The Cost to be the boss
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2019, 3:40 pm
BB King once wrote a song called “Paying the cost to be the boss” – but what happens when boss refuses to pay the cost? It’s a shame that this is what it took to get me writing again but lets find at least a modicum of good in the avalanche of bad. As of […]

Let them listen to cake
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2018, 6:33 pm
Let them listen to Cake…   The best thing about MMOs is the community – that is assuming you have a community of regular games you talk to all the time.  Recently one of The Older Gamers in World of Warcraft introduced me to a new musical group called “Cake” in a round about way.  […]

Goosestepping into Teldrassil
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2018, 3:37 pm
I keep seeing this picture in my mind when ever I see Sylvanas Windrunner when I log into World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.  As Fran has said, it is certainly a love/hate relationship.   Just before Sylvanas burns the World Tree she looks at another of her many victims and says “This is War” to […]

You can buy the pants but you have to wear them here
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 August 2018, 3:56 pm
  News recently passed our newsfeed of the very last Blockbuster store left in America (And yes, we prefer to get our news about the U.S. from BBC World News).    You can attribute it to cable, as some may do, or to streaming video like Netflix, but the more I stream videos the more I […]

Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2018, 7:30 am
“Blizzard is more interested in telling you their narrative then letting you make your own narrative” – IGN, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: How WoW has taken the World out of Warcraft /spit /slap That’s about all you can do to an NPC (non-player character) in World of Warcraft that is marked as “essential” […]

Not Now, Not Ever!
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2018, 12:12 am
As Sylvanas Windrunner is leaning over a dying night elf whispering into her ear, why she is doing what she is doing…the elf replies with her dying breath… this isn’t war, this is hatred. I couldn’t agree more. After finishing the last of the quests, that lead up to the new expansion that is about […]

The Great Retcon
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2018, 7:48 am
My grandfather used to call it “telling someone to go to hell and make them like it” – what I am talking about here is what I have come to think of as “the great retcon” by Blizzard. Retroactive continuity – Wikipedia Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is a literary device in which […]

Haters Gonna Hate
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2018, 12:51 pm
  “Haters gonna hate, ainters gonna aint”-The Interview   Once you lose your audience, its hard to win them back. Still, as we have often seen, once it becomes popular to hate something, be it a movie, a game or a person, it begins to pick up speed. Eventually it’s like people hopping on the […]

Price and the Heavy Price
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 July 2018, 8:21 pm
Let’s be clear.  ArenaNet didn’t “fold like a cheap card table“, she wasn’t “thrown to the wolves”,  and she most certainly is not a victim.  Mike O’Brien, president of Arenanet, most certainly did not fail to lead.  As has been pointed out, Derior’s comment did not exist in a vacuum, and most certainly neither did […]

It pays to know total nerds
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2018, 11:35 pm
It pays to know total nerds.  That’s what saved the day recently when a company that otherwise is known as “overweight livestock” overwrote our site with a save from 2009.  Why they felt the sudden need to overwrite our data is beyond me.  When we asked them to restore it to 2018 we were told […]

Tomorrow a feather duster
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 July 2018, 12:24 am
There is a line that that Tina Turner delivers in one of her movies where she says “Today, cock of the walk, tomorrow a feather duster” – truer words were never spoken.   Perhaps its the way Jessica Price said “next rando asshat who attempts to explain the concept of branching dialogue to me–as if, you […]

Gamer Seeks New Home
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2018, 1:45 am
Gamer looking for new home – not the kind you live in. I am doing just fine along those fronts. More like a new home game.  There was a time, back when level 60 was the level cap in World of Warcraft (WOW), that 40 of us would get together to run Molten Core.  In […]

Hello world!
Posted by No Prisoners No Mercy Blog & Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2018, 8:56 pm
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The sad truth
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2018, 12:56 am
In a sad twist to a tragic turn of events the governor of Kentucky  is blaming violent videogames for the school shootings in Parkland Florida. Of course he would have the public believe it had nothing to do with the fact that an 18 year old teenager, who is not yet old enough to drink alcohol...

I am shocked! Just Shocked!
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 11:40 pm
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds? Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money] Croupier: Your winnings, sir. Renault: Oh, thank you very much. - From the movie “Casablanca”   So it seems the same chairman of the...

Normality Level 1 established
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2018, 8:24 pm
“We are now cruising at a level of two to the power of twenty-five thousand to one against and falling, and we will be restoring normality just as soon as we are sure what is normal anyway.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy   Hello Friend. How long has it been? Since...

Secret World Legends – some secrets should be kept
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 July 2017, 8:44 am
“Secret World Legends was our chance to make combat feel more immersive, more responsive, and just plain old fun.” – Funcom Some secrets shouldn’t be told – I am starting to wonder of if Secret World Legends isn’t one of them. I will preface this by saying that at least two members of the No...

Just Wow…
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2017, 1:09 pm
A friend recently sent me a link to a Youtube video that concerns “gamergate” suggesting I would find it interesting.  Interesting? Yes.  Difficult to listen to? Most emphatically, but not because of the subject matter.  I have always had an issue attaching the epithet “gamergate” to anything as it implies some vast conspirarcy, which just isn’t...

Griefers Adrift
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2017, 7:05 pm
“The exploration and ship building aspect of this game are near top-notch. Since every island is designed by a player they each have their own unique design and fun things to find on them, which in my opinion is much more interesting than something randomly generated. And with shipbuilding you and your friends can build...

Greed to Play
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 May 2017, 10:50 pm
There was a time when John Smedley, then president of Sony Online Entertainment, said that Star Wars the Old Republic would be the last subscription based game to come out – and he wasn’t far wrong. Mind you, free to play hasn’t quite been the bane of existance to PC games like it has to...

From Hell’s Heart I Stab at Thee
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 7:11 am
“…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” – Captain Ahab, Herman Melville… …or Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan if you are  a Star Trek fan. In the book Captain Ahab goes on to...

Just Keep Running
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 March 2017, 6:45 am
On an upcoming show one of the things we talk about is the way we, as gamers, behave as a whole.  Fran calls it “lemming mentality”.   With the release of each new multiplayer game the last seems to fall by the wayside. Increasingly I talk to other gamers and find a disatisfaction about the...

Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 March 2017, 7:33 am
There seems to be am avalanche of early access games.  Perhaps it is simply a matter of one developer or publisher seeing the success of another and wanting to duplicate it.  played Starmade yesterday  - Yes I spelled the name incorrectly to catch someone’s eye, much like you see along the highway.  As I found...

Early Release
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2017, 6:52 am
In looking for a new home game I have considered Guild Wars 2: However I considered some of the early release games that I have played that seem to have “early released” whose fan base seems to have come and gone before the game was finished: 7 Days to Die: Early release December 13, 2013...

You can buy the pants but you have to wear them here
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2017, 11:13 pm
Customer: I would like to buy these pants please. Clerk: That will be $29.95 please. Customer: Here you go. May I have a plastic bag for my pants please? Clerk: What for? Customer: Pardon me? Clerk: You can buy the pants but you can only wear them here. Customer: Say what now? What if buying...

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