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Server Crashes

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In exciting website news, the server that this little blog lives on crashed a horrible death of massive server collapse. Thankfully, my host service (Dreamhost), was on the job and managed to somehow save all my data and get the site back up and running.

For a second there I pondered having to start afresh, but as you can see, no need for hysterics, everything is restored. Well technically I do have backups of a sort, nothing easy like one click install, but worst case I could rebuild a bunch, it would just take forever.

Turned out be quite well timed for me as I was down with the flu for the past week, which meant lots and lots of sleeping and very little of anything else. Oh, there was also some Animal Crossing, ok lots of Animal Crossing. ;)

Feeling much better today, finally after seven days. The site was fixed just in time.



Fantasy Football Update

Saturday, October 26th, 2013
My week 8 team. Note all the people on Bye. I dont forsee a win this week either. /sigh

My week 8 team. Note all the people on Bye. I dont forsee a win this week either. /sigh

No news in the case of Fantasy Football is not good news. The past five weeks have resulted in two wins and three losses, leaving my score mid season at 3 wins and 4 losses. My team is currently in 10th place (out of 12 /sob).

So not looking good. Part of the issue was that I stuck with Colin Kaepernick longer then I should have due to his amazing opening game. He has not been scoring anywhere near as high since that first game. I finally switched to Philip Rivers three weeks ago, who isn’t amazing, but at least he isn’t getting negative points.

My other weak point was my kicker. I didn’t even know kickers could get negative points. Well they can and he did and thus got traded. HA!

But probably my teams current biggest weakness is a serious lack of Wide Receivers who score decent points. This of course is not helped by Reggie Wayne messing up his knee last weekend and taking himself out for the rest of the season. He was my highest earning WR. Really how could he do this too me?!!?!? (I kid, I kid. I hope he recovers well. Knee injuries suck.)

Anyway my Fantasy Football season has been quite dissapointing. Ah well. I still have Animal Crossing New Leaf, they love me there. =P

The Week I Chose Poorly…

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

fantasy football yahoo week 2 results loss image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd i love gamingWeek two of Fantasy Football did not work out well for me. I might have started out strong, but my hand picked team of spandex wearing dudes did not perform as expected in week 2, especially a certain QB. ~cough~Kaepernick~cough~

Though I should probably take the blame for my abysmal loss in week 2 (yeah right, nothing in sports is ever the fan’s fault), I’m going to go ahead and blame the Seahawk’s Defense. Next time you play the 49rs, please don’t be so darn effective. =P

But Quarter Back wasn’t my only poor choice, every single Wide Receiver was a bad choice. Thankfully I swapped out my TE (as per suggestion) and he totally kicked ass, as did my Defensive player, Aldon Smith. Then again, he was almost the only good thing about the 49rs vs. Seahawks game anyway. <3 Aldon Smith!!

Now to find better WR for week 3. ~sigh~

Game Changers

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Getting back in the habit of writing is proving more difficult then anticipated. Six years of good habit, ruined by a few months of reckless abandonment. All my writing aspirations extinguished on the great bonfire of failure. Behold the end of my writing career. Oh World, how you have failed me!!!

At least my sense of the dramatic hasn’t left me. =D

Beyond the death of my writing skillz, my summer vacation created massive upheaval in my gaming habits. At one point I even thought I would take a break from gaming. ~gasp~ The horror!! Thankfully I came to my senses and after a short hiatus decided I simply needed a new gaming direction.

Finally canceling my World of Warcraft accounts is by far the biggest change. You heard me, as of August 2013 my WoW accounts are officially in the ‘not paying for it anymore’ category. After eight solid years of subscribing, it was time to part ways.

The husband had quit just a few months ago, and though I hung on to raid and collect pets, not playing with him certainly helped turn my burn out into permanence. Besides, I don’t miss it, just miss the people. =/

Puzzles and Dragons became my second victim on the chopping block. Considering that it is a free to play IOS game, it takes up waaaay to much time, energy, and money to play. Thus bye bye PnD. I really dont miss you at all.

Its amazing how much more time I have, just by cutting out those two games. Not that I am doing anything very productive. Animal Crossing New Leaf came out after all.

Saddest Game Scene goes to Puzzle and Dragons

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

A little while ago I finished the 30 Days of Video games, twice. Despite needing 60 different topics to write about, I threw out quite a few of the original list’s topics, including “Saddest Game Scene”. Frankly I thought it was a silly topic, mostly because I couldn’t come up with one single example. Well none that didn’t make me want to snort derisively anyway.

But Puzzle and Dragons changed all that. Puzzle and Dragons has officially become my choice for this tragic topic. Behold:

Only one egg can drop in each wave, so that king dragon there isn't going to drop for me.

Only one egg can drop in each wave, so that king dragon there isn’t going to drop for me.

What makes this even more tragic is that is happens ALL THE TIME!

Oh and I just found this lovely image of a Super Metal Dragon not dropping for me. This ones a keeper for sure.

Happens on Super Kings also.

Happens on Super Kings also.

Makes me cry every time.  QQ


Not Aprils Fools, really?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

April Fools Day online is great, because I get to observe without having to participate. Plus most of the online jokes tend to be funny and avoid being cruel. It also means that around mid march I start becoming suspicious of all news announcements that seems even a little strange.

Of course when April Fools Day does roll around and all the jokes are revealed, they inevitably only show up on the actual day and mysteriously vanish the next. I know this, yet still harbor a little bit of doubt, or maybe hope, each year.

Here are my top four “Let this be an April Fools joke” pieces of gaming news.

SimCity is most unplayable single player game of all time.

LucasArts gets Disneyed, I mean shut down.

Blizzard announces a card game….to play online. An online card game. Like Magic the gathering. Online. Still waiting for them to say this is a joke.

My World of Warcraft Warlock’s dps. Its a joke, sadly not relegated to April Fools Day only. Not news so much as QQ. >_<

As for ‘real’ April Fools, youTube was the clear 2013 winner. Best contest ever!

Any news items you think should have been an April Fools Joke or at least sounded like one?

Borderlands 2 Review (Xbox 360)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

When I find myself desperate for excuses to do anything but write a review, it’s usually because the subject matter ended up being rather disappointing. Borderlands 2 sadly falls into this category, as I have been struggling for weeks to come up with something praise worthy to write.

But I can’t let that stop me anymore, productivity must continue!! (Never give up, never surrender!!) With my house clean, laundry finished, caffeine and snacks at the ready, I am all out of excuses; its time to sit down and get this review done. Wait, what am I writing about again? Oh right Borderlands 2…hmm is that a spot over there that I missed dusting? Clearly my bout of Borderlands 2 induced ADD is persistent.

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For the record, I do enjoy raiding

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

It’s been pointed that I may have been a little overzealous in denigrating my current World of Pandacraft raiding experience. Thus I would like to clarify that I do quite enjoy raiding, really.

What I am struggling with the most, is that my character feels particularly ineffective right now and that my ability to change this is being hampered mainly by my unwillingness to run 400 daily quests a day. (Many gear upgrades no longer come from the actual raids, but are instead purchasable via valor and require faction.)

The recent 5.2 patch also managed to nerf Warlocks into the bottom ranks of dps. Though the change was to bring the very top tier of Warlocks more inline with other classes, the middling and lower level Warlocks (like me) end up bearing the brunt of the changes.

This also means that I have to go back to the drawing board and figure out a new talent and glyph spec. Mostly I rely on the internetz for this tedious task, but currently no one seems to agree on what is the best Warlock Affliction build.

I also get to dump mastery as a stat, which I have been gearing for, and am supposed to instead aim for haste. Knowing me and how slow I am to accumulate new gear, I might just be able to hit the haste cap in time for the next big Warlock nerf.

Maybe I should just level a monk. Viva la Raid!

Diablo 3 Review

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This must have been an incredibly difficult game to make. What a challenge to create a sequel to Diablo and Diablo 2, two of the most influential Action RPGs of our time. I do not envy them this task; especially considering the original development team was let go. It seems a rather unfair burden to place on an entirely new team.

No wonder the game was so long in development. Between the team changes and the restarts this caused, they probably could have released three games. But then this is Blizzard, which is notoriously slow; two is probably a better estimate. All things considered, I think the team did an incredible job. They released a fairly polished product after all; I just don’t think they made a Diablo Game.

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New {Years} Computer

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

New Years Eve at our house has evolved into an almost forgotten holiday and thus tends to be a quite affair. Having done the whole crazy, drunk, excessive, crowded party plenty of times, I find myself quite happy to leave it all behind for some snuggling and champagne. (Really! The idea of being sandwiched in amongst thousands of drunk, sweaty bodies is singularly unappealing.)

This year I took advantage of the guaranteed quiet evening at home and built myself a new computer.

For anyone who hasn’t kept up with my sporadic posting, my husband built himself a new computer as an anniversary present. And though I claimed that I would wait for a new computer until our next anniversary (I tried to wait, I really did!), I only made it as far as the New Year.


Day 54 – Finish a game or not?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

In general my tolerance for crappy games is rather low. The notion that I have to play a game for twenty plus hours before the fun part begins is quite intolerable. There has to be something redeeming or fun about the experience for me to continue.

I also prefer for the game to not be excessively difficult. Dying repeatedly in the first five minutes is not fun. Or making the game so complicated that it requires hours of studying before being able to play the game effectively is also not fun.

It really comes down to the fact that I have a limited amount of time to play games; I do not want to waste it on games that aren’t fun.

But I will say that writing reviews has definitely extended my patience and encouraged me to play games far past my usual point of abandonment.

Even so I rarely finish games that I don’t love, especially games that are really long. It is far easier to simply move onto a new game, because if it isn’t a game I really like, I have no incentive to play all the way to the end.

Day 51 – Game you love to hate, don’t get, wonder why anyone would buy

Friday, December 21st, 2012

deer hunter deer sighting screen shot image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geekDeer Hunter! What is up with this game? Why is it so darn popular? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

There have been over twenty Deer Hunter games made in the past fifteen years, spanning various platforms. Its wide spread success has spawned other hunting simulation games, such as Bird Hunter, Carnivores, and Trophy Hunter.

Seriously, what about shooting Bambie is fun?

Day 39 – Achievements, to get or not to get

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

In general Achievements are something I avoid actively pursuing. This also goes for trophies or any other sort of meta marker that game companies come up with. The only exception I have found thus far is World of Warcraft.

To me, achievements are essentially random non story line activities (aka errands) that help extend the amusement of the game. Which makes perfect sense in a MMORPG setting, as the entire purpose of the game is get the player to come back forever more, wasting years of their lives away. It doesn’t matter if the achievements are as asinine as ‘carry four specific potatoes around the world, then cook up a batch of fries, and hand one to each playable race in the game’ because someone out there will have a good time doing it. People always need more to do.

But when it comes to non-persistent games, like Mass Effect+, Diablo+, Portal+, Halo+, etc, I just don’t have any interest in pursuing mostly idiotic goals for a few measly achievement points. Maybe if I felt a strong urge to replay games, this would be different, but as it stands I’m mostly a single play through sort of gal. I really appreciate that some games end.

The other fault with the system is that since developers design achievements and trophies, there is no standard for determining difficulty. In one game three achievements might take forty hours of game time, yet in another game three achievements might be unlocked in the first five minutes. This lack of uniformity makes achievement points an incredibly inaccurate form of measurement. And just like all systems that try to narrow the human experience down to a number, this score fails to accurately represent any gaming experience. So I mostly just ignore it.

Strangely enough, this lack of achievement consistency has resulted in a meta game where people play games solely for the purpose of achievement mining. They literally pick the game not for fun or interest, but only for the ease of gaining achievements so they can boost up their total achievement score as fast as possible.

Not that this is bad in any way; we all find amusement in different things. But my fun is had by simply playing games to enjoy them. The time I spend playing a game is a much better indicator of how much I like it.

There you go! That was a rather long winded way of saying that I sometimes go after achievements in World of Warcraft, but otherwise all the achievements I have are unintentional.

Guild Wars 2 Account Hacked

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Right before Halloween, after taking a little WoW break from Guild Wars 2, I decided to log in again and maybe do some fun Halloween events. Well, my email was rejected for no apparent reason. So I emailed costumer service at ArenaNet saying that I couldn’t log in to my account. They got back to me a day later saying that my issue had been passed on to another department and someone would get in touch with me soon.

Then silence for a month. A whole month!! I really should have complained sooner and not waited, but I’m busy and they did say they would get back to me.  I finally emailed them yesterday. Though I tried to be polite, the month long silence made it difficult. But they came through and as of today have restored my account.

Turns out it was hacked. Well, I assume that’s what it means, since  I now have to verify my email EVERY time I log in, bonus hardcore security measures. Also my level 5 hunter is now level 80.

It could of course be that the ArenaNet people felt really bad for me that they left me hanging for so long and bumped my character up to max level. Yeah, probably not.

I will say that it is really strange having a maxed out character that I have hardly played. Having not invested much more then picking the character’s name, gives me very little connection to it, not only in how to play, but also in familiarity. And knowing that someone else invested time and energy to level, actually makes me feel a little bad. I’m not sorry that I  have my account back, but I am rather sorry for all the time that was lost by someone out there.

My Mesmer thankfully was left alone! Still level 28 with all her gear. She always was my main and I really enjoyed exploring the world with her.

So thank you Hacker for not deleting or screwing up my characters, for not messing with the guild, for not selling all my stuff. Hope you had a good time playing your free version of Guild Wars 2, time to buy your own copy.

MMO Update

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

In an effort to curb my excessive World of Warcraft focus, I have recently tried to return to some of my previous MMOrpgs, like Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars the Old Republic. It hasn’t been the most successful distraction of all time, but its not entirely my fault.

Guild Wars 2, I tried to log in about ten days ago and found that it wasn’t recognizing my email address. Sent in a request for information via email and have yet to hear back from them. TEN days! Nothing. I still can’t log in, I have no idea why, but I’m getting rather pissy about it.

In the mean time I thought, oh I can boot up my old Star Wars the Old Republic account and see whats happening there. Due to my inactivity, there was a rather massive patch when I finally logged in again. Not only did it take forever to download, but it hard locked my computer twice.

Which means, though I had the best of intentions, I haven’t actually played any other MMO but WoW.

As for World of Warcraft, since I can’t successfuly replace it, lots of time has been spent working on my warlock. Turns out the end game (things to do after you hit max level) mostly revolve around daily quests. Not my favorite thing in the world, but I’m hoping that after I gear her up, I can ignore the daily quests from then on out.

Plus side is that this expansion seems to be the rise of Warlocks. Currently they are one of the highest ranked dps classes and they got a fancy new epic quest this expansion. Yup, already started it!

Short of it, World of Warcraft Wins.