Tweeting in WoW and other glorious additions from 6.1.

It’s here, the first major numbered patch for Warlord of Draenor is here! With it you will find the addition of a new legendary quest line, graphics improvements, addition garrison content, and possibly most talked about, the addition of twitter integration. Patch 6.1 was pushed out as a background download or upon logging in, after scheduled maintenance early on Tuesday. Assuming your character was in your garrison last time you logged off you’ll immediately notice a multitude of yellow exclamation points awaiting you. New dailies are present, as well as a tweak to the interfaces with your profession buildings. You may be alarmed the first time that you go to collect your garrison resources from the cache, as they’ve moved it about 10 feet to the left against your town hall building. If you happen to have a Storage Shed you’ll also notice that your Guild Banker has been replaced with a chest. These are just some of the small Quality of Life tweaks that Blizzard has implemented. All of which were designed for a better user experience in your garrison. Assuming that you’re up to date on the errands that “Khadgar” has assigned you, you’ll notice that he has some new tasks for you as well. There’s even a quest to go out and get a Jukebox for your garrison! The graphic improvements and tweaks that were made are also apparent, at least with a high-end graphics card.

Since the newest raid instance, Black Rock Foundry, dropped just a few weeks ago (Congrats to Method on World’s First) this patch wasn’t anticipated to bring much meat in the content department. that prediction, upon initial examination is holding true, there’s a few quests, but the biggest “news” out of this update seems to be Twitter. Read more

Tanking the Floor, my first raid.

Last night I had the honor and privilege of running normal Highmaul with an all Monk team put together by the guys that run Monk Meditation. (Monk Meditation, if you’ve never heard of it is an extremely informative and entertaining Podcast all about, you guessed it, Monks in World of Warcraft.) I’ve been rolling a Monk for 100 levels now, and am building up my gear set to be able to participate in some of the current Warlords of Draenor raid content. So last week when ChaiThi, host of Monk Meditation, announced that they were going to be running an all Monk team, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.

I will confess that even as a 31 year old, I had a little bit of a fanboy squee moment joining OpenRaid’s Mumble (and online chat platform) and hearing the hosts of one of my favorite podcasts, in a group with me. Once I got over the fact that I was playing with some of the most knowledgeable Monks in the game, we quickly settled in to some pre-raid banter. For those WoW players that have never raided before, or perhaps those that may have never played the game, a raid is an epic 25 player battle through a dungeon to defeat several, increasingly difficult bosses. As you raise difficulties in these raids, the bosses get larger pools of health, meaning you have to hit them for longer periods to kill them, and the mechanics of the fight get much more difficult. Generally “raiders” in the WoW realm, are some of the most knowledgeable, skilled, and most thoroughly time invested in the game. Read more

Evolve Review

Evolve, the newest offering from Turtle Shell Games and 2K Gaming, is an asymmetrical cooperative shooter out now on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Evolve pits four players of varying classes (more on that later) against an epic monster in a pitched battle in different environments across the planet Shear. Players will battle in several game modes with the humans trying to defeat the monster while the monster seeks to overcome his human opponents.

Evolve doesn’t waste time with things like an expansive story or drawn out single player mode, it cuts right to the meat of the game. In this case that means monster meat. Evolve puts you through a short tutorial, complete with its own achievements for completing it quickly, and immediately shows you how to wreak havoc on the humans of Shear. If you have any interest at all in playing the human characters, there’s tutorials for each of those classes as well. Since the game introduces it first, I’ll start of with a quick overview of the monster and its various abilities. you’ll start off with just one monster, Goliath. Read more

Review: Life is Strange.

Waking up in the middle of a storm as a bewildered teenage girl isn’t your typical intro to a video game. Life is Strange takes your ideas of a typical video and throws them on their head. Labeled as an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure, Life is Strange promises to take you on an interesting and unique trip over 5 episodes. From Square Enix and French developer Dontnod, Life is Strange takes a bold step out of the traditional gaming mold and making some bold game play choices.

Episode 1 entitled Chrysalis introduces Maxine Caulfield, a teen who in her younger years moved away from quiet Arcadia Bay Oregon. Read more