Posts Tagged ‘humour’


September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I always love finding references to other things – movies, books, in this case other MMOs – in games. This one made me laugh out loud.

What’s the GW2 equivalent of Men in Black Vans?

Four One Two Oh One One*

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

A pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month.

A slap and a kick for being so quick.

Funcom, how could you?! /soap opera voice

*American date standard. After all, I live here now.

PS – There will be a beta and I will be in it. Even if i have to put up with diaphanous negligees wings again. Just so you know. I an not to be put off that easily!

Categories: MMO, The Secret World Tags: , , ,

It’s all in the rat

March 2, 2011 5 comments

Yes, I’m still playing WoW — coming up to 3 months now — and yes, I’m still enjoying it, though cracks may be appearing in the facade. I have a feeling that in order to keep moving in the game, because WoW is just what it is, I’m going to end up having to do dungeons… and I’m not sure I want to, for reasons I’ve covered many times before but may yet cover again in a more up-to-date whine.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Today, we’re going to talk about killing 10 rats and how not all rats are the same.

For the last few weeks I’ve been doing dailies in the Twilight Highlands, and not really because I need to. Sure, I still need to hit exalted with them, but other than that I’m pretty much done with anything I could buy from them. There’s not much there for hunters. But the dailies are a hoot, and I tend to do them with friends in the evenings because they’re just so appropriate for winding down.

The thing to know is that these quests are given by dwarves, and by dwarves who value the finer things in life — to whit, food and beer. So the first thing we do is the Beer Run, which involves protecting a bunch of dorfs with kegs as they go from A to B. It’s hardly difficult, but it is fun, especially when there are 6 different convoys going and everyone’s all bunched up on the road. That’s a lot of beer! PROTECT THE BEER!

The next thing we do is to find more beer — because, well, one can never have enough beer. Only this time, every time you pick some up you also have to drink some, so you end up completely smashed — and you also pick up food along the way because finding beer is hungry and thirsty work.

Okay, so you also kill shit and smash a boss’s face in and all that, but the BEER is what matters. As it should be.

Before you accuse me of being a lush — which may well fit but isn’t the point under discussion — I’m just saying that there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with killing 10 rats, or guzzling 10 beers. What’s bad is when 90% of what you do is literally going out and killing 10 foozles. Inject a little humour, make people’s screens go a bit squiffy for 10 minutes, and suddenly the 10 rats become a social occasion and not a chore.

As with so many other things in MMOs (and life, come to think of it), it’s all relative.

Categories: Design, MMO, WoW Tags: , , ,

(WoW) We didn’t start the fire

February 3, 2011 1 comment

… but I did stand in it.

Sometimes the most pointless achievements are the most fun. Scratch that — it’s almost always the most pointless achievements that are the most fun.

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Monday Miscellanea: Linkage snippets

January 17, 2011 1 comment

This. If I were less polite I would rip the entire post and quote it here, but I won’t. I love me some Elder Game. Snippet:

Magical woman knowledge.

There is an unspoken assumption that women devs – and all women, in fact – have magical knowledge about women that can help us tap into the market of women gamers. (You knew about that, right? It’s a back-of-the-box bullet.)

Also, with appropriate hat-tip to Teki/Gruvy Munkie, and because trust me, it’s entirely true: Why working at home is both awesome and horrible. This made me snort coffee and laugh more than I have at some of the Penny Arcade stuff, even, so that’s saying something. PURE WIN. Safe for work, apart from the coffee-snorting bit — and of course, entirely SFW if you happen to work from home as I do.

And finally another WoW screenie — it’s part of a daring disguise escape attempt, but maybe you had to be there. Some people have complained about the number of cinematic cut-outs in Cataclysm, but I’ve been really enjoying them. Some of them are genuinely funny, which is something WoW has always been good at and finally exploits to the hilt in Cataclysm. More on this later, maybe.


Categories: Design, Misc., MMO Tags: , , , ,

FFXIV Beta Madness – it only hurts when I laugh

September 2, 2010 12 comments

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

(Last night)

Applications for the FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test have been temporarily suspended. Please wait until we are ready to accept new applications and then try again.

And also:

Yup. Definitely Open Beta time in Squeenix land.

This is not a blog post

July 28, 2010 13 comments

This is my mind today:

(c) inz-feelgood - click for artist link

I don’t know how some bloggers manage to post every day — sometimes several times a day! I’m already feeling like a large part of this month’s posting was just… filler, in a way, with very little of actual substance. Screenies and game first-impressions are all very well, but that’s not really how I conceive of this place.

Maybe being happier makes me a worse blogger. Having moved to a much nicer house in a much nicer part of the country makes me a damn sight less cranky than I used to be, which seems to equate with having less to write about. I’m also playing somewhat less — all that fresh air to be inhaled and exhaled — and paying a great deal less of attention to the teacup-storms of the MMO-gaming world.

Upside: less cranky. Downside: less to blog about.

I’m not claiming to be a cantankerous blogger — at least not for the most part — but I do want what I write to be motivated by something other than my prosaic daily experiences in-game. Some people write extremely well about their in-game life (Stargrace, Tipa), but I am not one of them. I’m more interested in what makes games and gamers tick, and lately I seem to have had few thoughts and thus little to say on that subject.

Melmoth the even-more-aptly-named has his quiet, semi-literal, wandering doldrums. I have my metaphorical blogging doldrums. Woe is me! Albatross*!

* And lo, there is an upside to everything. Even albatrosses. Albatri? (MP’s Hollywood Bowl Albatross sketch, mildly NSFW — for those who, like me, like to know what the hell they’re clicking on before they end up with BADGER BADGER** blaring in their work cubicle.)

** NOT safe for work unless you turn the sound off first, but where would be the fun in that?

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