Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Your Twenty-first Assignment: MM-No?

Keeper, this is Targeter.  On site.  Enemy presence is noticeably higher than predicted by Intelligence.  Requesting backup.

Lock and load, fellow agents.  Star Wars: The Old Republic is being billed as a massively online multiplayer role-playing game, but is it truly an MMO?  Does the heart and soul of the game center around the community it builds?  I'm thinking it isn't.

I commented today on a blog I read occasionally called Killing 'Em Slowly, a WoW Warlock blog (as a former Elemental Shaman, reading a 'lock blog should be heresy).  In it, Fulguralis posited that it felt like eight single player games rolled into one; granted, he's very excited for the game, along with what seems like most of the western hemisphere, but he is rightly concerned about the MMO part.  Let's examine this more closely.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Your Twentieth Assignment: Hatred

Targeter on site.  Prepping for assault.  The target has been hardened.  This won't be easy.

Lock and load, agents!  My unabashed love for this game is obvious.  My feverish fanboy hopes have been burning since 2007.  And yet ...

There are some things I actually don't like about TOR.  I'm going to talk/rant about them today.  Caution: this post contains profanity.  A metric fuck-ton of it.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Your Nineteenth Assignment: Imperial Survival Guide

Today we gather to commemorate Ancestor, brave agent of the Emperor's will, son of the Chiss Ascendacy, and defender of all Imperial people against the tyranny of the Republic.  He died as he lived, fighting the good fight against the enemies of the Empire and ensuring peace across the galaxy.

Lock and load, agents!  Busy day today, but first some house-cleaning.  The name Ancestor has been permanently retired.  It was my WoW handle for a long time and I've just decided to move on; WoW no longer speaks to me (hasn't for a long time) and it's time to give myself a moniker worthy of The Old Republic.

Welcome Targeter, Cipher Agent for the Empire.

That being said, let's move on!  Big news - the NDA dropped for TOR!  That means I can regale you all with juicy tidbits from TOR's beta gameplay.  Here's my review of the game so far:


Yeah, so it's good.  'Nuff said.  Here's some info that you guys actually need ... a primer on what you should be looking for in TOR this weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Special Assignment: Disgust

Not going to do an Old Republic entry today.  Today, we're going to talk about the children of Penn State, the predations of a vile man, and the abuse of power by cowards who were more concerned with keeping their positions rather than protecting the boys and girls that parents trusted them to keep safe.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Your Eighteenth Assignment: Lessons of the Past

Control, this is Ancestor.  I've uncovered an ancient cache of information.  It seems to date back several centuries ... transmitting now.

Lock and load, agents.  Today we'll be discussing some stuff that Bioware needs to avoid when they finally dip their toes into the MMO waters.  Many companies have tried to compete in this harsh and unforgiving market, but a scant few still remain active today.  Let's talk about some landmines that Bioware should avoid at all costs.