Remembering Ferdinand “Fred” Morrone – 9/11/2001
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 September 2009, 7:00 am
I never met Ferdinand Morrone.  Before he ever became the Superintendent of the New York Port Authority Police, Ferdinand Morrone had a law enforcement career that most cops would envy.  Born in Brooklyn, he started his career with the New Jersey State Police in 1963, and continued his education and got his PoliSci degree from [...]


Damn
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2009, 1:56 am
I’ve always liked close up magic, and slight of hand.  This guy is really good though.  Pay special attention to how the song lyric matches the trick… It’s Magic!


Champions Makes a Good 2nd Impression
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 September 2009, 12:34 am
So when the PileFlanet (Yes, I did that on purpose) beta came out for Champions online, I took advantage of the membership I’ve inexplicably maintained for the last few years and downloaded and installed the game.  I got my key, activated my account, patched (I won’t bitch too much except to say that didn’t go [...]


Cryptic Studios Aptly Named on Pre-Launch Event
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2009, 4:03 pm
Like anyone who is interested in the MMO space, I tend to want to at least try every game that comes along.  I was a little resistant to mess with Champions Online just because from the brief time I spent with it in beta, it felt like CoX 2.0.  This isn’t a ringing endorsement. Like a [...]


Brett Close out, Jennifer MacLean in as 38 CEO
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2009, 10:28 am
In a move that I didn’t see coming, Brett Close has left 38 Studios “to pursue other interests.”  This is a big change because it’s been said in the past about Close that he’s loyal and sticks to a position.  As a matter of fact it’s been discussed in the past that they were very [...]


Blizzard Proving Willing to Make the Big Change
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2009, 2:18 am
When we are talking about the events in MMO history that have caused a company to become reviled among the player base, the Star Wars: Galaxies NGE is frequently brought to the forefront.  SOE still hasn’t lived down the whole debacle.  It’s not even entirely clear that it was their idea, as I hear a [...]


Big Class Changes to Accompany Cataclysm
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2009, 9:44 pm
In addition to the huge changes coming to the game world, it appears that WoW 4.0 is going to bring some pretty substantial changes to the way the classes work.  I’m going to reference an article that I’ll link from the live blog at Blizzcon’s Class, Items, and Professions Panel today.  Here are the major [...]


It’s True! It’s a Cataclysm
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2009, 7:05 pm
All of the rumors turned out to be true. Which means they weren’t rumors at all.  That means someone seriously stole Blizzard’s thunder by leaking that information.  We reported it here a few weeks ago, and MMO-Champion took the report to a level of detail that turned out to be very factual.  They claimed that people [...]


Win
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2009, 8:45 pm
If you watch the online video series The Guild, or even if you don’t, this is a win on several levels. If you don’t watch The Guild, you need to head over to WatchTheGuild.com and get caught up. Until then, check out Felicia Day and the rest of the crew from the show [...]


Painting With a Broad Brush
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2009, 6:34 pm
I’ve been reading Tobold’s series of posts since his un-retirement (from blogging) that all share the “Why we play” theme.  I think his posts are thoughtful and incisive, although I don’t always agree with him. One thing I’m noticing is that there seems to be a distinct “what’s wrong with WoW” tint to the series.  For [...]


Where WILL all the Money Come From?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2009, 12:13 pm
Someone once gave me a really good definition of the difference between rich and wealthy. He told me that Kobe Bryant is rich. He said the person that signs his checks is wealthy.


Noah, party of 2 please…
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2009, 2:36 am
Hi everyone.  Genda asked me to take a few moments and post some thoughts on the end of the world as we know it.  No, I’m no a preacher with a wooden sign over my shoulders screaming about Armageddon.  No, I’m not talking about people paying 5 grand to watch Kobe Bryant talk at Michael [...]


Blizzard Expert at Prolonging Game Time
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 June 2009, 8:53 am
So you have been plodding along playing WoW. You’re over the group that you have been playing with or your guild disintegrates. One of your friends (or a blog writer) convinces you to restart on another server and on the opposite faction. You level that character up, all the way to max [...]


WoW H8 and Shaman Love
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2009, 6:40 pm
So WoW it coming up on another major sub-version upgrade to 3.2 soon.  At the same time that there are critics about what the patch will or won’t contain there is a growing sentiment in the blog community that the thing is just getting old and tired. Some of this is fueled, I believe, by [...]


I was wrong. I was SO wrong.
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 June 2009, 6:53 pm
Turns out that the site listed in the previous post is indeed Brad’s. There was too much about it that made it seem “off” that I didn’t believe it.  But I got from a trusted source today that it is his site.  Too bad, a spoof would have been funny. As it is, it’s kind of creepy [...]


That’s NOT Brad McQuaid
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2009, 8:43 pm
Now if it IS Brad, I'd like to offer him a chance to do an interview about the last 3 years including his last year at Sigil.


Finally, 80
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2009, 1:03 pm
I don’t usually post my personal achievements here on the blog because I don’t want to bore you guys any more than I usually do.  But after being retired from WoW for almost 2 years I’ve finally gotten my original day-one WoW character to 80. I had leveled this Shaman to 60 LONG ago, and had [...]


The Issue of Trust in MMO’s
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2009, 6:19 pm
Last night something came up in my WoW guild that got me to thinking.  Yeah I know, it should happen more often, this “thinking” thing. I’m almost level 79 so I’m running some stuff with friends, trying to level.  As such I’m not in Naxx with the rest of my guild on the nights they run [...]


Shut Up We’re Talking #47
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 May 2009, 2:49 pm
Darren over at Common Sense Gamer has hosted and posted the 47th edition of his podcast, Shut Up, We’re Talking (SUWT.)  I’m happy to have been on for the third time with Darren and Karen from Journeys with Jaye.  Here are the particulars; Introductions What we’re playing Darkfall and Eurogamer Avatars. Players, Characters - The Gap Blog of the Week Hosts: Darren [...]


What Constitutes an MMO Success or Failure?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2009, 11:23 am
As discussion on some of the blogs in the MMO blogosphere seem to be discussing the slowdown of activity in some of the WAR-dedicated blogs recently it occurs to me that there are all kinds of different definitions of what makes an MMO commercially “successful.”  While some companies look at anything less than Blizzard-Level numbers [...]


Returning Soon
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 December 2008, 1:48 pm
For those of you that are wondering where I’ve been, there have been a lot of things going on over the last couple of months.  Unfortunately, that meant that the blogging took a hit. I’ve still got some things to say, so please keep coming back here.  I’ll get started just like old times in a [...]


I’m baaaack
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2009, 2:56 pm
Hey everyone, I’ve missed talking to you over the last few months as I worked through some things and have been trying to get some things in order.  I have missed pontificating and keeping track of everything that has been going on in the industry. So I’m back.  Be careful what you ask for…


WoW CoW is recruiting
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 February 2009, 3:27 pm
CoW has a WoW guild. I say that because not that many people know about it.  We’re actually becoming a multi-game guild.  Right now, most of us are in our 40’s and many of us also have DK alts. We’re looking for like-minded people, namely people who like to play, group, and enjoy the game with [...]


What is going to be The Next Big Thing in MMO’s?
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2009, 11:21 am
After watching the road littered with the bodies of the would-be kings of the MMO world over the last few years, and seeing the size of the PC Game section at the local Fry’s and Best Buy shrink and get less interesting, I have come to wonder what Will Be Next.  While Tarkheena and I [...]


Honest Blogmeme
Posted by The Grouchy Gamer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2009, 11:58 am
I’ve been tagged with a meme.  I’ve avoided participating in meme-taggin exercises up until now because I didn’t want to go down that road.  Wilhelm2451 over at The Ancient Gaming Noob has challenged me to wrest me from by blog-slumber on this one though.  So here it is.  Some honest scrap for you all. Let’s start [...]


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