Friday, February 27, 2015

Live Long and Prosper...

Today the world mourns.
The world lost a great man today.
Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy.


For those who are interested, here's some things I found....

Leonard Nimoy's last tweet from last Sunday.
https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/569762773204217857

Spock's death and funeral from Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVIt0DYKssI

 Leonard Nimoy's The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU

Leonard's Nimoy's Hollywood star with a single rose placed on it.
Note: this is customary in Hospice, when a patient passes, a rose is placed on the door to the room they inhabited.

And last and probably least interesting....me, sadly giving the Vulcan Salute.
(It's very hard to take a selfie while doing this, btw.)


Live Long and Prosper, friends.
~Vaz



World of Warcraft: FINALLY! New Blood Elf Models!

I'm a little late on this one, as they were previewed a long time ago and they were on the PTR for a while but....THE NEW BELF MODELS ARE FINALLY HERE!



These are the preview screenshots Blizzard uploaded a while back.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WoW Insider Logging Off?

Yesterday, marks the end of an era.
One of the most popular World of Warcraft sites is going down, the staff having been fired/laid off, or whatever you want to call it, by AOL.
Good bye WoW Insider, you will be missed.
/salute
/farewell

http://wow.joystiq.com/2015/01/30/wow-insider-is-logging-off/

I started following WoW Insider in it's beginnings, not long after the original World of Warcraft was released.  I used to follow Scattered Shots religiously, even emailing Frostheim a few times and getting a response!  That made my year. :-)
Scattered Shots and the other class columns were crucial for players who wanted to be their best.
WoW Insider will be sorely missed, but here's hoping that they get more than enough support that they need to carry on with the next project, Blizzard Watch. :-)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Warlords of Draenor Beta Ends

The beta servers for Warlords of Draenor went down for good today.
Between extreme lag that caused me to not be able to res after being one-shot by the bosses, and other baddies, that were dropped in front of the Orgrimmar gates, and getting disconnected every few minutes, I didn't get many screenshots or videos.
I did get some, however, and you can view that here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l008vibVOrY&list=UUPE9LRRGJQnQWsijv--kYVA

I thought I was pretty lucky to get video of the servers last seconds, because there was sooo many people there, as you can see.
It was total chaos.
Good times!
While I am a bit sad, it was fun, and I'm looking forward to Warlords going live.
If I hadn't gotten into the beta and got a chance to see the amazing content that is in store for us, I might have quit since I'm sooo sick of Mists, lol.

I sincerely hope I get to be a part of the next beta or even alpha test.
Thank you to Blizzard, for allowing me to be a part of the WoD beta. <3

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Great Rush of Patch 6.0

Well, the patch is right around the corner! Tomorrow is paaaaaaaatch daaaaaay!!!
I was looking forward to it, until.......
I read this article: http://www.wowhead.com/news=242815/preparing-for-6-0-guide-to-removed-mounts-pets-transmog-gear-titles-achievements#spells

Now, I am not looking forward to the patch landing tomorrow.

In the past couple of days I've had to cram as much WoW time as I could stand to get things done in the game I hadn't finished yet.
I've gotten to rank 8 in the Brawler's Guild and gotten stuck on Hexos for two days, after 100+ deaths (I am unfortunately not exaggerating) I finally got him!  I got stuck on Ahoo'ru, but got him after a few tries.
I managed to kill Garrosh with a semi-PuG group, which was awesome, let me tell you.
I finally got gold in the dps category of the proving grounds, but have not been able to get silver in a different spec or do endless.
After 12 hours of questing I managed to get the Thundering Serpent Hatchling by making a Death Knight character on another server, and joining a guild that had the pet from the challenge mode achievement.
I'm fairly certain that I am not going to be able to get those treasure room scenario achievements done on the Thundering Isle, since I have just a couple of keys left, and they won't drop anymore.
Thank GOODNESS I had spent so much gold to get the challenge modes done on gold with my warlock before I was out of town, worth it.

I don't understand why they're removing SO many things.
But what really sucks is they gave us only a 5 day warning to get all this crap finished.
Sure, they implied that the patch would land "in two weeks at the earliest" but that's not really the same as announcing it.

I probably would have had all this stuff finished by now if I hadn't been out of town for a month and a half, with an old laptop that can't run WoW.  I guess that's not Blizzard's fault, though.

I find it extremely disappointing that Blizzard has decided to cater to the "elite" group of little kids that play this game 24 hours a day, probably sharing an account between friends/family.

And the guys like this....

Those are the people that quit WoW as soon as the next professed "WoW kller" game comes out.  They inevitably do come back, unfortunately.
But for those of us who are adults with jobs and lives and social obligations, we just straight up get the shaft.  You've been a casual player of World of Warcraft for 10 years and NEVER canceled your account?  Yeah, well, fuck you.

A big part of it for a lot of people is, those things just weren't interesting enough to do when they first came out. Take me, for example, by then I was already sick of MoP, and I know quite a few other people were, too.
I think MoP will go down in WoW history as the worst expansion ever, because as much as I hated Cataclysm, at least I enjoyed Firelands and the second half of the Dragon Soul (I hated the first half of that place, though).  So that actually got kept me playing at the time.  I will go on in a separate post about why I hate MoP so much.

I think the removal of such a large amount of things and achievements is unfair to the casual player.  One thing I have always enjoyed about this game is going back to do old content at higher levels to get the things I wasn't able to get when it was current, because myself and my guild have never been "hardcore".  I actually find it quite fun to go back and pwn things. Haha

Anyway, this whole thing has kind of soured my enjoyment of the game and completely obliterated my excitement for the patch, since I've had to dedicate every waking moment to playing WoW and only playing WoW the last couple of days.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's October! And You Know What That Means....Hallow's End!

October is my favorite month out of the year.
Why, you ask?
Well, for one, Fall, my favorite season, where everything is cooling down and turning orange, and there's piles of leaves everywhere for my dogs to fling themselves into.


I wish I could pile them up this high for them to do this.
That guy's laughter absolutely cracks me up.

Then there's Halloween!  My favorite holiday! I love all that is black, purple, orange and creepy.
That brings us to the WoW holiday event equivalent, Hallow's End, which is great and awesome, and I love it.
I've had my Headless Horseman's mount for a while.

One of my favorite mounts in the game!

I have every achievement on my hunter, but sometimes I do the event on alts, just because I like this one, I think it's a lot of fun.  Making your character eat too much candy and throw up everywhere is pretty hilarious.  Although this year I may have to try that on the beta so I can see what kind of facial expression my troll makes when she pukes.  Hahaha!
Hallow's End will start the 18th and end Nov. 1st.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Slenderman: The Arrival - My Review

So, my little sister, (her name shall be Little Sister henceforth in my blog posts, not to be confused with the Little Sister in Bioshock...) talked me in to playing Slenderman: The Arrival.

OH MY GOD!

OK, so first of all, the graphics are decent, much better than the original free download you could get off the website.  Probably not anything that's going to murder your computer, but I haven't played the computer version yet, I played it on Little Sister's Xbox.

Game play was simple, just run away, pick up things, close doors and windows, whatever, and sometimes shine your flashlight at things.

BUT MOSTLY RUN AWAY!!

This was the scariest, most stressful game I have ever played, and I raided Molten Core at level during Vanilla World of Warcraft.

The intimidated feeling you get running through the woods, the downright TERRIFYING maze of the underground mines.
I LITERALLY felt like I was going to have a heart attack, I'm not even joking or being hyperbolic about that.
I had to take breaks from playing, because my chest was hurting and my hands went numb from gripping the controller.  I'm positive I would've broken the keyboard if I'd been on my computer.

I played it from beginning to end, twice.

This game is great!

You can download it from steam or amazon, and probably other sites too, right now it's $9.99.
Amazon download
Steam download

I have not been payed by the makers of Slenderman: The Arrival, or anyone else to write this review. I just really liked this game, I'll probably be buying my own copy soon. :-)

*Note*
I know Slenderman is a sensitive subject for many people, as some misguided children have actually committed horrific crimes, such as murder, after reading the stories about Slenderman on the creepypasta website.
I am in no way condoning their actions, what they did was terrible and wrong.
However, I do not know these stories on creepypasta, I have not read them, I don't know what they say. What I do know is that the game and the original story of Slenderman have nothing to do with fan fiction written on creepypasta.  If the girls had stuck to just playing the game, they wouldn't have committed these crimes under the guise of doing it for Slenderman.
I do believe that people who are so mentally unbalanced would have found ANY reason to do these horrible things, whether it was for Slenderman, or rock music, or the spec on the wall that talks to them at night.