The great thing about my blog is that if I can't find a suitable image for an article, I can just Google for an image of a Spitfire
Just to clarify, this article is about my favourite posts from my blog. As much as I’d like to be able to highlight all of the wonderful ones I’ve read from the other blogs over the course of the year, unfortunately I’m not imbued with a cybernetic brain and therefore can’t actually recall any of them. Plus I’m far too lazy to try and bother tracking them down.
One of the things I find frustrating as a blogger is that our articles have a very short life span. I reckon the window is anywhere from 24 hours to, maybe max, 72 hours. After that they’ve disappeared into the digital ether to never be heard of again until some poor soul types in the obscure combination of keywords which leads them to discover it on Google. Yes, a fair number of my posts do continually generate a healthy amount of search engine traffic per day but I’ve found that most of those visits are hollow and don’t often convert (to use a business term) into true readers (i.e. you lovely peeps). Indeed by far it’s the here and now that matters for blog articles and after a couple of days have past they are as quickly forgotten as if they never exited. Oh such vacuous creatures we are.
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It's amazing what lengths people will go to to get a $2 discount coupon
Another exciting week has come and gone, this time seeing the celebration of Thanksgiving for my American cousins, the Black Friday sales (Amazon UK did it for the first time this year but I gotta say I was quite disappointed with their selection) and of course the big ol’ shattering patch 4.0.3a for Warcraft that has got just about everyone talking. Exciting stuff, for sure.
The past seven days have also seen some excellent articles grace the MMO blogosphere. Here’s my pick of the week:
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The most vicious Mech ever assembled: WALL-E 2.
I can’t say that it’s been a hugely exciting week for MMO this past seven days and probably the most interesting things we’ve seen has been the start of the Prepetuum early access and the, um, “Pilgrim” event in World of Warcraft. Now, I could launch into a big diatribe about how MMOs shouldn’t be subjecting us to real life holidays in game, especially when they make no sense in regards other current in-game events (so Deathwing is shattering the planet yet peeps still want to celebrate Thanksgiving? Riiight). Plus, shouldn’t us Europeans get to celebrate our own special holidays like Sinterklaas and the Queen’s birthday instead of the American ones? Yeah, I could say all of that stuff but being the eternal diplomat I am, I won’t.
And so, without further adue, I give you the best of I what I call the rest. Link loveth engage.
- Pete has a first impressions write-up of Perpetuum. I enjoyed Pete’s article because it gave me a good, open insight into the game and the opinions and impressions of someone I respect. Although I was invited into the early access event myself, problems with Interweb prevented me from downloading the client so I’ve been relegated to sitting on the sidelines this weekend. Still, this MMO does hold a lot of appeal and will certainly be one I’m going to check out.
- Scott breaks the new that Second Life is going browser based. Not much information is out at this point in time but moving to a client-less mode seems like a really exciting move for Second Life. I’m a big fan of making MMOs more accessible and removing all of these hugely shackling constraints we have to suffer by (like, y’know, requiring a PC and an Internet connection). Oh and the title of the article made me chuckle.
- Gnomeaggedon has a touching article explaining his reasons for participating in Movember. It’s always a pleasure to read about the lives of MMOs players (or bloggers) because I think we all too easily forget that the people we encounter throughout the cyber world are actually living and breathing individuals. Plus moustaches rock even though I’m still battling with my insecurities about not being able to grow a proper one yet. And has anyone else noticed that the real Gnomeaggedon looks uncannily like his avatar?
- And finally the Ancient Gaming Noob exposes some more WoW phishing attempts. “This isn’t a phishing attempt. This is some sort of calculated insult to my intelligence.” Absolute genius.
Not sure if it's intentional or not but this image is bloody creepy...
This week marked a bit of a milestone for me as it saw me move into my first ever bought property. Huzzah! I am no longer at the mercy of private landlords and their fat cat profiteering. No sir, for the first time since leaving home at 19 I was able to sleep soundly at night knowing that my abode (and all of it’s responsibilities, I should add) is mine and mine alone. Definitely something to savour considering it’s the 3rd move I’ve made in 12 months and the 8th home I’ve lived in in 9 years.
Anyway, enough about my superbly interesting private life. We all know why you’re here so let’s get down and dirty with the link love:
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I wonder how many kids can't eat pumpkin pie due to suppressed Halloween related childhood traumas
Halloween happens to be a particularly uninteresting holiday here in the UK and passes by mainly unnoticed except for all of the Simpson Halloween specials that get aired on TV and a few laughs to be had at the expense of crazy drunk people in bizarre costumes. Trick-or-treating is non-existent as I suspect, just like I do, most people hide from any trick-or-treaters that happen by and won’t answer the door to them. It’s all very odd considering Wikipedia describes Halloween as annual holiday specifically observed in Scotland. Uh huh. Fact: The one and only time I ever had trick-or-treaters the kids asked for money instead of sweets. Little bastards.
Anyway, if that intro paragraph hasn’t completely killed your holiday spirit, happy Halloween everyone!
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The famous EA Louse. Not quite as famous as The Famous Grouse.
So of course the big news this week was the appearance of a anonymous blogger called EA Louse (it’s a play on the original EA Spouse name – apparently EA Grouse didn’t have the right ring to it) who proceeded to spill the beans on everything that went wrong at Mythic during the development of Warhammer Online. See, Louse was just told he’s going to be laid off and is, as one would imagine, a little disgruntled by the fact. His post provoked a huge reaction across the blog and gaming spheres (presumably because Cataclysm won’t be out for another couple of months and there’s nothing as exciting to talk about) and has drummed up plenty of drama. In other, less dramatic, news WoW patch 4.01 came out and yes, I’m still currently trying to download it all on my computers. Huzzah for things being easy (although I did discover that the new installer is far quicker than patching an existing installation – don’t ask how I know that because I will probably cry).
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Some kid, somewhere, is going to be bitterly disappointed on Christmas day.
This week’s been pretty exciting as it (finally) saw the announcement of the much anticipated Cataclysm release date. Love or hate WoW, December 7th is going to be a pretty big date in everybody’s calendar and going to be tremendously hard to ignore. Servers will crash, children will scream, parents will cry and the gates of Chaos shall be opened upon us all. In other, totally and completely unrelated news, DCU Online was delayed until early next year.
Anyhoo, this weeks BotR sees a rather random bunch of articles picked for their interest, wittery and entertainment. Expect chin stroking and cajones. Plenty of cajones.
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