Tuesday, August 12, 2014

World of Warcraft: New Troll Models

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
TROOOOOLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSS!
I didn't expect to be seeing this one so soon!
I gotta say, I almost fell outta my chair with excitement.
YAY!!!!
I have to say, Blizzard's timing on this one, with Robin William's death yesterday dealing a crushing blow to basically everyone in the world, me included, it was great to see an update today, and it's the TROLLS which is the race of my main character, and what's even better is, I love them!
I'm focusing on the female here since that's what I play, but I will put the pics of the male, too.

She looks so awesome!


Someone said they're ugly compared to other races but, they always have been, they're trolls.  
That's the point.  
They aren't prissy little girly-girls.  They'll fucking eat your face.  Some of them LITERALLY will eat your face, as the trolls in general are cannibals, albeit the ones we play in-game are not cannibals by choice.  Or maybe it was a condition of Thralls, he'd only let them into the Horde if they gave up cannibalism..... 
I don't remember now, but the point is, I think she looks great!  One thing to note about these particular screenshots, the face that they have redone here is one of the "ugly" or "angry" faces.  There is ONE "pretty" face for female trolls, that basically everyone uses exclusively, although you do see the occasional person who has a grumpy face.  I had one of the grumpy faces for years, but paid to choose a new one, after a wave of new players kept telling me I had demon eyes and looked super angry.  Again, she's a troll and that's the point.  But whatever, I changed it because I got tired of the whiny little kids whining at me about it.  Plus it was nice to have a little change.  Like how I had my troll's hair bright red for years, and this year went hot pink, like in this screenshot.  I like pink a lot more then red anyway. :-)
I feel like she has so much more personality now, aside from the fact my hunter will finally be able to blink her eyes, there's so much more in this face than there was before.  She's got a more sultry look in her eyes, at the same time she's a bit more fierce as well.  Her tusks are actually in her mouth like tusks would be (I think) instead of taped to her upper lip.  Huge improvement!  Absolutely love it!

Here's the boys!



First off, they look improved, they don't look very different, but they definitely look better.
Second, something weird happened with the coloration of the pictures of the males when I re-posted them here.  So, go to Blizzard's official post to see it looking nicer, because I don't know what happened here, and I can't seem to fix it.
 The male has a much less blocky and pixelated look while still looking basically the same.  I think he looks great.

One thing I am hoping for with these model revamps, is more options.  More faces, more customizations, more hair styles!  Etc.
I'm not really looking for a million slider bar options like in Elder Scrolls games where you can customize basically every single feature, because that always takes me several hours just to make a character when I have all of that at my disposal.  But, you know, a couple more face options, a bunch more hair options, more skin shades...actually skin colors could use slider bars.  For people who like olive toned skin for their human character, for example, but maybe they want to be darker or lighter than the current olive toned skin shade available. 
But I'm happy with Blizz just doing updates to what's currently in the game, and then adding more options in later. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MoP Challenge Modes

So the Mists of Pandaria challenge modes, the EXTRA heroic, heroic versions of the 5 man MoP dungeons, will be going away with the pre-expansion patch for Warlords, and the rewards you get for doing them will be unobtainable forever.

Why, you ask?
Kind of like that time they removed the plagued and black protodrakes, from the meta achievements of the first raid dungeon in the Wrath expansion, they think the rewards will be too easy to get once the expansion is out.  Which, easier to get, yes they would be.  TOO easy is debatable since the dungeons reduce your item level upon entering, but, sure, whatever you say, Blizzard.

Now, one thing I like to do is "retro" raiding, to go back to those old dungeons, and get the cool stuff we just weren't quite "leet" enough to get when it was current content.
Basically by removing things like the plagued and black protodrakes, and now these dungeon mode rewards, Blizzard is catering to the "elite" and "hardcore" group of players.  The group of immature whiners that get upset that they aren't "special" anymore for having done things when they were relevant.  Give them some damn feat of strength achievements, then.  But otherwise, fuck those kids, I pay for this game, and I want access to all of that crap, too!  Getting it later is fine with me, not having a feat of strength achievement is fine, too.  But I'm an adult and I don't have the time to sit here, hours on end, mastering the dungeon in order to get the stuff when it's relevant.  By the way "relevant" means "current content" which also translates too "takes for fucking ever".  How long is the Garrosh fight at the end of the Siege of Orgrimmar raid?  Seriously, like 15 minutes?  Our group was dying to that fight in the last phase, so that's toward the end of those 15 minutes, which means wiping to Garrosh twice takes about half an hour, and that my friends, is a waste of my precious free time.  And when you're an adult, that free time is Precious.

Preeeeciousssss

The trouble with the "cater to the whiny little 'leet' kids" strategy is that this is not what they usually do....(which is good because if they removed every thing like that after it's not "relevant" content anymore, I would have quit playing WoW a long, long time ago).
For example, just, a couple months ago I got the Glory of the Cataclysm Raider.  The reward for this meta achievement being the drake of the East wind.  There are NUMEROUS other such meta achievements with mount rewards, most of them some sort of dragon, it seems.  So why did they decide to remove the reward from the very first set of raid meta achievements, because they'd be "too easy to get", and then proceed to allow ALL the rest of them to stay in the game, obtainable at any time you're bored and have some spare time?
I have no idea what the logic behind that is, actually.
Personally, I'm glad thus far that they don't normally remove these things, because as I mentioned, I PAY a monthly fee for this game, and if I'm not only paying for the game itself, but the subscription fee too, every, damn, month, I want access to ALL of the content.  I don't want to pay the same amount to play the game as everyone else does, and then NEVER be able to have all the same things the kids that play twenty hours a day get to have, because I am an adult with a JOB, and other things to do, like spending time with my boyfriend, taking care of my dogs, eating, showering, cleaning my house, fulfilling family and social obligations, etc.

I really, really wanted that damn plagued protodrake but the leaders of the group I was raiding with at the time didn't push people to do the achievements at all.  I don't even think they tried most of them until the mount was already unavailable.

So, I'm now killing myself, playing a lot more than I want too, doing things I don't really enjoy doing (farming) trying to work up enough gold to buy a carry through the challenge modes in order to get the mount and the gear for my warlock.  I will have NO gold saved up for the upcoming expansion, because if I don't do this NOW, and spend every single copper all my characters have put together, to get just one of them through a gold challenge mode run, I won't be able to get the Pandaren phoenix mounts or the challenge mode gear.  Which sucks, because I really like that mount, and I really like the warlock gear set, although I hate the hunter gear set, which is normal, I hate most of the hunter gear in the game.  I think I will only be able to get ONE of the mounts too, when I wish I could get them all.

World of Warcraft: New Tauren Female Models

My friend just asked about this one after I posted the male human and male draenei models.
The female tauren model update is here!!

Cow lady pics:



Sexy right?!
No.
Oh.
OK then....
Well I think she's cute!  But then again, I think real life cows are totally adorables, so, I probably would think she's cute.

This is SO CUTE... how can you NOT think is this is cute?! And the sheep is like, AH! MY EYE! It's sooo funny....why aren't you laughing?!

Alright so anyway, back to the tauren.
First of all, let me just say, I am not a fan of this brown color, so these screens don't make me want to play this race.  I don't actually play as any tauren characters as is, and if I did, I'd be a druid, and I'd definitely be .... not brown.  I'd be black.  Or white. But not brown.  This brown is like the brown leather purses I see everyone running around with.  NO.

She looks very....different.  I'm not sure any other race looks quite THIS different from the before and after screenshots.  I will say I will be glad to see some facial expressions, though.  Because as it is it's like she's dead.  Her face is just, frozen.  Like a walking taxidermied cow-zombie thing. Or maybe she's one of those Desperate Housewives and just had too much botox and now her face doesn't work.  But with the update, she'll be ALIVE!
Her hands got a down-size, so that's good.  I don't know why the HUGE hands that some of these races had bother me so much, but for some reason it's just super distracting to me.  Generally, unless you're Uma Thurman, women have much smaller hands than men.  Why is that?  I have no idea.  But I know this to be sorta-generally-true, and therefore it really annoys me when female characters have hands as big as their heads in video games.  This is a clear signal that a man designed this model.  Kinda like whenever there's a slider to scale how big the boobs are.  MEN DO THESE THINGS!  And it drives me...CRAZY!
I know, I over analyze.
I should be a modeler myself, and give all the girls nice girly hands.

I also feel like she was more....cow-ish, before?  So, this is an improvement because she's a little more humanized, I think.  I am almost positive that some people are going to hate this particular model update because of that, though.  I like it.  Although, I do think her face could be a bit more feminine.  Not really sure how I'd go about doing that, though, maybe it's in the nose.
Not that cows and bulls are very different in real life.  Cows are big animals, and bulls are bigger, hulkier versions of the same thing.

Not a lot of people really know a lot about bovine. 
Here's a link to brush up: http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-the-Difference-Between-Bulls,-Cows,-Steers-and-Heifers
I grew up in Texas, I know most of that already.  :-)


Even though I'm sure some people won't like this change, I think we should all be glad they didn't make her a some big boobed chick in a cow print bikini or dress.
That's a thing, btw:





Monday, July 21, 2014

World of Warcraft: New Human Male and Draenei Male Models

Oops.
I'm a bit late to the party on these, so I have to do two at once.  I've been busy dammit!
Anyway....
The new human male model and the new draenei male model
These guys are ripped.  Omg body builders for reals!  Is that what wearing heavy armor all day, running around constantly wielding heavy weaponry and shields does to a guy?  The draenei man's arms are so muscled that they don't even have wrists.  They're all veiny too.  I guess I never really looked at them before, since I play horde and all, but I didn't realize how muscled these guys are.  The draenei male seems to have been working out a LOT though, since he has much more defined ab muscles now than he did before.  The human male was pretty muscly before.

The huge difference is in the human male face.  He looks like a man now!  Not so much a beady eyed pixel that's supposed to be a face.

The human male looks a lot better than before.  But, I feel like these models, both of the human models specifically, don't look different enough.
I don't know why I think that.  It's like, the texture is a huge upgrade, but the shape of the character is the same.
I guess that's what they're going for?
They're still EXTREMELY gender dysmorphic, but again, I guess they wanted to just update the models so they were less blocky and slap a better texture on them.  The draenei model itself definitely looks very similar from it's before and after pics, basically the big difference is in the texture.  That's probably because the draenei, along with the blood elves, are newer than the original 8 races, so the model was a bit smoother.
The biggest difference in both races is the faces.  I think Blizzard has done quite a good job on making them look more realistic, although their body types are completely UNrealistic, but, it is a game, and I guess if men ran around wielding heavy weapons all day, they might be that muscled too.

So you know what this means, don't you?
This means the Alliance is almost DONE.  All that's left is male Night Elves I believe, unless they did show them and I missed it, and then after that the majority of the Horde races still need to be done.
Which kind of "grinds my gears" because I'm Horde and WTF.  When World of Warcraft originally came out, the LAST race they added was trolls.  That means they had Alliance done before Horde then, too.  I'll take this moment to remind everyone, my main character is a troll.  All my other characters?  Blood elves.  So of course I'm looking forward to those race updates the most, and I could start taking bets right now, that those two races, the females of each probably, will be the LAST ones they release updates for, since those are the ones I play.  Why do I think this?  Because Blizzard hates me.  I've been saying it for years, and maybe I'll make a separate post one day explaining why I've always said that, but I'm pretty sure they do sometimes.

Oh, and here's the pictures of the new human male and draenei male models. 

Human Male







Draenei Male





Sunday, July 6, 2014

Advertisements on Websites

Advertisements on websites annoy the fuck out of me.  My most extreme example of a website I used to go to regularly, like more than once a day, was the Examiner.  Then they started to put in some ads.  Then some more.  One day, there was a commercial playing, waaaaay at the bottom of the page.  I had to scroll all the way down and stop the video in order to be able to even read the article I was trying to read, because I just can't concentrate on anything if there are loud voices talking.  Then one day there was two videos playing, at the same time.  Then one day, my computer completely crashed just trying to load the website, because there was two to three LOUD videos playing, a silent video, and an advertisement that overtook my entire screen that was also a video of some sort video.  Boom.  Crash.

Now, maybe this is my fault somehow, because I don't have a brand new computer that's specifically geared to run multiple videos at the same time.  My computer is actually geared for playing video games, which is does rather well, so I'm not sure what the problem is.  Maybe my video driver is out of date.  But that doesn't change the fact that, in order to read the articles on the Examiner website that I want to read, I have to spend about five minutes turning off ads.  It's really just fucking annoying.

I know that these free websites have to make money somehow, but I don't understand why they think it has to be via some extremely loud advertisements that completely ruin my concentration and cause my computer to crash.  I seriously doubt I'm the only one who has this problem.  So I just have to stop going to the websites in question altogether.  Which would, reduce their income, I would think.  I'm the type of person that, if I think something is interesting or funny, I share it on facebook.  If I REALLY like it, I'll share it on twitter and instagram, too.  So, by making me want to avoid their website completely, they are getting less traffic than they would have if they'd just stuck with plastering banners and pictures all over the place.  I don't care about ads at all, as long as they aren't videos.

They other thing about this is, there's websites like Publisher's Clearing House, if you want to play their online games, or enter sweepstakes, or anything at all on their website, you get to watch a commercial in between.  This isn't so bad, it doesn't crash my computer since it's only one and it doesn't take over my entire screen.  But!  You can't mute them.  At all.  I have to turn my sound off to my entire computer in order to mute the videos.  I don't know why, but I feel like that sort of thing should be illegal.  They force you to listen to the damn videos, unless you go that extra mile and just switch off your speakers, like I do.  Which is ridiculous, this means I can't listen to my music or my video game sounds, or anything at all, while I'm hoping beyond hope I win a million dollars and can stop stressing about money so bad for a while.  Of course since I live in California, the money problems will never end, but that's not the point I'm making here.  The point is, these advertisements and commercials on websites have gotten completely out of control, and I'm sick of it.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Warlords of Draenor Beta Has Started!

The Warlords Beta has officially begun!
Well, like a week ago now, I've been busy, and writing is time consuming for me.
But, thank goodness. I was getting worried they'd never start it and push back the expansion release date even further.
I am more than excited, and relieved, to exclaim I got in!
YAAAAAAAAAY!
As I explained in the previous post, I am absolutely sick to death of Mists.
So, this is absolutely great, not only do I have WoW to play that I don't hate, but I get to beta test a new game which is something I love to do!

I have access to Invincible for some reason, so here's a screenshot of my troll hunter riding him, since this is probably the only time I'll ever get to ride this insanely cool mount.


See you in Draenor!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WHERE THE HELL IS WARLORDS?!

Seriously! Where. The HELL. IS IT?!
I am absolutely freaking sick of Mists of Pandaria.
SICK of it
I can't stand this expansion anymore, playing it makes my teeth hurt, I try to do things, anything for enjoyment in the game, but there's really not much that I enjoy in the game anymore.
I enjoy my little farm, and I like pet battles, and I've always enjoyed raiding with my guild.
Buuuuuuuut.......
The problem with those things is I'm doing them in Mists of Pandaria and I just haaaate it.
Haaaaaaaaaate!!!!!!!!!!!
I have played this game since release of vanilla WoW, hell, I was in closed beta for a while before it released, even.
I've played World of Warcraft for about a decade.
I obviously have always loved this game.  I think I took a month off once sometime in Burning Crusade, because I got a new job that exhausted me, and most of the time that I wasn't at work, was spent sleeping, and taking care of my dog, and the cat I had at the time.  (If you're worried about why I don't have the cat now, it's because he lives with my friend's mom now, and has for a few years.)

Even when I took that month off, I still logged in for 10 minutes every few days to say hi to my guildies, so I didn't cancel my account.
The only time I've really considered canceling my account, was in Cataclysm, because that expansion just sucked.  It was more of a rework of old world content than it was new content for max level.
I think the ill-fated game Star Wars, the Old Republic is a good indication of the fact that, in these massive multiplayer games, max level is everything!
The leveling experience in SWTOR was nothing short of amazing, it really was an awesome game.
But then we all hit max level, and there was nothing to do, but raid the same 1 or 2 raid dungeons, and run the same two groups of dailies every day.  There may have been three groups, I don't really remember.
Long story short, everyone quit, the game went free to play.

What saved Cataclysm for me, was the Firelands raid.  I don't know why, but I looooooved that raid.  We farmed it to death and I still enjoyed it.  I honestly feel that, as the raid leader (sort of, I'm not much of a leader in my opinion) my enthusiasm for the Firelands raid was what kept everyone else going, too.  When there's at least one person who's super excited to be playing the game with everyone, the feeling is catching.
But now I'm very agitated and grumpy about simply having to log in, and I feel like that rubs off on at least some of my fellow raiders, which isn't exactly setting us up for success.

In Mists there isn't really that super fun thing I can do over and over again.  I'm sick of the raids, the dailies, the zones, the cities, all of it.  The MUSIC!  I'm sick of the whole damn expansion, which is kind of sad for me because I really loved it at first.  But now, logging in feels like a literal waste of time.  Pair that with the fact that barely anyone from my guild is ever online anymore, probably because it's a waste of time for them as well, and I just don't want to log in at all.  There used to at LEAST be someone to talk too in-game, but not anymore.

What this all means is two things, for one, 5 level expansions need to be a thing of the past.  We run out of new things to do WAY too quickly, then they don't add enough content patches with REAL content, and this is when Blizzard loses subscriptions.  I honestly don't know why they thought it was going to be ok to do this for two expansions in a row, except to even things out to be able to go from 90 - 100 instead of 85 - 95.  But if that's the case....
We really needed Warlords to come out already.
Like, April would've been good.  Or even earlier than that.
There's no PVP zone boss to farm, unless I missed something.
It just feels like something is missing from the Mists end game, and I don't have anything left that I have any desire to do.
Sigh.
Hurry up Warlords!  Don't make me wait until December. :-(