WordPress.com continues to try to improve by doing things that just set my teeth on edge.
The redid the UI recently. They have gone to an all “hover over and pop-up” menu system for the admin page side bar, so when I push the mouse out of the way of what I am typing, I seem to be prone to bringing up menus which proceed to get in the way of what I am typing. I just like menus that activate when you click on them, not menus that eagerly jump up just because the cursor showed up in their neighborhood.
And then they removed the link at the top of the admin pages that brings you to the main page of your blog. This is, of course, one of the things on the admin page I used to use all the time, popping between the admin page and the actual blog front page. It isn’t gone completely, it is just in the third level of one of those little pop-up menus.
Finally, they did a very nice little year in review link for blogs. You can see a version of it at my other site. Unfortunately, the one for this site is… well… wrong. (If you are a bit clever, you can figure out how to see it by looking at the other one I just linked.) It includes a batch of bad data from a couple of months ago when they screwed up (or fixed, as one story went) how they count page views.
Ah well, the theme of the modern age seems to be progress without reason.
Or maybe I’m just getting more cranky in my old age.
One Year Ago
Last December I had my all-time most popular post, Talking Cats Playing Pattycake! You can thank me for not taking the hint and going all talking cats, all the time. Or hate me for not doing that. Take your pick. And We Didn’t Start the Fire? Nothing.
But I still have kitty pictures. Awww.
I still think that if you label a window “Currency” it ought to show all your currency, not just the odd-ball stuff.
I was still feeling the sting of ThinkGeek teasing us with the iCade at April Fools, all the more so because some pretenders were on the scene.
Turbine was giving away 10,000 Turbine Points, which comes out to real, and possibly taxable, value in real world dollars. The comments on the post were obviously not from tax professionals.
I visited EverQuest for long enough to find a house. And then I was out of money.
In EverQuest II they were starting the run up to vampires.
And I summed up what we knew about The Agency to that point… which was bupkiss.
In World of Warcraft, Cataclysm launched. If you weren’t in the beta, there were still scams promising to get you in. There was the digital pre-order, which worked for me. And one final hardware upgrade we needed at our house before the expansion launched. And then there was picking a new character for the re-rolled instance group in Azeroth.
The U.S. release date for Pokemon Black and White was announced at last.
And I wrote something that looked sort of like a review of Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw’s book “Mogworld.”
Five Years Ago
My daughter and I were chasing Rudolph across the Frostfell zone in EQ2. We did that again this year.
Digg starting listing podcasts and there was a call to help Digg some of the MMO related podcasts. Some podcasts went up in Diggs since then, others… well… and that has all fallen by the wayside since then. Hey, at least Fear the Boot is still podcasting!
Podcast Diggs Dec 06 Dec 07 EQ2-Daily 21 21 Fear the Boot 33 80 Massively Online Gamer 32 200 VirginWorlds 27 191
The Commonlands in EverQuest got a make over. The two zones also got combined into a single zone.
I compared the Butcherblock chessboard in EQ and EQ2
I correctly predicted the venue for that year’s EQ2 expansion, Kunark, which I will never let anybody forget.
And the instance group did Gnomeregan and started in on Scarlet Monestary.
Oh, and I had a Christmas story from 1977.
New Linking Blogs
I would like to thank the following site for linking here.
- Cryobatus @ EVE
- To Game For Life (The Return of MRRX)
Please take a moment to visit them in return.
Most Viewed Posts in December
- And Now I REALLY Want That SWTOR Authenticator
- How to Catch Zorua and Zoroark
- What I Saw at the End of the Galaxy
- Hulkageddon V: Unholy Union – Coming Soon
- Play On: Guild Name Generator
- To Soar with Titans, To Sow Destruction!
- Victini Available for Download Again Through Dec. 31
- LEGO Lord of the Rings: The Video Game – It Could Happen
- Three Generations of the Caldari Navy Issue Raven
- Lord British: About Tabula Rasa… and Ultima 8…
- Running Civilization II on Windows 7 64-bit
- Deklein Will be Rid of Goons by February
The Top Search Terms for 2011
It is always humbling to see that most of my search engine traffic comes from interest in Pokemon, the SF Giants logo, elf porn, and from people who are probably trying to make home made bombs with triaminoguanidine nitrate (the shortened form of which is “tagn”).
- world of warcraft
- how to catch zorua
- how to get zoroark
- blood elf porn
- pokemon black download
- how to catch zoroark
I am not sure how people get here via the search term “world of warcraft.” I am on something like page 97 of the results for that… even for images.
I was hoping I could sum up with stats from Raptr to list out my most played games for 2011, but there are some issues with that. To start with, Raptr doesn’t always seem to catch when certain games launch. Rift and EVE Online do not always get counted.
Second, while Raptr will tell me what games I played the most over the last week and the last month, it then jumps straight over the previous year and goes straight to all time most played. You would think that a service like Raptr, which to be honest is totally unnecessary to the gaming experience, would feed a few more stats your way. The only reasons I can see for using Raptr is to track you own gaming time and see what your friends are playing. The community aspects of their site do not do much for me, as I don’t really need yet another Facebook alternative to ignore.
Anyway, I started using Raptr in October of 2010, so my all time stats are almost good for the past year. And so, without further complaint, the list is:
- EverQuest II Extended (which no longer exists!)
- World of Warcraft (I guess I played a lot when Cata shipped)
- Lord of the Rings Online (Got to Moria!)
- EverQuest (Fippy Darkpaw fun!)
- Rift (Current home of the instance group)
- EVE Online (It never logs you out)
- Civilization V (as always, just one more turn)
Maybe Raptr will give us access to more stats before 2012.
I came back to EVE for the graphics update, but stayed for 0.0 space. We will see how long that lasts. I have been trying to get involved, but I can only play so much so I am not sure if the corp will be interested in keeping me around.
I have also yet to get to the riches of null sec. Even with Gaff fronting me a ship and some expensive fittings, I am down a good 400 million ISK on the venture so far. Gotta make some ISK at some point or I will be space broke in a month at this rate.
But it is a different world out in 0.0 and I am out there to see new things. So far that has been a success.
The instance group has been off doing things for the holidays, so we have not been playing much Rift. I did some of the Fae Yule stuff and got enough snowflakes to buy my characters each a santa hat as well as a couple of Rudy dogs. But playing solo, where my lead character is up to level 38, has been wearing on me a bit. It is good as a group, but as a solo venture it is just another fantasy MMORPG very much in the WoW mold, and I am feeling a bit tired of that at the moment.
Star Wars MMOs
It was the passing of Star Wars Galaxies and the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic. I poked my nose into one and let the other just pass on by. But there is no doubt that SWTOR will be the focus of much discussion in 2012.
World of Tanks
I did get out WoT for a bit this month. As always, it is fun in small doses. I actually had enough gold left over from the launch-day buy-in that I was able to buy the Type-59 tank. So now I am one of those guys. But the bracket the Type-59 plays in is probably the most fun I have had since bopping around in the tier 1 tanks. It sure beats struggling up the mid-brackets in any case. And since I really do not play that much… maybe three matches on a night I actually play… maximizing fun for the minimum effort clearly serves my needs.
I have had Diablo II out, Path of Exile, and, most recently, Torchlight, just to compare the Diablo-ness of these titles in preparation for the possible launch of Diablo III and/or Torchlight II in 2012. We’ll see how that works out.
Well, it will be a new year tomorrow, which means that I will probably have some prediction-like post up in the next day or two.
There will certainly be the further (non) adventures of Wilhelm in EVE Online. I have at least one more thing to write about, and I am still stuck out at Burger King, so maybe I will see a big fleet battle.
The instance group will be back together soon I hope. I mean, we’ve only done one instance in Rift. It would be nice to double that.
I am tempted to try out a Beastlord in EverQuest II. The hunter class in WoW was always my favorite solo class and, likewise, my lead character in Rift is a rogue who has majored in the ranger pet class, which plays a lot like a WoW hunter. We shall see how the Beastlord stacks up. Certainly the EverQuest version was not very much like the WoW hunter.
And, finally, I am feeling like another contest. I think I have one just crazy enough to work. I just need to figure out a prize.