CCP has put out a new EVE Online trailer using voice coms from actual in-game operations. The result gives you a sense of what the high points of the game are. (Direct link to video, or the uncensored version) EVE Online can be a boring game. You can spend a long time with tedious mechanics […]
My WoW Story Ten years ago today I started playing World of Warcraft. In truth that is a bit of a misnomer since I technically started as of ten years ago 11 pm last night. When World of Warcraft launched there was so much excitement surrounding it. This was not my first MMO by any […]
In time for the yule bath: A hobbit water ballet video! Inspired by Tolkien’s poem “The Bath Song”! Sing hey for the bath! A favourite poem I have long wanted to make a video based on Tolkien’s poem “The Bath Song“. It was always a favourite of mine, quite merry and hobbity, with some grand […]
The beorning class, or some kind of new class, has been a long time coming in Lord of the Rings Online. It’s been since 2008 and the release of the Mines of Moria expansion that a new class of people has graced the digital recreation of Middle-Earth. There are several things to consider in LOTRO […]
And I am Home.Yesterday was another Interesting Day, and I will do a suitable write-up in the week. The first thing I did when I logged on this morning was collect the final 600 or so Resources I needed to update my Garrison to Level Three.There’s a lo…
This week we explored a subject from my own Background, Psychology. While most probably know I’ve been working in Child care for a while, one thing I do have is a Bachelor in Psychology. I never followed through with it, which might have been a little silly. I was a bit disillusioned at the time […]
Indie game developers Vs. Major game developers (AAA) Nestled in between big business politics and strict deadlines, the overworked company/corporate/AAA game developers are busy coding the next big holiday title. Their jobs hang in the balance as they work with the art department and the QA team to ensure gaming perfection. The problem is […]
I’m sure you all will remember the post I wrote at the beginning of this month that riled up quite a few people. I was the self-proclaimed asshole who enjoys PvP, the occasional gank that could be construed as griefing, and could find the humor in things others could not. I’m not going to reopen […]
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[Part of my Dragon Age: Origins play through. Spoilers ahead!]With 50 Redcliffe Soldiers, 50 Dalish elf archers, 50 Dwarven Warriors and 16 Templars behind me I decide to try clear as much of the city as I can before chasing down the archdemon. The dar…
One thing I’ve noticed in Rift’s Nightmare Tide is more pressure to spend money. I don’t mean in terms of a sales pitch; I mean in terms of making the game less tedious.
For example, two new things in Nightmare tide are Earring Slots and the Planewalker “attunement” which allows you to wear some of the new gear. Each of these costs 100,000 Void Stones (the new zone event currency) in the Rift Store. The Planewalker attunement is account-wide, but the Earring Slots must be bought for each character. It is technically possible to grind out the Void Stones to buy those two important things without spending cash to unlock them, but keep in mind that there is a limit of 35,000 Void Stones you can collect per week, so you have to grind zone events for a minimum of six weeks to get both of those items for one character.
Me? I happily paid to get the $50 Collector’s Edition so I don’t have to do that for any character. (Even the $25 edition comes with them, so I highly recommend it.) Did I have to pay to get those things? No. Did I have to pay so that I didn’t die of boredom getting those things? Abso-freakin-lutely. (For reference, I don’t think I’ve picked up more than about 5,000 Void Stones in a week yet, and I’ve been playing a lot, so the amount of effort it would take to grind out 35,000 a week is mind-boggling.)
Now technically, you don’t need to wear earrings or have Planewalker attunement gear. You can still do everything in the game (I assume). I’m a relatively new level 65 and I’m only wearing two Planewalker items, and I’m not having any trouble with world quests and zone events. (Mobs are more difficult at 65 than they were at 60, though.) But obviously, you’re not going to be invited to any high-end Raids without earrings, and it’s going to be that much more difficult to meet the Expert Dungeon requirements without the stats from two extra items (and two extra rune enhancements).
The other area I’ve felt pressure to spend money in is Crafting. Crafting materials are abundant in the Plane of Water. However, it costs a lot of platinum to level up your crafting skills from 375 to 450, in the form of training recipes and store-bought materials. It costs so much money that it would be super convenient for me to drop $10 for a REX thingy, which I could sell for about 1250 platinum. The most platinum I’ve ever had on my main character is about 450, and that was when Attanium was selling like hotcakes. Alternatively, rather than taking your chances with REX prices, you can now, for the first time ever, buy the store-bought crafting materials for 3 credits each instead of spending the expensive 1 platinum each.
Savant-tier crafting materials as compared to the Grandmaster-tier crafting materials from the last expansion.
And lest you think you don’t need the store-bought materials, I can assure you that nearly every single crafted item going from 375 to 450 requires at least 1 store-bought item (essence, wax, string, etc.). The least expensive way to level from 375 to 450 seems to be to save up your materials and level up all at once with a +160% Transcendent Skill Sphere, which if you don’t have one costs 1000 credits. It’s credits well spent, though, in my opinion, because of the savings you’ll reap from not having to spend so much on materials. (I happen to have some from previous giveaways, and I plan on using them.)
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind spending money on Rift at all. But this is the first time I can remember feeling any kind of pressure to buy. Pressure in the sense that it’s better and/or more enjoyable to spend money than to play for free. In the past, I’ve felt that spending money is only necessary once you’ve grown bored of a particular activity that was inherently fun, whereas now the activity is so tedious and time-consuming that you don’t even want to start on it.
Despite all of that above, Rift is still a cheap game in the global scheme of things. If you’re keeping score, so far I have spent $70 on Rift Nightmare Tide. $50 for the Collector’s Edition and $20 for some Credits which I used on Minion slots and some Minion cards. I could have gotten away with spending only $25 for the cheapest Collector’s Edition and had much the same experience. Considering I just paid some $90 for Warlords of Draenor and a 3-month subscription (and I still haven’t played more than a few hours of it), what I’ve spent on Rift so far is a bargain and for me, it has a lot more bang-for-the-buck.
The Search for Food This morning I really did not want to leave the bed. I was surrounded by warm and fuzzy cats, but as it got later both my wife and myself started to get hungry. My wife and I are both relatively intelligent individuals, and friends have postulated that we must have really […]
Over the past two weeks bloggers all across the MMO and gaming blogosphere have signed up for the merry December blogging countdown and I am happy to confirm a total of 43 people are participating! I have spent the better part of this weekend finalizing a calendar-like page, randomizing dates and working out the last […]
Some of you may have noticed that this week has seen some Anniversary Celebrations kicking off for the 10th Birthday of Warcraft: well, tonight in London there will be one of three joint celebrations of this fact (the others are in Paris and Berlin) and yours truly will be part of the action. As a result, I will be doing my best to Livetweet the event, so below you’ll find evidence of my apparent success or failure
Blog, meet Minerva.Hunter Pets are often a subject of some contention. Rare ones, awkward tames, rare skins are all things Hunter actively seek as badges of honour, as a way to announce in Azeroth (and to other Hunters) that they are capable of more th…
I’ve been spending my days as of late playing games rather than talking about them and I think I’m finally at the point where I’ll get to relax for a bit. As I’ve mentioned previously, my workload has been pretty heavy for the last couple of months but…
I don’t often commit to seeing a movie in theaters without knowing something about it. Movies are just too expensive to take chances on. I had heard good things about Book of Life and was struck by an interview with the main person behind it on NPR. While Mexican culture is mostly unfamiliar to me, […]