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This Week In Warcraft: Episode 10!
2010/10/11 at 11:33 PM
Welcome back to Aliena's
This Week in Warcraft!
This week, Aliena covers tomorrow's 4.0.1 patch, Cataclysm contests, and more!
The Yearly Marmot
2010/10/06 at 5:35 PM
It's the one year anniversary of the Weekly Marmot (well, almost)! In an extra-long extended episode, I go over my history of gaming: how I got into gaming, what games I used to play, how I got into MMOs, and how I got involved with the World of Warcraft community. It's not exactly light viewing, so fix yourself some popcorn and settle in for the
nerdiest story ever told.
And don't worry -- we'll be right back to the regular old information-filled Weekly Marmot next week, for the Patch 4.0 Survival Guide!
ZAM and Gamebreaker Live at Game Developer's Conference Online!
2010/10/06 at 4:22 PM
Interested in what's going on in the MMO world?
Check out our live stream of the Game Developer's Conference in Austin! Mike B aka Fony is live-streaming the latest updates from Texas.
The Weekly Marmot - Guild Restructuring in Cataclysm
2010/10/02 at 2:18 AM
This week I answer a handful of great questions from a guy named Helbereth (aka Hellbreath) about a few of the challenges facing guilds -- both new and old -- in the transition period into 4.0 and Cataclysm. Is forming a new guild for Cataclysm a good idea? What kind of challenges will the "hardcore 10-man guild" face? How does this affect loot rules?
Also, don't forget to tune in for Episode 50 next week!
BFF Report - Warhammer Online Is The Next WoW Killer... Oh Wait..
2010/09/30 at 8:59 PM
We hear this from time to time about whatever various games are coming out, but nothing compared to when Warhammer and AoC were announced. For those that were around, it was a mad frenzy of long time tabletop Warhammer players that were on a hate spree in the forums. Now that the game is offering their 'Endless Free Trial', which allows players to experience some of the games features and level to Rank 10, I decided to give it a shot and see just how awesomazing this game was.
For those that don't know, WoW has managed to withstand the 'brutal loss' of its many subscribers to these various 'killers'. For the most part, I think we all agree that the only think that will bring down the game will be Blizzard themselves, or time. Besides those two factors, what single event/game/occurance, do
think will have the largest impact on the population? No, 2012 is not an answer.
Goblin Cinematic Posted on YouTube!
2010/09/30 at 2:46 PM
has managed to dig up the level 6 cinematic from the goblin starting zone, and posted it on YouTube!
OBVIOUS SPOILER ALERT: This video contains spoilers.
Remember, this is the video that takes place at level 6—after your goblin is fleeing the rapidly disintegrating Isle of Kezan. Enjoy!
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 8!
2010/09/29 at 7:03 PM
Aliena returns for another episode of
This Week In Warcraft
! This week we touch on the Tier 11 previews, New Tinkertown, the Account Recovery form on the Blizzard site, and some of Ghostcrawler's thoughts on talent trees.
The Weekly Marmot - Thinking Like a Designer
2010/09/23 at 1:21 AM
This week, I step back a little and examine game balance from a designer's perspective. What kind of thought process do they go through when they decide to make balance changes? What
they think about? And how does that differ from the ways in which players usually consider the game? How many times can my dog wander into the reflection on my poster in one episode? How ridiculously awful can a preview frame get?
Let's find out.
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 7!
2010/09/21 at 5:47 PM
Aliena is back with another episode of This Week In Warcraft!
This week we cover the removal of PowerPC Mac support, the Battle for Gilneas, Brewfest, and more!
Final Fantasy XIV, and I Didn't Even Have to Mention the Lack of Jump
2010/09/21 at 5:32 PM
I think I have just finished probably one the most controversial MMOs in recent history. You either hate this game or you love it, there is virtually no middle ground here. Also, their fans are not afraid to speak out against the "WoW Fanboys" citing the repeating caves as their sole defense for massive chunks of repeating terrain in the game's open world. There is no doubt that regardless of what anyone says, Final Fantasy XIV is going to be successful. Which is totally fine, but that certainly doesn't give it immunity from a BFF Report style ribbing.
WoW is always the game that defending fans of other titles associate their opposition with, what do you guys think of that? Especially after seeing this episode, do you think that WoW compares/is better/is dated?
Hit me up on
and let me know what you think. I'm out on vacation celebrating my annual old day. WOOOO!
The Weekly Marmot - Patch 4.0 Speculation
2010/09/16 at 3:34 PM
So this week, thanks to Blizzard's timely release of the Patch 4.0 PTR, I get to talk a bunch about how this whole process is going to work based on our experiences from previous expansions. What's the difference between Patch 4.0 and Cataclysm? What kind of release timeframes can we expect? And what's the deal with "Patch 4.0.3"? These exciting questions and more will be answered (or at least have decent guesses aimed towards them) in this week's Weekly Marmot.
One Rick to Roll Them All (aka BFF Report - LotRO)
2010/09/14 at 7:16 PM
I know what you're thinking, "Where the #@$% is my Final Fantasy XIV BFF Report?!" Unfortunately, there has been another delay in our age
and it will come out SOON. That's not to take away from Lord of the Rings Online, though. It recently went F2P and I wanted to get in there and see just how much crap I could find under it's protective Cloak of Tolkiencibility. I'm also dropping it early because next Tuesday is going to be FFXIV BFFR DDAY.
Mark your calendars. >:D
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