaria, for all that I love it, is an excellent example of the adage, "too much of a good thing." There … [Read more...]

World of Warcraft Battle Pets: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

As I've mentioned earlier, I'm quite enjoying the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft; I've been more regularly involved than I have since probably the Lich King.  Still, I've reached a bit of a natural lull in the action.  I'm still raiding, yes, but I don't do that every day.  I'm still churning along with my dailies so I can rack up the valor points, but I'm exalted with almost everyone so that's become slightly tedious.  What's a girl to do when she wants a break from the … [Read more...]

Mists of Pandaria: Settling in Nicely

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Okay, time to be honest.  When Mists of Pandaria was first announced for World of Warcraft, I was a bit underwhelmed.  Thrilled about any new expansion, sure.  Did I buy the Collector's Edition?  Absolutely.  But... pandas?  The whole brewing beer thing?  I'm not sure how I feel about appropriating all the Asian architecture and music, for pandas.  Wasn't Kung-Fu Panda done already?  The whole thing just seemed so silly after the Epic Epic Epicness of Cataclysm. Now cut to a few weeks after … [Read more...]

Launch Day Tales: Let’s Hear ‘Em

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It's the middle of Tuesday afternoon, and I should be playing World of Warcraft.  I intended to be playing it; I preordered the Collector's Edition ages ago.  However, because I love the game soundtrack, the behind-the-scenes DVD and a few other perks, I chose to go hard-copy instead of digital.  And now, as I wait more than twelve hours after the launch of the game, I pay for it.   Seriously, though, I'm not all that upset.  I knew I ran this risk when I decided to go for the Collector's … [Read more...]

LF CEO Material: Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership, I Learned from World of Warcraft

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Whenever people ask me why I don't watch as much anime as I used to, I always mutter something about work keeping me busy before scuttling away in a cloud of self-loathing. And to be fair, work is certainly a big part of it, as is a social life and all those other things I gather I'm supposed to be focusing on as a mature and responsible adult (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhaaaa... sorry, couldn't keep a straight face). But between you and me? I blame World of Warcraft. Yes, I'm a bit of a WoW addict, I … [Read more...]

MacBook Pro: Turning Heads

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A few years back, when my ancient Dell kicked the bucket, I decided to take the plunge and buy a MacBook Air.  It was a bold move, as I'd never owned a Mac of any kind, and it's one that I've never regretted.  But that doesn't mean I didn't have to make some concessions when I bought it.   To get something sleek and gorgeous and light, I had to sacrifice a bit of power.  Luckily for me, the decision wasn't too difficult - for example, I didn't really need World of Warcraft to be portable and … [Read more...]

WoW Raid Finder: Looking For Fun

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Recently a new patch came out for World of Warcraft. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal - a new raid, some new tweaks - except this one actually has a potentially game-changing addition: the new Raid Finder. With the Raid Finder, you can quickly join a 25-man “easy mode” version of the new raid, which, incidentally, is the end-game content. Suddenly, even the most casual of players can easily experience downing Deathwing. Allow me to back up: I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since the … [Read more...]

Cataclysm Raiding: Getting Ready to Rumble

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We're now a month in on Cataclysm.  We're past first impressions.  We've tried the new races, we've got at least one archaeologist, and we might have already played through most of the new content.  So what's the emotional climate of World of Warcraft nowadays?  Well, for myself, there's been more than a little frustration. After a holiday break in which I didn't touch WoW at all, I put my little Worgen on hold so that I could get my main geared up for raiding.  I was already 85, but I had to … [Read more...]