March 23rd, 2015 – Stupid free magazines and puppies
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March 26th – Randumb
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March 21st, 2015 – Fire Bad in Austin
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Temple of Elemental Evil in DDO
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2015, 2:30 pm

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Temple of Elemental Evil in DDO On Wednesday March 25, Severlin, Steelstar, Knockback, and Cordovan from the DDO team posted a video on YouTube to preview the upcoming Temple of Elemental Evil quest from Update 25, which should be coming out sometime in April. The first thing i noticed while watching the video is that it […]


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New Star Wars Canon Timeline
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2015, 10:00 am

Oh my god.  It's so tiny.  Look at that new canon timenline.

Just compare it to the abridged version of only the novels for the Legends Expanded Universe.


I'm having trouble letting go of the old Expanded Universe.  Can you tell?




The World of Online Games
Posted by Write The Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2015, 8:14 am
Games that can be played via the net, with aid via internet may end up touted mainly because free game. These games are played using a computer all of which eventually have to have any feasible link with the world-wide-web. The internet business of on line flash games is quite vast it truly is largely […]


The price of verbosity
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2015, 8:31 am
I was following a link from a post from Bhagpuss about turning your blog into a pdf or ebook file. The software didn't work for my blog. So I googled for similar services and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM failed to turn my complete blog into a book. None of the programs could handle my 4,985 posts with the 188 MB of data in XML format. Too bad, I would have liked to offer the pdf or ebook file to my readers for my upcoming 5,000th post.
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Final Fantasy Type-0 Wrap-Up
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2015, 12:54 pm

I finished up Final Fantasy Type-0 last night!  As always with Final Fantasy spin-off titles it was really interesting to see what they did with the game and where they differed from normal.

I think the best thing they did with Type-0 is making it a mature game in a way that no other Final Fantasy game has been before.  Within the first few minutes you see an actual tragedy of war.  Death and being mortal are huge themes throughout the whole game.  And death often happens brutally, with blood.  Blood may not seem like a big deal in a game with war, but there is rarely any blood in a Final Fantasy game.  I'm surprised by how much weight it gives to the injuries and death in this game.

The themes and the story in Final Fantasy Type-0 are the strongest parts.  I loved watching the members of Class 0 develop together as the story progressed.  By the end of the game I felt a connection with each member, even though there are 14 playable characters!  The developers made it work somehow.

The counterpoint to this is the combat... it's not horrible, but it's not great.  After the first couple hours you will have seen everything the combat system has to offer.  The game is only about 15 hours long for an initial playthrough, so it's not a huge slog through the game but I was pretty tired of combat by the end.  It's basic hack n slash action-oriented gameplay without much depth.  You can assign a couple abilities to the face buttons on the controllers and that's it.  There are much better combat systems out there if that's what you're looking for.  Despite the combat, it's a good game.

It took me about 15 hours to beat Type-0 but the game is definitely set up for multiple playthroughs.  I can tell that the story would feel different a second time through, knowing what I now know.  There are big revelations at the end of the game that change how you look at things.  I also suspect that there are new missions and cutscenes on subsequent playthroughs.  Luckily, there's a New Game Plus option!  You can pick up right where you left off with your character development while taking them through the game again.  I love New Game Plus options in games, I wish they were more prevalent.

I'm glossing over many of the imperfections that exist in this game.  They're there because it's a port of a handheld game originally made for PSP.  You could nitpick a ton of things that result from this, but I had fun with the game overall so I'm not going to.  Just keep in mind, you're not getting a game built for the PS4 from the ground up.  This is a handheld port.  You have been warned.

I'm trying to think who I would recommend this for and I'm not entirely sure.  I like the game as a complete package, but I can't endorse it on any one aspect alone.  I suppose if you're a Final Fantasy fan you probably know whether or not you'll get it.  If you aren't a Final Fantasy fan chances are good that you're going to skip the game.  Like I said, I had fun with Type-0 and that's what matters to me.

There's a secret ending buried in the game that hints at a sequel.  The online community is already calling it Type-1.  After playing Type-0 I would definitely buy that game.  That's a pretty solid endorsement from me.  I liked Type-0 enough that if they made Final Fantasy Type-1 I would buy it day one, no question.

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The DDO Chronicle: Issue 135
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 5:10 pm

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The latest bonuses, events, news, and more from the world of Dungeons & Dragons Online!


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Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 3/27/2015
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Champion Changes

Bard

  • Base damage increased to 52 (up from 46) and damage per level increased to 3.5 (up from 3)
  • Range increased to 550 (up from 500)
  • Cosmic Binding [Q] - Now deals 80/125/170/215/260 (+0.65) (up from 80/120/160/200/240 (+0.5))

Hecarim

  • Health per 5 decreased to 7 (down from 9.25)
  • Mana per 5 decreased to 6.5 (down from 7.5)

Kassadin

  • Riftwalk [R] - Grace period between stacks reduced to 15 (down from 20)

Garen

  • Demacian Justice [R] - Cooldown reduced to 120/100/80 (down from 160/120/80)

Darius

Noxian Guillotine [R] - Reworked:

  • Leaps to target enemy champion and strikes a lethal blow, dealing 160/250/340 (+) true damage. For each stack of Hemorrhage on the target, Noxian Guillotine deals an additional 20/20/20% damage.
  • Maximum Damage: 
  • If Noxian Guillotine kills the target, Darius restores 25/50/100 mana and it may be recast within 20 seconds.
  • At rank 3, Noxian Guillotine's cooldown resets entirely on kill.
  • Cost: 100 Mana
  • Range: 460
  • Cooldown: 120/100/80



Link-up Fridays
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 10:00 am
My friend, B.J. Keeton, has been doing Link-ups on Fridays for awhile now.  They're a really cool idea.  Basically, you embed the linkup code on your blog and let anyone submit a relevant link.  It's like a curated list of articles for the week, but both writers and readers of articles are submitting their favorites.

This past week he pointed out something interesting to me.  You can use the same embed code on multiple blogs and have it all contribute to the same Link-up.  He asked if I would be willing to try it out with him and I jumped at the chance.

So here it is!  My first Friday Link-up.  Check it out below.  Submit any link from the past week that you think other fans of this blog might enjoy.  Anything geeky, video gamey, exercisey, whatever.  We're not going to curate it and pull links out.  If you think it's cool and want to share it with the community then feel free to drop it in the Link-up.

And if you're interested in joining our Link-up and embedding the same code on your blog just let me or B.J. know and we'll get you involved!



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A Drow In Despair
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 9:55 am

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I’m away from DDO during the season of Lent. This is a saved post I’ve made while I’m away. This post may or may not contain sensitive subject matter unsuitable for some minds (specifically, religion). Reader discretion advised. ~~~ With a solo of the Shroud under Szyncletica’s belt, what’s next for this mad Monk? Once upon […]


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MP3Gain
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 9:59 am
Just a quick mention of a software that helped me with a small problem: I had bought an alarm clock which wakes you up with your favorite song as mp3 file on an USB key or SD card. Unfortunately it turned out that the volume setting in alarm mode cannot be changed, and getting woken up by music blaring loudly wasn't especially nice. I thought about buying a different alarm clock, but then I had an idea: The volume of the music must be somewhere encoded on the mp3 file. If only there was a way to easily change the volume of a bunch of mp3 files!

Turns out, there is! MP3Gain lets you change the volume of a bunch of mp3 files to the same loudness. While mostly meant to normalize the songs on your mp3 player to have the same volume, it also worked beautifully for my purpose. 80 decibels is enough to wake me up without giving me a heart attack.
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Infinity on FeedTheBeast
Posted by MmoQuests.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 10:39 am
I’ve swapped over to a new minecraft mod, this time it’s Infinity on feed the beast. This mod is a combination of everything I was already using on The Dark Trilogy, with some extras. A lot of extras. One of those mods is called ‘decocraft’ and it’s basically just a huge selection of decorations. They’re … Continue reading Infinity on FeedTheBeast


Friday Funnies from Down Under
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 8:20 am
Courtesy of our friends & colleagues in our Sydney office, we wanted to share this PAX Aus clip of Australian comedy trio Tripod. Watch as they burst into song to describe their Skyrim characters. Their character experiences are very different, to say the least. Enjoy!


No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 155 is live
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 7:07 am
No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 155 is live and can be heard here and on Itunes. Here are the topics this time out, This time out we talk about the BAFT Awards, ransomeware for gamers, and a game from the evil empire that is rated “E for Exploitive”   Topics this time out: Ransomware BAFTA...


Too Long; Didn't Play: Insecticide
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2015, 6:17 am

Sponsored By: Mantid (I GET IT!)

Time Played: 89 Minutes

Fruit Fly review

Like L.A. Noire, but fun.

Cockroach review

One of the awesome things about this community is that I get to be surprised by games again. I have a stack of games in my Steam library that were generous gifts from you lot, many of which weren't a blip on my radar until they showed up in a little green envelope. I get to be surprised by the gift and then I get to be surprised by the game. It's a two-fer!

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Episode 208, "Soup, salad, and breadsticks"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2015, 11:20 pm

Blizzcon 2015 announced.
All about 6.1.2
How will tokens affect the game?
Heroes of the Nexus updates
Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain coming
Heroes of the Dorm registration ends...today! Hurry!
What games have we been playing?




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Don't miss: Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 3/26/2015


ETA of Ashe, Gangplank Reworks and More

Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

@Riot Meddler, will we see Ashe testing begin in the PBE really soon?

Not for a while. Gameplay changes haven't been completely locked down yet. Once they have, she'll then go into the queue for the required visual changes. It'll be a while as a result.


Originally Posted by Riot (View Original Source)

@meddler Is Darius buffs still planned to be in patch 5.7?

We're still planning to make that change. I'd imagine that'll be in 5.7, though can't guarantee that yet of course.




Let’s Play Crusader Kings 2 — Part 4: My Traitorous Wife
Posted by Ogrebear's Thoughts [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2015, 9:25 pm

My Wife has decided to start a faction to kill me… While continuing to have sex with me and have my babies…. Only in Crusader Kings 2.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition: A Sneak Peek at the Jaws of Hakkon DLC
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2015, 10:37 pm

A Sneak Peek at the Jaws of Hakkon DLC

Four months after its original release and on very short notice, Bioware is providing us today the first DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition. In fact, the lack of any announcement beforehand is almost as surprising as the rather steep price of 15 Dollars, which makes it the most expensive story DLC in the Dragon Age franchise.




PlanetSide 2: Chatting All Things PS2 on PS4 With Luke Sigmund
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 12:28 am

Chatting All Things PS2 on PS4 With Luke Sigmund

We recently caught up with PlanetSide 2 lead designer Luke Sigmund to discuss the upcoming PlayStation 4 version of PlanetSide 2.




Archlord 2: A Tale of Two Grinds
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 3:59 pm

A Tale of Two Grinds

This new iteration - Archlord 2 -- is set in the same setting as the previous version but in an alternate universe, sort of. I wouldn't worry so much about it because all of the lore and imagery of the game is really just a wrap around a series of button-pushing mechanics that only become half-fun once the player has spent hours and hours grinding bad, level-based quest after another (trust me, you won't even look at what the quests say, they are that repetitive.)




General: Getting to Know Moonrise
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 8:58 pm

Getting to Know Moonrise

Moonrise first caught my eye with its distinctive art style. Really, it reminded me of Free Realms, one of my favorite casual MMOs that featured some of my favorite graphics. I'm a bit of a fan of stylized graphics. I also noticed that Moonrise offered monster collecting and combat, not something I am normally a huge fan of, but it looked so nice I continued to get excited.




General: Crowdfunding Roundup - An Unwelcome Trend
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2015, 11:03 pm

Crowdfunding Roundup - An Unwelcome Trend

This week Rob is back talking about crowdfunding, which he is loath to do, and what he sees as the start to a possibly disturbing trend. Read on to get your feathers riled up.




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