August in Review August 31, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online, Month in Review, World of Warcraft.
I took down the MMO Blog RSS feed in the side bar earlier this month. Bhagpuss had been wondering why he was getting strange ping backs from my blog on his posts a while back. Then, earlier this month, a couple of other people noted the same thing. All of them had blogs hosted on Blogger, so there appeared to be some strange interaction going on. The only thing I could come up with was the RSS feed, so I removed it lest anybody get more upset.
Which is a bummer, because I liked the feature when it worked. So I am still looking for a WordPress.com compatible solution on that front. My response to this change was to put a few more blogs into my blog roll. Welcome to obscurity. Nobody clicks on that. I am working on a new feed option. It is down at the bottom of the side bar. But it needs some tuning as I am trying to combine multiple feeds that don’t quite follow the same pattern.
Meanwhile WordPress.com, no doubt feeling the sting from my lack of complaints about them recently, decided to implement a new editor for posts.
At first peek it was awful.
It was very slow to load, it was very small and didn’t resize, and it rearranged most of the controls, hiding many in nested menus. Nested menus may be my least favorite control scheme ever.
Of course, they have billed this as a “better” editor, where better is apparently defined as “better at pissing me off.” It is a classic example of not understanding the difference between “new” and “better,” as the new editor is objectively worse than the old one in some very important ways. Fortunately, they do let you revert back to the old editor for now, though they “forget” that preference a couple of times a day, so I am greeted by the 10 second loading graphic. 10 seconds turns out to be exactly the amount of time it takes such a graphic to make me swear aloud.
They are working on it. Every day or two when it comes up, they have tweaked something. For example, the edit window no long feels as narrow as a 40 column monitor, and the controls have starting to get moved to where they were in the old editor, which makes you wonder what justifies the new one. But I mostly object to the idea that the whole thing was in any fit state to shove in front of a live audience. Or did somebody at WordPress.com really think that going with a very narrow editor was the wave of the future? (They probably thought it looked great on their phone and pushed the code.)
And, finally, I reverted the site theme back to the format that it has been in for nearly 8 years. I remain in search of a better alternative. I liked the some of the other themes I tried, but not enough to stick with them. Life goes on.
One Year Ago
I wrote about the hunter class in WoW, and how things used to work in the old days.
We were trying to do something in Neverwinter.
We had the big EverQuest Next announcement, which I summarized with two pictures. A lot of people were blogging about SOE’s big new MMO plan. Cyanbane even put up a site dedicated to tracking EverQuest Next news. But I wondered, given SOE history, if they could keep the excitement going. No they could not.
All that talk by SOE about voxels reminded me of NovaLogic’s Delta Force series of shooters. So I went back and played the original.
And in EVE Online, the war in Fountain petered out a we took TEST’s last system in the region and began deploying to Delve. We’re always in Delve during the summer. The CFC changed long standing policy and created the Greater Western Co-Prosperity Sphere in order to rent space in null sec. We were also being encouraged to train for dreadnaughts. And I also wondered who had the longest standing sovereignty claim in null sec, along with other bits of space trivia, including dumb ways to die.
And finally there was the Star Citizen Propaganda Video of Strongly Beating Spirit. Is Star Citizen a thing yet?
Five Years Ago
The Matrix Online (MxO for those in the know) was shut down by SOE that August. Planetside is still around though! For now.
Bruce Everiss was getting sued for libel by the makers of Envoy. That was eventually worked though this past March. Enovy, LLC dropped their suit, but not before causing Mr. Everiss much pain and hamstringing his desire to be as forthright in the future.
Somebody was granted a patent for something that sounded a lot like podcasting. How did that ever turn out? Oh, wait, like this. Turns out podcasting doesn’t make any money, even for Adam Corolla, so trolling with that particular patent is a losing proposition.
That Wii Bowling Ball made another appearance. Still no know deaths attributed to it.
I was wondering what genre our post apocalyptic future really was. People assume it is Science Fiction. Is it?
On the Blizzard front, we learned that we were not going to get StarCraft II for Christmas. I still don’t own a copy yet.
There was a lot of speculation before BlizzCon about the next WoW expansion. My guesses were far off the mark.
I also tried to draw parallels between 2004 and 2009.
I actually posted the results of that cheating poll I had set up. I generally mean to post the results of these sorts of things, but somehow I usually don’t get around to it.
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Our epic game of Civ V finally came to and end. After fourteen sessions totaling to probably more than 40 hours of play, we might be done with Sid Meier and his games for a while now. That includes Civilzation: Bey0nd Earth, which I expect will follow in the grand tradition of Civ games and launch in a barely playable state, only to be fixed months down the road. This will be the first official Civ game I haven’t purchased at the earliest opportunity since the original Civilization.
The Delve deployment has kept going, but after some promising events early in the month, it has devolved to chasing people around like a game of interstellar cops and robbers. Another bug hunt. The Battlements Coalition looked like it might gel into something, but hasn’t exactly changed the scenery. The members of it that were shooting us before, kept shooting us, while those who had not been did not look all that enthusiastic to start. Meanwhile, the pile of random suggestions for how to “fix” null sec (which ranged from making it more fun to punishing those who have the temerity to organize) seems to have tapered off. That SomerBlink thing must have distracted everybody.
I have started preparing for a potential run at the National Pokedex when Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire come out in November by tracking down various Pokemon in Pokemon X & Y. But what I really need to do is finish Pokemon Black and White so I can move some of the hard fought or otherwise rare Pokemon I have collected over the years. If I could get the bridge from Pokemon White to Pokemon Y going, I could funnel in Pokemon from as far back as Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen or further.
World of Warcraft
The instance group has been on summer hiatus for all of August. People have been traveling and such, so no further instances have been run in Pandaria. We still have enough time to finish them out before Warlords of Draenor though. And with school starting, the days getting shorter, and the weather cooling off, we will likely find ourselves in Azeroth. Meanwhile, I have been puttering along with my run for the Loremaster achievement in Outland.
You would think that after an SOE Live event I would find some time for some flavor of EverQuest or another, but I am not really feeling it.
I am also not really feeling it in EVE Online lately. Random roams to try and catch people on gates or what not are not a big draw.
In Azeroth, more zones are waiting for me in my Loremaster quest, while it seems likely that the instance group will return at some point during the month.
With Civilization off the table for the strategy group for now, we move to our next game: Total War – Rome II. I foresee comedy.
I should probably do some sort of wrap-up about Blaugust, now that we have arrived at its end, at least to congratulate those who managed a post a day in August.
And after so many announcements and such during normally quiet August, I am not sure what is left for September. Things like Destiny or The Sims 4 just don’t interest me. What is coming up?