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January 27, 2012

AFR #167 – Mama drama

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I don’t actually know any mother-daughter pairs who play WoW together, but I do know a few father-daughter and father-son pairs who do, and they’re awesome.  Computer games have such a reputation for getting in the way of family relationships, it’s really nice to see them actually pulling people together.  Of course, we all know some families who should definitely not be pulled together under any circumstances.

And my mother?  My mother is wonderful and I love her, but she has much better things to do with her time than play computer games.

January 20, 2012

AFR #166 – Shoot first

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He’s got a bad feeling about this.

January 13, 2012

AFR #165 – Do not underestimate the power of the fans

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There were so many potential titles for this one.  AFR #165 – I sense a great disturbance in the subscriptions.  AFR #165 – Play or play not, there is no trial account.  AFR #165 – Whose character model is scruffy-looking?

I haven’t played The Old Republic and I probably won’t.  Pretty much everything I’ve heard about the game has been good and I expect I would probably enjoy it if I tried it, but I only have time in my life for one MMO and I have too many friends in WoW to walk away from them.

January 6, 2012

AFR #164 – Casual casualties

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All right, listen up, you tiny but vocal minority who have been whining about how Raid Finder sucks because it lets people who aren’t as hardcore as you experience raid content and that’s not fair because it takes away from your special snowflakeness and they don’t deserve it and they’re not playing the real game and blah blah blah-de-frikin’-blah.

Get over yourselves.  Raiding is not a reward you get for being extra super-duper leet with a cherry on top.  Raiding is part of the game and if people who never had the opportunity to raid before are now getting the chance to raid, that’s a good thing.  Fun is not some limited commodity.  If more people are having fun, that doesn’t make the fun you have in your regular/heroic/achievement/world-first runs any less real.

And don’t try to play the more-hardcore-than-thou card.  You will lose.  I don’t care about your world-first heroic run with achievements.  Somewhere out there someone is leveling from 1 to 85 without training any spells after level 5, without picking a spec or assigning any talent points, leaving exactly one area undiscovered in every zone, only doing quests that have a palindrome in the title and only killing mobs whose names can be typed using the top row of a Dvorak keyboard.  Why?  Because she can.  And you will never be that hardcore, never.

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