Cancelled Raids, What to Do?

I’m sure any of us that raid on a somewhat regular basis have encountered today’s topic, a cancelled raid. Learning that your weekly raid has been cancelled is always a pain no matter how much notice you have and for some of us this can really put a damper on WoW in general. I know many people who five years later, play this game to raid…and nothing else. You’ve got to wonder what goes on behind the scenes when a raid is called, how many people are truly put into a funk for the remainder of the night, how many simply brush it off and go about their business? Continue reading

WoW’s Competition

So I started thinking, how many of us that have been playing this game for longer than a year or so have other games that we still frequent? I can easily see how people who’ve been enveloped in Azeroth since vanilla could be experiencing much more burn out, but what about the rest of us? Personally I’ve been playing WoW for just shy of three years and still have quite a bit of lasting interest. Saying this though I still have to make note of the fact that lately I’ve been seeing more things pull my time away from WoW. For whatever reason I seem to have become much more likely to put down WoW to play other PC games or take time off in general. Continue reading

Leveling…Again and Again

One statement from Blizzard in the past number of months that has shocked me was to hear that roughly 70% of created characters in WoW don’t make it past level 10. Being someone who doesn’t typically have an issue creating/leveling alts this really gets me thinking…what is it that stops so many people dead in their tracks? Surely a great deal of the inevitable end of an alt’s life has to do with the poor quest design in the old world. I’m someone who doesn’t mind burning through a starting zone I’ve played 100 times previously, it’s all about staying focused on your goals ahead and not so much on how mind numbingly boring things might be along the way. I know many people who will almost automatically drag a new ‘toon of any race to the Draenei or Blood Elf started zone to take advantage of the improved quest flow but I’ve never really been able to get into the practice. Continue reading

Case Modding and You

This is a little bit of a different topic for some and possibly something that might not normally cross your mind. The idea of modding one’s case is something that many people will dismiss as a useless waste of time or more trouble then it’s worth. Typically I find that the people offering this “criticism” are the same people who will purchase a system from a company such as Dell or HP, never having any intent of cracking it open to have a look-see. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, I wouldn’t expect my parents to be interested in the internal aesthetics of their PC but I wish that many of the nay-sayers out there would keep their mouths shut. There are many reasons to look into modifying your PC, some are purely aesthetic while many offer very tangible benefits. Continue reading

Why Blog, Why Now?

Up until recently I had considered my time in World of Warcraft to be fairly typical of many players. Aside from getting involved in a raiding guild and getting to know people via Vent I have taken on a number of other “projects” within the out of game community. My initial first hand experience in the community surrounding this game was when Stomplina and Hafrot from Rawrcast agreed to take me on doing recordings for the “Under the Hood” segment. On a weekly basis I came to the show and spent 5 to 10 minutes discussing PC hardware and relating it to the general WoW player. Unfortunately the pre-recorded nature of the segment ended up leaving me feeling slightly detached from the whole experience and my “run” on the show ended after 13 installments. Continue reading

Preview Preview, What’s In a Preview?

With the incoming swarm of information regarding Cataclysm class changes I’d like to stop and try to slow things down a bit. Yes I realize that it’s exciting to have all this shiny new information about the upcoming expansion and yes I realize that many WoW players are already feeling the pre-expansion burnout but seriously, calm down! We’re still a good five or six months away from the release of Cataclysm and many of the newly released details will change before we even get word of beta testing getting under way. Continue reading

Get Your Rig Wet

My first custom water cooling loop

Water cooling is something that even today is seen as a crazy alternative to cooling ones computer. Five to ten years ago this stigma was much more justified but today, today this very interesting hobby suffers from uneducated criticism more then anything. Like any other enthusiast level product there can be a number of reasons not to get involved, but I feel that the potential advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. It is often thought that the only (somewhat) practical reason to bother with water cooling is to overclock. While this is often true, there are still a number of alternative motives to keep in mind. Continue reading