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Samhain's Zergwatch

Samhain's Zergwatch is a blog that started in 2006 on a different gaming community server and has since evolved into www.zergwatch.com, a place to gather my twisted thoughts on the whole mess. Explore the oozing underbelly of gaming with me.

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The Daily Zerg - 12/10 - Would you like a Thrall Burger to go with that Stir Fried Onyxia?

Posted by zergwatch Wednesday December 10 2008 at 8:37PM
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Today was a very busy MMO day in the news.  Here's my favorite stories from today's wire at www.zergwatch.com, a video game RSS news syndication services that mashes up over 200 video game news feeds every day.  

Star Wars the Old Republic - It's free, no it's not
Earlier in the day it was reported that Star Wars The Old Republic, the MMORPG being developed by Bioware was going to be a free to play MMORPG with micro transactions. Later in the day, EA sent a statement to Shacknews denying the claims made earlier by the Bioware CEO. The MMORPG blogosphere was sent into frenzy mode as the thought of an Asian, or SOE style microtransaction system would ruin the experience. Was EA's statement just damage control or just an honest misunderstanding?

Bioware chooses Simutronics' Hero Engine
Bioware has licensed the Hero Engine suite of tools as the collaborative design platform for Star Wars The Old Republic. Hero Engine allows developers from any location work together in the live world. Updates and changes are made without the need for constant rebuilds. This news sheds a bit of light on which stage in development the game may or may not be in.

World of Warcraft restaurant opens in Beijing
You would think that only in Asia, that a World of Warcraft themed restaurant would survive. A restaurant has opened that is themed around the MMO from the decor to the menu to the towering tree in the center of the Dining Portal. Is this a good idea or a case of addiction to World of Warcraft gone too far?
http://www.cctv.com/program/cultureexpress/20081209/101793.shtml

Playstation Home coming out tomorrow
Wee! I've already given Home too much blog time. It comes out tomorrow. In preparation for tomorrow's epic launch, Microsoft and Nintendo have absolutely nothing planned to counter it... because there's no reason to. PS3 will still be the #3 console once Home launches.

Frostfell 2008
In more exciting news, tomorrow, Frostfell, the Everquest 2 holiday event goes live. Hmm. which to care more about.. Frostfell or PS3 Home?

Micro Transactions hit Everquest
What was once promised to only happen on Station Exchange servers, today, SOE went live with Everquest and Everquest 2 in-game micro transactions. On launch day there were game breaking items. There were some house pets, some xp boost potions and cosmetic (and awful looking) faction armor. While RMT is nothing new for EQ or EQ2, as there have been loot cards in purchased packs of The Legends of Norrath TCG, this is the first direct sale of virtual goods in the games and most likely only the tip of the greedy iceberg at SOE.

Warhammer to Immortalize players
Top ranked war players may soon have their own in game statues. In a recent dev diary, it was announced that in the upcoming 1.1 patch, players can immortalize themselves in the game... if there's anyone left playing by then.

New Warhammer careers go live
And they're apparently three months too late. While last week, you could have completed quests to unlock the ability to create a Knight of the Blazing Sun or a Blackguard, the omission of these classes at launch are just one of the many reasons former players of the game are blaming for their hiatus. Anyone who has half a clue, blames Wrath of the Lich King.

No Netflix on PS3 Home
Which means no reason to buy a PS3 to watch the huge catalog of streaming HD movies for $10 per month.

Dragon Quest X coming to Wii
Anytime a roleplaying game is announced for Wii it sends tickling chills down my spines of role players swinging their imaginary Wii swords in the air and it's just an image that doesn't easily lose my mind. Remember those guys sitting in the back of the comic book stores playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons? Well, yah. They're the ones I think of and it's not a pretty sight.
 

Korhindi writes:

Thanks for the informative post.:-)

A side note: You had to bust on the D&D players didn't you?  Shame on you, for without them, this whole genre would not exist.

Wed Dec 10 2008 8:43PM Report
Goob writes:

Oh, look there is the typical hero defending the D&D players as if they actually suffered hardships in their days of playing a game. You could've left it at "You had to bust.." which would've been true and funny. Then you tacked on that incredibly smug and unnecessary shame comment. Do even the magnitude of what the term implies?

Thu Dec 11 2008 9:44PM Report
Goob writes:

--Do you even understand**

Thu Dec 11 2008 9:45PM Report
Korhindi writes:

Yes I do, but you don't get it.  And then you break out with attacks and put downs, how typical and how hypocritical.

Being busted on is the non ending snide remarks about D&D players and RP'er from folks like you. Yet, for all that,  there is something worse, something I KNOW you don't comprehend given your "hardship" remark:

I first played D&D in 1976.  It was not popular then, in fact it was put down, derided and considered the material of devil worship.  It was better to be branded as gay than to be branded as a D&D player.

Let me ask you this Goob:  Have you ever been threatened bodily harm, job loss, or complete social ostracization for playing a game?  Are you uncomfortable to talk about a MMO in a public forum or restaurant?

No?

Lucky you.

For I, and many others like me, who played D&D back then have been verbally acosted and even beat up for no other offense than carrying a book around.  And when I say "beat up" I mean as in getting physically hurt by (in my case) 3 attackers. 

Sorry If I sound smug to you, but I don't think you and others get it...not at all...

On second thought, I am NOT sorry I sound smug.  For, since you can play and not get treated as a total "Freak" by society means we geeks must have won the battle.  I can take pride in that.

Now go enjoy your fantasy RP based hobby in safety and acceptance.  Peace.

Fri Dec 12 2008 12:41AM Report
zergwatch writes:

awesome, keep this thread going.  It has potential. :)

Fri Dec 12 2008 10:26AM Report
Jeremiad writes:

OH BAWWWWWW KORHINDI  BOOO FRICKIN HOO  You got picked on for bein' a damn nerd, big deal, it happened to a lot of us back in the day.  But bein' all self righteous and claiming the whole of videogaming is thanks to D&D players is a bit much don't you think?

Oh, and as for us geeks winning the battle?  I wouldn't be so sure about that.  People do still think that playing games makes us kill people after all.

Sat Dec 13 2008 4:24PM Report

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