Should Blizzard Expand the Starter Edition?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Technically… if you look at it from the right angle and the sun is shining from behind it and you squint your eyes just right… World of Warcraft has a free to play option. It is called The Starter Edition, and it lets you create an account, download WoW, and play for as long as […]


Carbine Studios in One Minute
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2014, 5:00 pm
A quick round up of the history of Carbine Studios, makers of WildStar. (Direct link to video) One thing that always strikes me about the group that started Carbine is that they left Blizzard in 2005, long before WoW peaked, many months before the first expansion, and even before the game really settled down and […]


Shroud of the Avatar, Virtual Real Estate, and Keeping Control
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 June 2014, 1:00 pm
We do not, to my knowledge at least, have a live MMORPG that has started life financed via Kickstarter as yet.  There are a few on their way, such as Shroud of the Avatar and Camelot Unchained, but we still seem to be a long way from a state of “this is how these things […]


Fast Panda or Happy Panda?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2014, 1:00 pm
At some point last month I decided to roll up a Panda monk just to give that a try.  So I used my last free character slot on Eldre’Thalas and created Makawao. [Note to Blizzard: You want something to sell me? Sell me more character slots for my main server.  I am all out of […]


Civilization – The Slow March of Time
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2014, 2:00 pm
I was going to be late last time around.  My wife and I were watching the pilot for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO, which it turns out runs two hours.  That was going to push me about 15 minutes passed the planned game start time. But I figured that would be okay.  […]


Quote of the Day – DC Universe Online Owns on PlayStation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2014, 5:00 pm
Smedley said DC Universe Online is the largest revenue generator across PS3 and PS4 combined, even though the game is free to play. Fortune, Interview with John Smedley about SOE That is a pretty amazing, given how DC Universe Online stumbled almost immediately after a hot launch. Then again, the article says that the PlayStation […]


Looking into the Mogu’shan Palace
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Bung was back from LEGOLand and Earl was back from the wilds of Canada and we were all together again on Saturday night.  We had already done Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, so the next instance on the list looked to be Mogu’shan Palace. As an instance it is rated for level […]


Draenor – Avoiding The Oasis During the WoW News Drought
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 June 2014, 1:00 pm
The Warlords of Draenor alpha is upon us. Some people are very happy about this, to the point that getting an invite appears to have validated their very existence.  WoW Insider is running posts on every tidbit about the expansion they can lay their hands on and compiling it all into a guide page.  Blizzard […]


Summer Project: The Loremaster Achievement
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 June 2014, 1:00 pm
The Loremaster achievement, which gets you not only the achievement but also a title and tabard (which goes towards another achievement), has been around for a while now.  While it has always been a meta achievement, an achievement for obtaining a series of other achievements, it has changed a bit over time. Back before Cataclysm, […]


Quote of the Day – Why Charge for Beta Access?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2014, 1:00 pm
We’re simply not interested in letting freeloaders gain early access to the game, not provide meaningful – if any – feedback, while we foot the bill for the backend services, servers, bandwidth etc -Derek Smart on the $99 price for Line of Defense Beta Access Saying that Derek Smart can be a polarizing figure might […]


You Don’t Have ProSiebenSat.1 to Kick Around Anymore
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2014, 10:00 am
Well, that de-escalated quickly. Sony Online Entertainment announced today that European players of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, and EverQuest II will have their accounts merged back into the SOE fold and become direct customer of SOE, which is what they were two years ago when this whole PR disaster started. (The sordid history is […]


Civilization – Operation Torch and the Russian Front
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2014, 1:00 pm
There were only three of us online and in the Google hangout last week.  Mattman either decided to enjoy his vacation or he read last week’s post and took it the wrong way.  Hrmm… But for those of us online, the game started getting more interesting.  After much laying of groundwork last time, all of […]


On the Darkest Shore
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2014, 3:00 pm
Unlike a lot of places from vanilla World of Warcraft, I do not have much in the way of fond memories of Darkshore. I wouldn’t say it was horrible, but it occupied the same level range as Westfall and Loch Modan, both of which were better zones. (Reality check on leveling speed: Back in vanilla […]


Summer Reruns – The War in Fountain
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Technically summer starts tomorrow according to the conspiracy of pendants and calendar makers, for whom there must be a set of fixed dates for something as nebulous as a “season,” but I still think of summer as just being June, July, and August, those being the span of “summer vacation” from school when I was […]


A Long History of Gear Obsession
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Back in the mid-to-late 90s, back when I was playing TorilMUD, there was a point when a couple of people had been caught cheating… multi-boxing or exploiting game mechanics or some such… and the game had to come up with punishments for such transgressions. The people who ran the at the time came up with […]


A Long History of Gear Obsession
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Back in the mid-to-late 90s, back when I was playing TorilMUD, there was a point when a couple of people had been caught cheating… multi-boxing or exploiting game mechanics or some such… and the game had to come up with punishments for such transgressions. The people who ran the at the time came up with […]


Summer Reruns – The War in Fountain
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Technically summer starts tomorrow according to the conspiracy of pendants and calendar makers, for whom there must be a set of fixed dates for something as nebulous as a “season,” but I still think of summer as just being June, July, and August, those being the span of “summer vacation” from school when I was […]


On the Darkest Shore
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2014, 3:00 pm
Unlike a lot of places from vanilla World of Warcraft, I do not have much in the way of fond memories of Darkshore. I wouldn’t say it was horrible, but it occupied the same level range as Westfall and Loch Modan, both of which were better zones. (Reality check on leveling speed: Back in vanilla […]


Civilization – Operation Torch and the Russian Front
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2014, 1:00 pm
There were only three of us online and in the Google hangout last week.  Mattman either decided to enjoy his vacation or he read last week’s post and took it the wrong way.  Hrmm… But for those of us online, the game started getting more interesting.  After much laying of groundwork last time, all of […]


You Don’t Have ProSiebenSat.1 to Kick Around Anymore
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2014, 10:00 am
Well, that de-escalated quickly. Sony Online Entertainment announced today that European players of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, and EverQuest II will have their accounts merged back into the SOE fold and become direct customer of SOE, which is what they were two years ago when this whole PR disaster started. (The sordid history is […]


Quote of the Day – Why Charge for Beta Access?
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2014, 1:00 pm
We’re simply not interested in letting freeloaders gain early access to the game, not provide meaningful – if any – feedback, while we foot the bill for the backend services, servers, bandwidth etc -Derek Smart on the $99 price for Line of Defense Beta Access Saying that Derek Smart can be a polarizing figure might […]


Summer Project: The Loremaster Achievement
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 June 2014, 1:00 pm
The Loremaster achievement, which gets you not only the achievement but also a title and tabard (which goes towards another achievement), has been around for a while now.  While it has always been a meta achievement, an achievement for obtaining a series of other achievements, it has changed a bit over time. Back before Cataclysm, […]


Draenor – Avoiding The Oasis During the WoW News Drought
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 June 2014, 1:00 pm
The Warlords of Draenor alpha is upon us. Some people are very happy about this, to the point that getting an invite appears to have validated their very existence.  WoW Insider is running posts on every tidbit about the expansion they can lay their hands on and compiling it all into a guide page.  Blizzard […]


Looking into the Mogu’shan Palace
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 June 2014, 1:00 pm
Bung was back from LEGOLand and Earl was back from the wilds of Canada and we were all together again on Saturday night.  We had already done Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, so the next instance on the list looked to be Mogu’shan Palace. As an instance it is rated for level […]


Quote of the Day – DC Universe Online Owns on PlayStation
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2014, 5:00 pm
Smedley said DC Universe Online is the largest revenue generator across PS3 and PS4 combined, even though the game is free to play. Fortune, Interview with John Smedley about SOE That is a pretty amazing, given how DC Universe Online stumbled almost immediately after a hot launch. Then again, the article says that the PlayStation […]


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