What’s This?!

Well over a year ago I let my World of Warcraft account lapse. I just wasn’t playing all that much. Wrath of the Lich King wasn’t a hit with me. Wasn’t a flop, either. But it was just, sub-average. I may have been suffering from burnout as well. Two nights ago the strangest thing happened. I was beating up mobs in the Cretan Labyrinth in Atlantica Online and had a strong desire to revisit WoW. Just a few dungeons that I missed. Not strong enough for me to actually reactivate. But, there ya go. A twing of desire after 12 or so months.

Dropping XFire for Raptr.

After oh, a year or so of using XFire I am dropping it in favor of Raptr.  There were several reasons for this, but only one major reason:

  • XFire is PC only.  Raptr can import from XBox Live, PS3 and XFire.  End result, a much more comprehensive view of your gaming.

If I am tracking my gaming stats I want to see ’em all.  Besides, this goes a long way in convincing people that I really do own an XBox360 and I really don’t game on it all that much.

For those who care here’s my Raptr Profile.

Two Games, One System

Nono, nothing gross.  Recently two games have come out into the sparse MMOFPS genre.  Both promise limited team sizes with skill-based matchmaking.  Matchmaking in these games isn’t about making it so you win all the time, or most of the time.  No, it is about pitting you against people of near equal skill.  The goal is, really, to have you win (or lose) about 50% of the time.  That means you are often pitted against people who are at or about your skill level and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

However while it generally works in one it almost always does not work in the other.  So here a quick look at why matchmaking in Global Agenda (GA) generally works and why matchmaking in All Points Bulletin (APB) will generally fail. Continue reading

My Lackluster Reaction to SWTOR News

I am a Star Wars geek.  Star Wars, at one time, was my baby sitter.  Well, figuratively at least.  I was born in 1973 and according to my parents saw the original 1977 film 17 times.  That’s a lot of theater time for a 4 year old.  I don’t collect original figures in their package and I don’t read every Star Wars book that comes out; though Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn and Kevin J. Anderson have gotten copious amounts of book sales off of me.  Oh, for the record, Han shot first and Lucas needs to keep his paws off.  So with all that Star Wars geekness running through my veins do I find the upcoming Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR), as a lackluster event?

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