[Misc] Picking A Laptop

November 5, 2011

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My laptop is over four years old. Though I respect its valiant efforts to break 15 fps in League of Legends and run World of Warcraft at minimum settings, it's almost time to turn it off for good.

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[WoW] Out-of-Game Factions

November 4, 2011

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As seasoned roleplayers and PvP veterans can tell you, faction conflict can be an even greater source of motivation than rallying against the end of the world. The upcoming return of focus to Horde-Alliance warfare in Mists of Pandaria could see this fervor spread throughout the general population, most of whom have lived their end-game experience based out of Shattrath, Dalaran, and the LFD. Will this in-game surge of war be powerful enough to reach into other areas of players' lives?

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[WoW] Mage Ability Flow in MoP

October 29, 2011

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During Blizzcon's Talent panel, mages were cited as the class whose current design best fits the new talent system. The proposed talents for mages were almost entirely familiar abilities which sorted themselves nicely into Blizzard's new tier design, backing up their official statement. At the same time, with many of our familiar abilities simply transitioned into the new system, we'll have more gaps than other classes in terms of spells learned through the leveling process.

Posted in: WoW

[LoL] Creating Community Tools

October 27, 2011

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As the follow-up to my previous article, Does LoL Have Hardcores?, today I'll be discussing a few features Riot could add to League of Legends to create unity, competition, recognition, and ultimately a sense of community within its player base.

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[LoL] Does LoL have Hardcores?

October 25, 2011

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As a League of Legends player with a 3-year background in World of Warcraft, I was accustomed to the general idea that the visible player population of a game can be dichotomized into casual and hardcore. A few months into my League career, I've noticed that my experience doesn't reflect any such division.

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[WoW] Unresolved Cataclysm Lore

October 22, 2011

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My primary concern with Mists of Pandaria is that a return to faction conflict as a substitute for an iconic enemy and an overall lighter design theme indicates that Cataclysm's open-ended plotlines will remain unresolved. As opposed to other long-standing mysteries, many of Cataclysm's stories are extremely pressing.

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[WoW] Fixing the Tank Role: eDPS

October 20, 2011

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Blizzard has enacted various strategies to improve the attractiveness of the tanking role, from providing incentives to easing the gearing process to simplifying the mechanics. None of these have fixed the tank shortage. This is one of a series of installments pondering viable replacements and supplements for tanking in WoW. Today's suggestion is "Environmental DPS", or eDPS for short.

Posted in: WoW