My RSS feed isn’t quite the problem it was at one point, but I have noticed that the direct feed from the site seems to propagate more slowly that the Feedburner feed. This is doubly bizarre as the Feedburner feed works from the direct feed, so there is some sort of voodoo going on there. And then, for some reason, Blogger seems to have it in for my feed again as it is once again updating very slowly in some (but not all) blogroll side bars on that platform. The mysteries of Google.
I took the VirginWorlds feed off the side bar for now as the site seems to be in a state of neglect. It isn’t updating feeds correctly and some of the longstanding feeds have been taken over by new sites that are not related to MMO gaming. I dropped Brent a note, but I think he may be busy with other aspects of his life.
Meanwhile, on the WP.com front, they are now pushing the new editor and stats page rather aggressively. I can no longer edit a post from the main page without using the Fisher-Price “Babby’s First Text Editor” option, as they remove the “classic editor” link from it. At least the classic editor is still available from within the admin page for posts, so I just have to go that route now to fix my inevitable typo. And the new stats page is now the default, though you can can still get to the old one via a link down at the bottom. I don’t mind progress… WP.com has improved things over the years… but this is one of those lessons in why re-writing things from scratch is often a bad ideal; you lose functionality that was added to the old code base over time.
Also, what is with this pop-up I get from WP.com every day?
I just click the ‘x’ to dismiss it most days, but yesterday I decided to click the up arrow just to see what I would get, and that also dismissed it. I suspect they are not that interested in being helpful.
One Year Ago
I was thinking about the word “free” and how it really brings up negative connotations. Basically, “free” is usually a scam, so why should we expect “Free to Play” games to viewed as anything else?
A year back my other blog, EVE Online Pictures, qualified for inclusion as an EVE Online fan site. We’ll see if that gets renewed this year. Meanwhile CCP lost money through “derecognizing” an asset which would turn out to be the demise of World of Darkness as a project for them. CCP was also taking a stab at cosmetic options for ships.
I picked my 15 most influential video games, and got some other people to pick theirs as well.
WalMart was going to get into the used video game market. Did that ever go anywhere? I don’t shop at Wally World.
Something called MyDream wanted to be a Minecraft killer or some such.
It was the end of the line for Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures as SOE chief John Smedley vowed never to make kids games again. While over in EverQuest the 15 year anniversary included the introduction of instant level 85 characters. I gave that a try and got lost immediately.
Facebook bought Occulus Rift. Where is your VR now?
Brad McQuaid was a month past his unsuccessful Pantheon Kickstarter and I was wondering what the plan was.
In a set of short items, I also noted that EverQuest Next Landmark became simply Landmark, two of the founders of Runic games left the studio to try their luck elsewhere, while King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga, went public and are now one of the most shorted stocks on the market! (They were mentioned on the Planet Money podcast about shorting.)
The ongoing “Blizzard isn’t giving you…” series continued. while Diablo III: Reaper of Souls went live, an event which included the end of the auction house. I had gone back to the game to try some of the changes.
Also on the Blizzard front, they managed to find a hook to get me to play Hearthstone… or at least a couple rounds of it.
I was also musing about WoW and when the expansion would launch and the stat squish and guild levels and pseudo-server merges and my insta-90 choice and Warlords of Draenor being $50… which was at least better than it being $60. While, actually in the game the instance group took on Zul’Aman.
We formed something I ended up calling the “strategy group,” if only to distinguish it from the “instance group” which started out playing some Age of Empires II.
And I wrote another installment of my ongoing TorilMUD series, this time about the Faerie Forest.
Five Years Ago
With the March 2010 month in review I was able to announce that the site had passed the one million page view mark. A minor milestone.
I was waxing nostalgic for some flavor of Rome.
EA was saying very stupid things about how many subscribers Star Wars: The Old Republic would need. It is never too early to set the bar for failure. Also they were threatening to taint 38 Studios.
I was also wondering about greater challenges in MMOs. Must all paths be equally easy?
The instance group was beginning to embrace the Dungeon Finder. However, we found we still had to do a chunk of external legwork to prepare for our Sunken Temple run. I also got a chopper along the way, on my birthday no less.
And, finally, that whole Derek Smart/Alganon thing was just kicking off.
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Search Terms of the Month
eq2 is crap
[That is not an uncommon opinion]
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[How far away is the Moon from Tuesday?]
[Grundoon? Is that you?]
do you need help pitching a tent
[It is largely a mental exercise at my age]
I was bitching earlier in the month about being required to click on participation links, which can be annoying when there isn’t a war or a deployment in progress. Then war were declared and that problem went away pretty quickly. I have gone well beyond the minimum quota. The war itself has been okay, though being in Reavers I have found myself a bit jealous that I haven’t been in-system for some of the cap fleet engagements.
Then there was this epic troll that got people worked up for about 30 minutes. The EVE Onion got scooped on that one! Also, deductive subscription numbers for Tranquility based on various tidbits that CCP has left laying about.
Lord of the Rings Online
I haven’t started playing it again, but earlier this month when I logged in to ensure I would get my monthly lifetime subscriber Turbine Points stipend (and to keep Gaff from usurping the leadership of our kin yet again) I ended up buying the Riders of Rohan expansion because it was on sale (1,747 points) and I had close to 11K Turbine Points socked away. I am not sure what that will mean to anybody, including myself, except that all my characters got a new title. Woot.
World of Warcraft
World of Garrisons continues on. Seriously, having five characters in Draenor means daily garrison maintenance eats up a lot of my daily play time. If only I could force myself to NOT do that, but the OCD gamer in me requires it. The instance group has been out a couple of times doing things, and I have been spending some time working back through all of the zones to make sure I have finished up every single quest line, lest there be a follower I missed. And I have spent a little bit of time with my Orc hunter, though he is still a project for later.
Tomorrow is just another day, right?
Anyway, after that, it looks like a lot of the same things on my agenda.
Yes, I got my copy of Pillars of Eternity like nearly everybody else. And I have played a bit. But, my garrison… and the war… must play MMOs!
Okay, I did start in on a run through one classic game from my past. I’ll get around to posing about that at some point this month.
It looks like WoW Tokens will go live this month. That will be interesting to watch. How much gold will Blizzard sell you for $20? And how will that compare to how much gold you will need to pay to get 30 days of play time? I still suspect that those numbers will be different.
The five week expansion schedule for EVE Online means that there won’t be an expansion in April. That is fine. I barely noticed that last one… well, except for an issue I will get to later. [Okay, the next expansion is April 28. I need to consult a calendar before I hit “publish” I guess.]