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Archive for December 11th, 2008

Bleep Bloop over at College Humor put the new Rock Band Stage Kit to work! If you recall, this $99 product attaches a fog machine and strobe light to work while you play Rock Band games.

You can check the video here since I’m having trouble embedding it.

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Ok I know I might lose some of you by posting about Wii, but I couldn’t help myself when it came to this rumor about a supposed co-op Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for the Wii.

I’m down for this though, granted I own 1 Wii game (smash bros) and barely play it, but I bet if the circumstances and the people were right, I could do a little fourway action. Shotty Raphael!

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The recently-released expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, had many new features.  A new continent featuring a new quest system (which I’ll get into in a later post), an achievement system, a hair salon, new abilities, etc etc.  But one of the biggest additions was Warcraft’s first ever Hero Class, the Death Knight.  And I have started one.  And it’s become my main.

The mechanics for the class has not only changed the way I played the game, but it’s made me pay more attention to what I’m doing.  Prior to starting my DK, I played a dwarf hunter almost all the time.  Excellent for soloing content and damage mitigation, playing the pet-focused class was just fun and easy.  But once I picked up the DK, the hunter suddenly became boring.  Here’s how the class works – imagine, if you will, a warlock (where most of the damage is over time) fusing with a paladin (an AOE plate wearer that heals itself when it does damage).  You apply diseases, spread the disease around multiple mobs using one ability, drop a few AOE attacks, pop some of your fun abilities and voila! Five to six (or even seven to eight) dead mobs at your feet.

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Busy day here at the nest, between regular Thursday woes and managing a staff of 3 (ha ha ha) I have a lot on my plate. None more important then this interview at IGN which reveals some of the details to the previously reported Fallout 3 downloadable content. There’s actually a lot of good stuff in there, which isn’t suprising considering how upfront all the development blogs were during the original production of F3. The meat of the article discusses the first DLC to be announced, Operation Anchorage.

The Chinese red army is everywhere, and the player will first have to secure the surrounding mountain side and then fight their way into the Chinese base. The player will have to use a lot of their standard combat skills, along with several new tools that will only be available in the downloadable content. These include interactive Strike Teams under the player’s command and unique armor, weapons, and other exotic gadgets.

That sounds pretty fucking fun, if you ask me. Granted I haven’t touched the game since the box went down, but you can be sure I will be slinging those Microsoft points to download this bad boy. This is also something to look forward to:

It will include new weapons, armor and achievements! It’s full of top-secret technology used by both sides during the war, which the player will of course be able to use throughout the main game as well.

Other morsels revealed about the other two DLCs: Level cap removed and you can continue playing after the game ends in the Broken Steel DLC, while the Pit DLC takes place in Pittsburgh. These are some delicious details and I for one can’t wait to get my xbox back, finish the freaking game, and then save up the 800 points to buy Operation Anchorage.

Quickly, and I just got a project to work on so I can’t go into detail, but check out Game On’s article about how Spore was the #1 pirated game in 2008. Of course, Spore is the game that only allowed you to install it on five computers, so the debate rages on and the piracy issue just got a little more fuel to the fire. There are some interesting points in the article though, and should prove to be a good read if you are at all interested in the piracy issues of our little industry here.

That’s all for now, I have to get back to the grind…

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Well the day has come – Blizzard has announced you can pay fifteen dollars to fix your character’s skin color, hair, face and gender in WoW.  You can only change one character at a time, so if you need to fix multiple characters, you’re looking at multiple charges.

On one hand, I think it’s nice to offer it, though in the latest expansion they have added an in-game Barbershop, so it’s not like the hairstyles can’t be fixed using fake money instead of real money.  I guess if you picked the wrong face, or was tired of looking at a male version of your character, this would really help you out.  You can’t change your race (probably due to racial abilities) nor your class, so this is purely cosmetic.  A few months ago, name changes were offered as well.

Personally, I see this as a waste of money.  For one, you’re behind the character 98% of the time and you can barely see the face to begin with.  And changing gender?  Are you really sick of the blood elf female dance to change it?  It’s nice to offer it, but I can never see myself taking advantage of this.  Especially for fifteen real dollars.

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