Blizzcon Gear Unboxing!

Just got my Blizzcon swag today and made a short video of the unboxing, check it out below;

Why are you still playing?

I enjoy Warlords of Draenor. There I said it. It may be a somewhat uncommon and unpopular opinion at this moment, but it’s how I feel. In a climate of much angst and chagrin in the community, enjoying my World of Warcraft experience sometimes feels like a very lonely island to plant my flag on. This baffles me, in that so many people seem to be trudging through a game that they aren’t fully enjoying. While I understand that the years of time that people have invested in WoW may make them feel obligated to some degree to continue playing, the complaining seems almost nonstop.

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New YouTube Video Series

There’s some fun stuff going on over at YouTube.com/thegamecase! Namely a new series entitled “Garrison Pet Battle Daily Guides”. We are compiling a series of videos to help you beat those pesky Garrison Pet Battles. Now the series is by no means complete as of yet, but make sure you check it out and let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see from The Game Case over on YouTube!

A Mythic night of raiding.

Things have been going well for me lately in World of Warcraft. My normal raiding team is about to take on Blackhand, my Heroic team is progressing well, and I’ve been getting more and more loot and raising my ilvl. As my ilvl has increased, as the bosses have gone down, my confidence in my skills has gone up. I’ve gone from being a relatively clueless “newb” to being a competent Normal/Heroic raider. As anything in my life goes, I go full bore at any passion or hobby. I knew that I had my eyes on Mythic content, and I began to think that I may be ready. As Heroic bosses went down, and Normal farm became easier, it would be logical to simply progress to the next level right? Wrong.  Read more

Sometimes the Internet is beautiful.

If you follow my blog at all you’ll know that I’m often critical of how some behave when online. As a staunch believer and practitioner of Wheaton’s Law myself, I’m surprised when others can’t follow this simple adage. Young Mr. Crusher entreats us all to follow the simple mantra of “Don’t be a dick” in all of our online interactions. While this seems as though it would not be hard to follow, we all know that something happens to people when they get behind a keyboard. They seem to grow 6 inches while simultaneously losing an equal sized chip off of their shoulder. People lash out at others whether out of frustration with their lives, anger at society or sometime just to be mean. Without the accountability of having to face someone, modern civility, which is already suffering, seems to be put entirely to the side. Today I’m not here to lament the evils of modern internet acceptability however. Today I’m here to tell a story that should make you smile, that should bolster your hope about humanity.  Read more

The Day the Internet was mean to me.

So I decided to embark on a little bit of a social experiment today. I posted a picture on my Facebook account of my current post-surgery working from home neck beard. Now to fully understand this, know that I thanks to the wonders of genetics, am totally incapable of growing a full beard. The picture (posted below) is my “Duck Dynasty” beard, it is the best I can do. I will admit to having full on beard envy for those men that do get mistaken for lumberjacks. While my beard will not inspire men the world over to throw away their razors, I personally don’t think it’s horrible and was confident that my facebook friends would say something positive. I expected the odd “shave it off comment”, or even a few “you look like a bum”, but was hopeful for some positivity.

My mistake seemed to lay there, in assuming that on the internet people could be positive or pleasant. What I failed to remember is that is the exception on the internet. The fact that people cannot seem to contain their negativity and seem to derive pleasure from unleashing it on others. Just take a moment and scroll through your social media feed and take a note of how much interaction there is with positive posts vs. negative ones. The ability for people, even without the promise of anonymity, to lash out without considering another’s feelings is staggering. Read more

The Age of the Geek, maybe not quite yet.

With shows like The Big Bang Theory, Chuck and characters like Malcolm (Malcolm in the Middle), Seth (The OC), and many others that showcase Geeks, many like to think that it is the “Age of the Geek”. With the advancement of the information age it’s true that the position of the geek within modern society has definitely changed, we have gone from being the subject of ridicule to becoming the Gates, Jobs, Ballmers, and Zuckerbergs. Pillars of the business, financial and technology communities. We have gained respect, status, and wild success in a environment where the whole world is clambering for our skills, products and knowledge. Our likes and pastimes have become not only just socially acceptable but popular. It’s now “cool” to be retro, to be into video games, or to have a “nerdy” style. While we have made leaps and bounds towards social acceptance however it’s clear that there is still a ways to go. During last weekends Heroes of the Dorm event, televised live on ESPN2, this was made evident.
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Resources for the Warcraft Newbie

In a recent podcast I discussed a few tips and resources for beginning players, you can find that podcast here: http://thegamecase.com/podcast/episode5/

First and foremost as a new player you’ll need a site to find information about quests, how to complete them and where to find items, NPCs (non playable characters), mounts, and all sorts of other information from how to use specific talents to how to how to optimize gear and enchants. Read more

Paying for Free to Play?

Beta’s provide an opportunity for developers to leverage the community to help them polish the rough edges off their game, and deliver a better end product. Games from Halo, to Minecraft, to Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm have all taken advantage of this medium to assist in their final stages of development. A beta is generally either closed or open to the public. A developer will decide whether to allow a massive influx of people or invite a select few to take part and give feedback. For most games a beta invite is a privilege or a lucky draw. You’re either a valued member of the community or simply one of a group randomly selected to participate. The amount of commitment for feedback varies between beta opportunities as does the breath of the experience. You may have access to just one map, or you may have access to an entire game. For the developer, they’re able to perform a much more thorough quality assurance process. This also allows for the gathering of focus group type data from a wide scope of users. For players, we get to be a part of the process. Get to see a game just a little bit before everyone else, and get to provide feedback on what we would like to see in the game. In short, a beta benefits both sides of the transaction.

While charging for access to a traditional retail game’s beta is the norm, charging for access to a free to play game is not. Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm (HotS), is charging players for access to the beta. Some may claim that the HotS “Founders Pack” ($39.99) is not paying for access to the beta. The argument being that you get in-game items that don’t come with a beta key. Read more

My Favorite WoW Addons

There’s been a lot of back and forth in both my guild chat, and on twitter lately with patch 6.1 coming out about what the best add-ons are to use. I’ll be going through the add-ons that I’m currently using and find the most helpful. I’ve spent time using many different add-ons and have boiled this list down to what I believe are the best of the best.

1. The Curse Client (http://www.curse.com/)

If you are familiar with the add-on game, than your more than likely familiar with curse.com and their curse client. Read more