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A History Lesson on MMORPGs

A History Lesson on MMORPGs

by Thunderhulk

World of Warcraft will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, with an updated 40-man LFR Molten Core raid, and some other neat little stuff like the Molten Corgi. One question that comes to mind, though, when considering that WoW has been around for a decade at this point: how the hell do you keep people playing the same game for 10 years!?

The first point here is that WoW…

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Friday Top 10: How to Lose All Your Friends

Friday Top 10: How to Lose All Your Friends

by Thunderhulk

Some games come with multiplayer features. Now, this can be completely unnecessary (Metroid Prime 2, looking at you), but often it makes for a great experience in many games. So great, in fact, that you know not to play it with friends that you want to keep around, because they WILL hate you after playing these games.

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Pokemon seems like a pretty fun,…

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Taking a Look Back at the Legendary Cloak Quest

Taking a Look Back at the Legendary Cloak Quest

by Thunderhulk

With the upcoming release of patch 6.0.2, Blizzard will be officially removing the legendary cloak quest for characters who haven’t yet started it, and it will disappear from the game entirely when Warlords of Draenor goes live. This quest chain was a new direction for Blizzard, making a legendary a primarily solo adventure; let’s take a look to see if it worked. I’ll be avoiding…

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Friday Top 10: League of Legends Skins

Friday Top 10: League of Legends Skins

by Thunderhulk

Originally, this list was going to be the top 10 League of Legends champions, but because I don’t want to get into an internet war with everyone (yes, everyone), I’m gonna go ahead and dole out the honors for the 10 best skins in the game (1 per champion, otherwise Miss Fortune stomps). Actually this’ll probably start a different Internet war, but I already started writing.

Honorab…

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Replay Value and RPGs

Replay Value and RPGs

by Thunderhulk

One of the things you hear about games from time to time is that some of them have “great replay value” or “no replay value.” What is replay value, and why should we care about it? Well, put simply, replay value is how much fun I’m getting out of a game by playing it again after I beat it. Are there different options? New adventure paths? What is going to help me take this $60…

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Microsoft Purchasing Mojang for $2.5 BILLION

Microsoft Purchasing Mojang for $2.5 BILLION

by Thunderhulk

Or these guys will eat my face.

Yes, folks, you heard it right, Mojang, creators of Minecraft and some other games that aren’t Minecraft, have been purchased by Microsoft for the nice round number of $2.5 billion. Let that sink in: $2.5 BILLION. The Buffalo Bills just sold for $1.4 billion; Mojang is literally more valuable than an NFL franchise, which is bonkers.

So what does this mean? Microsoft has been mum…

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We Are the Midcore, and We’re Here to Stay

We Are the Midcore, and We’re Here to Stay

by Thunderhulk

As gamers, one of the debates we’ve all heard or been a part of is the endless “hardcore vs. casual” debate. This can take many forms; it can be used by PC/console gamers to separate themselves from the people who play Candy Crush Saga religiously, or to assess the capabilities of different qualities of gamers (League of Legends, I’m looking at you with your Bronze V jokes,…

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Friday Top 10: Reasons We Came Back to WoW

Friday Top 10: Reasons We Came Back to WoW

by Thunderhulk

As I reported in my previous post, your intrepid authors have returned to World of Warcraft. Why? Why would we do this to ourselves? Well, I’ll tell you.

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At the beginning of Mists, Blizzard appeared to send MMO gaming back into the Stone Age (or MUD age, if you want to get technical) by making everything difficult. Gaining reputation, getting gear, acquiring JP/VP,…

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An Update

by Thunderhulk

Back in June, I wrote an article about how no, we didn’t quit writing this blog, and led off with some short reviews of cheap games I picked up on Steam during the summer sale. That was the last post on this blog, but now that various personal situations have been resolved (for instance, I got married at the end of August, and Mrs. Thunderhulk needed quite a bit of help with all…

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Are We Dead? NOPE!

Are We Dead? NOPE!

by Thunderhulk

Sure could’ve fooled you guys though, huh? We’ve been through a bit of a period in real life where writing about games and games and games got to be a bit extraneous, but of course, Gaben brings gaming back to the forefront with the Steam Summer Sale! Of course, I’ve sacrificed my wallet to the Steam Gods, and here’s how (with a little opinion on each one):

Age of Empires II: HD…

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