Posts Tagged ‘and i’m back’

And I’m Back: Seriously, Bags and Inventory Management!

4 January 2013 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I'll clean my room once I am done with this mess, Mom!

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

World of Warcraft came out in 2004. The world was pretty different then, especially the world of video games. Bush was President. The Eagles were a good team. Nintendo was in a rut and credit was free flowing. Blizzard has done a fantastic job keeping WoW fresh and up to date. Sure, expansions are slow, but content has been consistent. Technologies have been upgraded and system, both game and technical, have been overhauled. Repeatedly. Continue Reading

And I’m Back: Doing it From Behind, The New Style

20 December 2012 | 4 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

Naturally, I anticipated the fact that my favorite class, the sneaky rogue, would see a dramatic talent alteration along with every other World of Warcraft class. Heck, I attended the BlizzCon 2011 panel on the whole ordeal. Some fear change, but I welcomed the removal of “necessary” talents for a focus on customizing a playstyle with my talent points. Rogues still have the same core options, subtlety, combat and assassination, but those trees themselves don’t necessarily dictate how a rogue has to be played. The fabled “optimal way.”

Having been unshackled from completely expected playstyles for my rogue is a magnificent feeling. Clearly, each tree has it’s distinct reason for being, but there’s much more flexibility to create a personal experience within each. Not everything is a new ability that’s seen as required. Instead, I’ve been given a splash of new mixed in with a batch of modifiers. Want to focus on movement and personal damage reduction? I can easily do that. Rather I focus on deadly opening encounters and survivability? There’s a stack of choices. Straight damage and buff/debuffs? Also possible.

Granted, I fully expect some players to stick with the “You’re doing it wrong” mentality. If they’re being helpful, that’s fine. If they’re being trolls, then they (should) get ignored. Thankfully, the talent changes Blizzard made gives those that just want to be left alone to play their way the option, without being seen as newbies.

How do you like the talent modifications for your class?

And I’m Back: Guildmates – Experiences & Conversation

4 December 2012 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

The success of MMOG genre owes itself to social engineering as much as the rise of persistent worlds. By having everyone experience the same universe, the developers are given a common mentality to work off of. They can, at least loosely, expect the players to participate in the same quest lines, boss kills and landscapes. What developers can’t assume is how the populace will react to any given event.

After my long absence, it took a few conversations with various members for them to remember specifically who I was. Once reintegrated to my comrades, it was business as normal. No more searching for our mutual connection or reminiscing. It was time to have new discussions, and discussions we had.

Hit the jump to find out the mature conversation that was had without a single player ending the discussion in /gquit.

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And I’m Back: Doesn’t Look Like Anything Changed

29 November 2012 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

Okay, so the world was recently split in two by the former earth-warder Deathwing. Corrupted and unreachable, the massive iron-clad dragon was brought down by an army of unprecedented strength, camaraderie and perseverance. Markedly different than the composition that ruined Archimonde’s plans, but no less effective. What do you do as a collective after saving the world from certain destruction (again)? Visit Darkmoon Faire? Instantly turn on each other? How about rebuild your ruined home, some still burning, others wickedly scarred by the Cataclysm?

For the denizens of Azeroth, it seems that war will always be the answer.

To be fair to the lore, the two hotheads in charge make factional war inevitable. I’m not belittling the point that tensions haven’t eased. Moreover, I’m concerned with the fact that we’ve left our homes in ruins while we invade Pandaria, bringing our war to their unblemished shores. I’m not sure of the timeline difference between the demise of Deathwing and the discovery of Pandaria, but you’d think the people of Stormwind would have cleaned up a little, right? Put out the fires, mayhaps?

Hopefully some upcoming content patches have us looking domestically. The current construction workers certainly aren’t doing their job. Fair to assume they heard how the last reconstruction went…?

And I’m Back: When Mountain Dew Meets Pokemon Meets WoW

9 November 2012 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

I’ll admit that when Blizzard announced the long-desired Pokemon Online would be a part Mist of Pandaria I jumped for joy. Many decried the move as selling out, catering to casuals or a flat out act of desperation. I didn’t lean that way. Not even for a moment. To me, it wasn’t selling out or catering, but making use of hours of development and leveraging the OCD mentality of the many pet collectors.

Considering I was currently not playing WoW upon the announcement, I could only chalk it up as a win for Blizzard. It added a major bullet point to MoP for me that was much needed. I’ve longed for a true persistent Pokemon world since MMOGs first became a thing. Thus, I cheered the announcement.

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And I’m Back: I Didn’t Realize I Was so Hardcore!

26 October 2012 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

I’m going to blow your mind right now. Right this very second. This single fact may turn your world upside down, inside out and topwise. I really like video games. I take them quite seriously, in consumption, play and competition. It’s actually not just video games that bring out such passion. I was raised to try my darndest in everything I do because “it’s better to try and fail than to have never tried at all.” I think both of my grandfather’s used that same saying.

There was no mistaking that I was a hardcore player during my initial love of World of Warcraft. I was part of that small group of players downing all end-game content. Often as server firsts on Magtheridon-US. We even progressed to the Four Horsemen back in the original Naxxramas.

/me pats himself on the back

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And I’m Back: I Wonder What’s In My Bags

18 October 2012 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

What’s the first action you do after logging in to an MMOG you’ve been absent from for some time? Me, well, I checked my guild statuses and friends lists. A guild had disbanded but friends were still logging in from time to time. The second action I took, one more interesting but not as important, was to hit shift+B and take a gander at my bags. Considering my departure from Azeroth was unplanned and pretty abrupt, I expected to find my bags a mess despite my storage OCD.

I was so correct. So horribly correct.

Once I pulled out the cobwebs and collected lint I realized where my characters were in their lives, raiding. Both characters had at least two bags dedicated to the end-game activity. It was a treasure trove of early Cataclysm items. Potions, food, feasts, stacks of ingredients for other guildmates to use, extra gems and even multiple sets of gear for distinct situations or offspecs were represented.

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And I’m Back: Blizzard Tells Me ‘What Has Changed’

26 September 2012 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And I’m Back is a mini-series column dealing with the return to Azeroth after being away for so long. The series chronicles personal reactions to changes to discoveries and making the needed adjustments to the new Azeroth.

Wow, what a difference a year plus can make. I’ve left World of Warcraft in the rear-view mirror before, but didn’t expect to come back when I did. The second passing was expected to be temporary. The lull in Cataclysm content, life and general burn being the compounding factors to my exit. Despite my reservations with entering Pandaria, it’s good to be back in Azeroth with the friends I’ve accomplished so much with.

During my absence I purposely had WoW blinders on. Day-to-day news was completely avoided. Only major items were viewed and that’s why seeing the “What Has Changed?” screen popup while selecting talents had me chuckle. While incredibly basic, the information was helpful. Then I began to think about some of the changes to my beloved rogue class. Continue Reading