Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I read an article today about this consumer group who is suing McDonalds because they claim giving away a free toy in a kid's meal promotes childhood obesity. 

So tell me, why is it that childhood obesity is only a relatively recent problem in America, while the Happy Meal has been in existence for decades?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alpha Protocol

I ran across this little gem the other day while I was reading the reviews in PC Gamer.  It is classified as an “RPG espionage shooter”, which intrigued me enough to spend the $50 and buy it.  I'm glad I did, because so far it's a hell of a lot of fun.  It further solidifies my opinion that RPG elements do belong in shooters and can be done very well.  It was in this case. 

I'll have some screenshots a bit later (depending on how long the WoW servers stay down, of course).

Now playing: Slipknot - Gehenna - Winamp *** 3054. Slipknot - Gehenna

Friday, June 18, 2010

I tried out APB for a few hours.  Honestly, I was kind of bored.  Perhaps I'm just not in the mood to play GTA right now, or perhaps this is the classic case of finding it difficult to really get interested in an MMO (because let's face it, there's not an MMO in existence that is fun at level 1).  Not sure.  I guess I'll keep going back to it until my five hours are up. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Merely a setback.

So Cho'gall is resurrecting C'thun.

Bloody fucking hell, Blizzard, STOP IT. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

I was scanning news articles this morning, and I happened across this comment in regards to an article on the BP oil spill:

It makes me sick to see that poor bird. We're not only killing the animals but ourselves too. No wonder people all over the world are sick, tired, stressed and angry. This is not how life should be!

I'm not sick, tired, stressed, or angry.  Quit putting me in box, fucktard.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Preview of Talent Changes

Today Blizzard released previews of four class talent trees:  Priest, Rogue, Druid, and Shaman.  I'm going to provide my thoughts on four specs that I am familiar with (since I play them):  the Shadow Priest, the Enhancement Shaman, the Restoration Shaman, and the Restoration Druid.

Restoration Druid gets it's review first.

This is probably the place where I am the most disappointed, and you'll see why once you get down to the Tree of Life changes.  

For starters, you can review all the druid talent tree changes here.

I will only talk about the things that affect a "PvE Restoration Druid", so you can expect I will skip over some of the changes that have no bearing on this type of character.

A lot of changes are just flavor/tweaks, such as including Swiftmend into a lot of the talents such as Improved Rejuvenation.  Improved MotW is gone, and the reasons behind this are in-line with a lot of the homogenization that Blizzard is trying to do so that a player is brought to a raid because of their ability to play and not because they are able to provide a buff that no one else can provide. 

There's a new Blessing of the Grove talent right at the top of the tree, which buffs rejuventation.  It also buffs something for Balance and something for Feral, so it was naturally added as something a Balance or Feral druid could throw their leftover points into so it looks like they're getting something "exciting" from the resto tree.

Nature's Bounty got some neat little added things to it, the most interesting of which is the ability for Healing Touch and Nourish to have a change to reduce the cooldown of Swiftmend every time you use them.  I approve.

Swiftmend is getting a little nerf, in that it will no longer scale with how much healing your Rejuv or Regrowth heals for.  Instead, it's a base amount modified by your own spell power.  That's fine.

Empowered Touch is interesting.  Part of it stayed relatively the same, whereas it increases the healing bonus from your spell power by X%.  (It's a little lower, but I get that.)  The part about Healing Touch being more powerful when used on targets below 25% health confuses me a bit.  I realize that tanks are going to have WAY more health in Cat, and that they're going to be able to take a greater number of hits because heals are not going to heal for as much (when compared to their health pools).  I get that.  But, Healing Touch is the LONG cast-time spell.  If I find my tank below 25% health, that is time to enter near-panic mode and get him back up to a safe zone as quickly as I possible can.  Using the slowest heal I've got is certainly not the way I want to be doing that.  My only thought is that the health pools are going to be so large that even at 25% health, using a slow heal will still be the preferred and viable and efficient method to heal the tank.  But, if that's the case, then when will fast heals be useful?  Only to top people off?  It seems out of whack.  This talent also gives Nourish a change to refresh Lifebloom.  That is neat.

Efflorescence adds another AoE heal to our arsenal when Regrowth crits.  It's neat. 

The mana regen change for Revitalize is for the better.

I was pretty happy up until this point.  And then my world was shattered.  We no longer have a permanent Tree form.  It's now a 45 second long trinket on a 5 minute (or 3.5 minute talented) cooldown.  What.  The.  Fuck.  I understand the disadvantages of Tree form -- you can only cast healing spells and the benefit you get from being in tree form is boring.  I get that.  But taking the form away entirely is upsetting, at least to me.  I play a druid because each spec has a unique form to shape-shift into.  To me, that's what playing a druid is all about.  If I'm melee DPS, I'm a cat.  If I'm spell DPS, I'm an owl.  If I'm a tank, I'm a bear.  If I'm a healer, I was a tree.  Now I'm nothing.  Fuck that. 

Gift of the Earthmother changes are awesome, thank you very much.  Rejuv looks fucking great now.

So to sum this up in one easy sentence:  It all looks great except that I'm not a tree anymore.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I've not much of interest to say these days.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure my readers that I'm not dead, I guess I should at least make some lame attempts at one-sided conversation.  Let's see...

Warner Bros. bought Turbine, which is the gaming company who owns Lord of the Rings Online.  WBs first change is to make the game free to play.  Cool.  I still won't play it, but hey, I like talking about anything that's free.

The other day I read a news article about a woman who is trying to sue Google because she used Google Maps for directions, which she claims led her to be hit by a car as she tried to cross a street.  Riiiight.  Okay.  Let me know how THAT works out for you.

After Rue McClanahan died the other day, I downloaded all (except for one season) episodes of The Golden Girls.  I've only seen probably two or three episodes of that show, and seeing all the clips and footage and news articles about it since her death aroused my interest in the show.  Last night, I watched two episodes and found them charming.  It really is a product of its time. 

Valve has a surprise for us at E3.  It better fucking be Half-Life related, damn it. 

There appears to be some people who are enjoying the latest story I've been (very) slowing uploading, which surprises me considering the content. 

And yes, I realize I haven't posted a new comic in a few weeks.  I should make a comic about how making a comic about video gaming is bad because there would never be any updates due to the author playing video games. 

And go listen to the new Black Keys album.


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