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Things you need to know before playing World of Warcraft and Diablo 3

This blog provides information about Blizzard games for starting players that want to know the basics on the games that one of the best massive multiplayer game makers have.

Author: Fatality001133

Money In-Game: Classic Video Games and the Currencies Driving their Economy

Posted by Fatality001133 Thursday May 23 2013 at 4:28AM
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Video games are often heralded as a means to escape reality. Players often praise a game’s ability to transport them out of their dreary lives and into these fantastical, colorful worlds where anything can happen—all at the control of the player themselves.

That said, the introduction of monetary systems does sort of hinder that escapism inherent in video games. Keeping the rigid rules of a limited wallet, reinforced by a working economy, can be considered a relic of the real world. On the other hand, this reflection of real life—to the point where earning, saving, and spending money is crucial to success—often comes with important lessons for actual money management. Players see how their irresponsible handling of resources results in failure in the game, and they will be more likely to apply these lessons in the real world.

This article will examine some of the most enduring currencies in classic video games, and see the various items and services that in-game money can buy (but just like real money, it still can’t buy you love, though).

1.     The Legend of Zelda series – Rupees

The Legend of Zelda is a series renowned for its realistic portrayal of a bildungsroman—or the coming-of-age of a young character. Intrinsic to the journey of a hero’s quest is the rupee, the gems that serve as the currency in the land of Hyrule.

At the beginning of the game, Link, the player character, usually only has a wallet that can hold 99 rupees. Needless to say, despite the relative ubiquity of rupees (they can be picked up piecemeal in the respawning grass, from breakable pots, enemies, and treasure chests, among others), the fact that Link can only hold 99 in his pocket severely limits the purchasing options. These include ammunition and health upgrades.

zelda rupees


Later, larger wallets significantly expand the number of rupees that can be carried, which also expands the types of things that can be bought. From bows to life containers to masks, an expanded wallet in any Zelda game is key to victory. The rupee comes in five denominations: Green (1 rupee), Blue (5), Red (20), Silver (100), and Gold (300).


2.     The Sims series – Simoleon

The Sims, which was released in 2000, was the first installment in the hugely popular The Sims franchise, taking off from developer Will Wright’s earlier Sim games. The game simulates the comings and goings of a household. While several changes have been introduced throughout its many iterations (the fourth generation of which is slated to release in 2014), one of its constants has been its currency: the Simoleon.

sims simoleon


Taken from an old slang term for a basic unit of currency (such as the dollar), the Simoleon in The Sims is used to create and renovate the home, as well as to attend to the needs of the eponymous Sims. These Sims can also work to make more money, which will ensure the continued prosperity of the household.


3.     Diablo series –  Gold

The Diablo series has long been known as the paragon of the dungeon crawl/loot genre. In these sorts of games, players traverse dungeons, killing enemies in search of better gear, so that they can traverse more difficult dungeons, killing tougher enemies to get even better gear. This is a never-ending cycle, and gold plays a huge part in this process of upgrades.

In Diablo III, the economy changed with the introduction of the Real Money Auction House. Whereas in previous installments, in-game gold was removed from your actual wallet, the third Diablo game dissolved this separation for those who wanted to spend their actual money for in-game gear.

diablo 3 gold


Many sites offer tips on how to earn more Diablo 3 gold via item flipping on the Auction House.

Those are just three of the most prominent games series and the currencies featured in them. Are there any other games where money management was integral to success? Do you have stories where managing your funds in-game proved useful in real life? Let us know in the comments below!

World of Warcraft Fast Leveling Guide

Posted by Fatality001133 Monday May 13 2013 at 2:03PM
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World of Warcraft is perhaps the most popular online game in the world right now, and it has been for quite a long time now. But for a game that depends on the time and energy invested in it by the player, it's also daunting for those who may be interested to play it for the first time, but are intimidated by all the high level characters already present. For those who seek to be level 80 like the more dedicated veterans, then you need a guide to getting there as quickly as you possibly can.


  • Efficiency is the Key

Leveling up fast is all about efficiency and knowing where to level, as well as getting the best items at the moment and so on. There are a lot of things that you can think of when it comes to quick leveling. Perhaps it would be easier if you have a party to go along with you, making for a more fun experience that makes the time fly. However, if you're playing solo, then know that quests can be faster than just with dungeons and instances.


  • Have a Plan

Of course, you should have a general plan before you even log in. You can always try to research in wiki sites for World of Warcraft, as well as FAQs and message boards, perhaps even ask questions and look for WOW leveling-for-noobie guides. Whatever you do, it is imperative that you have a definite plan that you can go with upon logging in. This is also where being in a party helps since you can talk over the plan with your companions for a more secure plan. Having a plan is all about getting from point A to B as soon as you can, as well as making sure that you don't get distracted by something else during that session.


  • Work Out Your Questing Route

If you opt for quests to gain experience, then you should take heed of a few things that will help you make the journey less arduous. First off, whenever you're clearing a quest zone, be sure to accept every quest there is in that area. You can then plan the best routes to take in order to finish off quests one after another. If there is a quest that you think isn't worth the trouble, then you can just abandon it anyway. You don't have to feel bad about it, since you're trying to make good time.


  • Combine Questing and Grinding

Questing or mob grinding alone will not get you experience points as quickly as if you do them both in a systematic way. Of course, you'll have to know beforehand which enemies are both easy to kill and gives good XP. When you encounter such a monster along the way to a quest objective, you may stop for a while to kill as much as you can before proceeding. There is no reason not to gain more XP while traveling to your destination, as opposed to heading straight there with nothing happening in between unless you're off to get your snacks or to use the bathroom.


  • You Are Not Alone

There are too many players out there that tend to solo way too much. This is an MMORPG, so play it like it is: join a party or guild to progress further as a WoW player. You can join in the adventure and go on raids that can net you even more XP than if you were doing it alone. You also gain better standing in the game, so long as you behave well and be helpful to your fellow players. While it's sometimes good to play solo, it's not good if you do it all the time. The good thing about WoW is that even if you're a loner in real life, you can work your way to gaining more confidence in interacting with other people through the game, and it has done just that for a great number of the WoW player base.


  • Build Your Character Properly

This may not be a tip that beginners will get right off the bat, but a great way to fast level your character is to optimize your class talent build, which means that you take the right talents for the specific purpose of your character, may it be a tank, mage, or so on. It does depend on the build if it can actually help you level faster though. For example, those with AoE spells or high DPS will find it easier to level up, as opposed to a tank build that focuses on defense and HP. Of course, a tank is crucial to every party, so your guildmates will be glad to help you level up.


  • Have Tons of Fun

This is perhaps the most important tip in fast leveling in World of Warcraft. If you're having fun, leveling up won't seem like a chore that seems to take forever. All you will really think about is all the fun you're having in playing the game with other people.

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