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  • Why Blizzard Is Right

    Posted on January 30th, 2006 Finster 11 comments

    There’s been quite the uproar over Blizzard’s decision to email a guild for advertising that it is “GLBT-friendly” as it recruited members. Since the kneejerk reaction seems to be “ZOMG!!! HOMOPHOBES!!!”

    I figured I would put forth a viewpoint that landed a little more on the side of reason.
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  • Farmer Farming

    Posted on January 26th, 2006 admin No comments

    Collecting your own materials can be a risky business in WoW. First there’s the drop rates to consider, then there’s the population from which you have those drop rates. In some cases, this amounts to 1-2% off of mobs that are only in one place in the game. But the real problem? Goldfarmers.

    Popular methods of farmer annoyance aside, a friend of mine hit on a method that he used to drive the farmer from the site entirely.
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  • New Life for Star Trek

    Posted on January 24th, 2006 Finster No comments


    Star Trek: Legacy [for Xbox 360 and PC] places you in the role of the Admiral of a task force of warships, which you control in small and large-scale battles. Test your strategic and tactical skills in real-time combat featuring authentic spaceships, full damage modeling, and spectacular visual effects.

    Star Trek: Tactical Assault [for NDS and PSP] features real-time spaceship combat from the universe of the original Star Trek series. With a wide array of authentic Star Trek races, ships, and weaponry, you can engage in single-player battle through either the Federation or Klingon campaigns or in head-to-head wireless multiplayer combat.

    Bethesda is one of the few companies that I will buy their games without renting or trying out first. Now you tell me they’ve got the Star Trek license!?!? Between this and Fallout 3, Bethesda is sitting pretty if they can make these into quality games. Oh, please, let the Star Trek franchise be redeemed.

    Gosh, I haven’t been this excited about a Star Trek game since Starfleet Command II. Not III, because that game was a dumbed-down crapfest. Starfleet Battles purity FTW!

    In related news, I read a developer’s diary for GalCiv II, and I am very intrigued. Regrettably, I was never able to commit the time to the first Galactic Civilizations game that it truly deserved. Galactic Civilizations filled a dark hole left by the garbage that was Masters of Orion III (aka Masters of Galactic Empire Upper Managers).

    I feel like that for every EA and Ubisoft out there, there are a couple small-time developers like Strategy First and others that lovingly release really great strategy games. You know, like the ones you used to play like Civilization, Masters of Orion, and Jagged Alliance. Not to disparage big developers like Bethesda and Bioware, but I am more and more impressed by the exploits of some of these smaller companies, especially for someone like me who grew up with strategy games of all kinds. And as people like me get older and older, these kinds of companies are only going to making more and more money, so I think the future is bright for strategy gaming.

  • So much for the Xbox 360 modchip

    Posted on January 18th, 2006 Finster No comments

    I know a bunch of you will read this and say, “duh,” but put together a great article [pdf] detailing all the research they’ve done on, the supposed manufacturer of an Xbox 360 modchip.

    What it boils down to, is that Ustler at Blacklisted411 has linked to eBay fraud and various other fakery shenanigans.

    For REAL Xbox 360 mod news, be sure to check out

  • Uwe Boll Watch: Kotaku Defends House of the Dead

    Posted on January 16th, 2006 Finster No comments

    Oh, for crying out loud.

    I’m not sure which is more idiotic, watching House of the Dead, or buying it on UMD!

    Seriously, between exclusive reports about Japanese trade show booths for 8 year old girls and this latest piece of tripe trying to defend one of the worst rated movies ever, I don’t see many reasons for keeping in my BlogLines subscription.

  • WoW woes… or just whining

    Posted on January 10th, 2006 Finster No comments

    A lot of people have been complaining about login problems, and such.


    I have characters on 3 servers, all old servers and I always get the warning message about logging into a “full” server. I have YET to queue. At all. Ever. Even for a second. And I play on realms that have been around a LONG time, so don’t give me this “But you play on a new realm” garbage. Quit it.

    And I’m on dial-up. 56k modem goodness. On crappy phone lines.

    I download the patch painlessly from at work and a minute to install when I get home. I login to one of my characters and everything is relatively painless. The only headache has been with mods. I got hooked on a bunch of UI mods that got nuked with 1.9, but otherwise all has been well.

    So, I have a hard time understanding some of this incessant whining that INEVITABLY happens with EVERY SINGLE PATCH.

    My message to all of you:


    For the sake of the Internet, just stop it. The 99% of us that have NO problem with playing, logging in, etc. just want the rest of you to SHUT UP. Please, make good on your threats and go play EQ2/DDO/whatfreakingever and please just be quiet.

  • Uwe Boll Watch: Interview at 1UP

    Posted on January 10th, 2006 Finster No comments has up an interview with movie genius Uwe Boll. Truly an articulate and intelligent interviewee:

    1UP: Though BloodRayne hasn’t officially screened for critics, there have been some select showings, one of which prompted a sharply negative review by Ain’t It Cool News, a site you previously told 1UP you read. Is that the response you were expecting?

    UB: no. HARRY and Quint are retards

    In case you didn’t know, in the past, Uwe Boll (arguably one of the most auspiciously bad movie directors, EVER) received financing from a laundry list of German financiers. Interestingly enough, German tax law had a loophole that allowed one to write off any expenses due to a horribly failed movie. So, naturally, rich German people found the worst producer possible, and gave him stacks and stacks of cash that they could then write-off. Well, turns out that starting this year, this particular tax loophole has been removed.

    1UP asked Uwe Boll about this.

    1UP: You’ve mentioned in other interviews that your next projects are already financed, but how will the recent change in German tax law affect later projects?

    UB: we will see

    Yes, indeed we will.

  • Xbox 360 Mod Chip!?!?!? LOLBBQ!!!!

    Posted on January 5th, 2006 Finster No comments

    So, first there was this Kiosk Disc debacle. Now, some Canucks are advertising that they will be selling a 20-30 wire modchip for the Xbox 360 for $70 within the next few weeks. (Not sure if that’s US$ or CD$.)

    Little is known about this modchip. The general feeling I’ve gotten from places like the forums, is that this is BS. Could be a scam, I suppose. If everyone chipped in a few bucks, I’d be willing to buy an Xbox 360, a modchip, and try it out. You can make your checks out to “Cash”.

    On the other hand… if this is true… whoa.

    Just… whoa.