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New WoW Achievement

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Purified by Fire – Stand in any damaging void zones for 10 consecutive seconds.

Don’t Worry, I Got This! – Queue as a tank spec while in DPS spec and gear.

Bio Break – Finish an entire fight with auto-attacks as 95% of your total damage dealt.

I’m On a Budget – Finish an entire fight with no gems or enchants in any piece of gear.

Pre-emptive Strike – As a non-tank specialization, pull a boss before a ready check is performed.

Sorry I’m Busy! – While a boss is pulled, be a minimum of 100 yards away from the raid group.

Sorry I’m Busy, Extra Credit – Achieve “Sorry I’m Busy!” while sitting in any major city.

Huntarded – Complete the first 1 minute of any boss fight while Aspect of the Pack is active.

PVP Power! – Defeat any boss while wearing PVP equipment in each slot.

The Leech – Complete one of the following:
– Complete an entire raid without doing any damage as a DPS specialization.
– Complete an entire raid without healing anyone as a Healing specialization.
– Complete an entire raid without gaining aggro on a single mob as a Tank specialization.

Screw you guys, I’m going home! – Leave an instance group in the first 20 seconds of a boss fight.

No, He’s Mine! – As a tank specialization, taunt a boss every 15 seconds or less for the duration of the fight.

No, He’s Mine! Part 2 – While not in a tank specialization, taunt a boss every 15 seconds or less for the duration of the fight.

Who Did That?! - Activate Bloodlust or Heroism while not in combat.

WHY WON’T YOU DODGE?! – Accept a battle resurrection 3 times in a single boss fight.

What Happened? – Cause a boss to enrage.


As with most dungeon meta achievements, you get a mount as a reward for completion:


Dota2 Goes Nerdier Than Ever

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What’s more fun than getting raped by a team full of ward-buying losers? Cards that show all their nerdy faces and stats!

Asperger: The Gathering, gotta catch ‘em all!



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Big Flopping Last Night In OKC

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Not content with losing on their home court to Clutch City, the Thunder resorted to playing Hack-Asik in the fourth quarter.

Big Omer responded by hitting 8 of 12 and cementing the victory after James Harden went 7 for 7 from downtown.


Despite OKC losing Westbrook and their chances of reaching the Finals dropping by the minute, Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin made up for his lost offense with this stunningly beautiful play:




Two flops for the price of one!



Why Do MMOs Appeal To Aspergians & OCD-Types?

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Case in point, this dude.

 OCD cost me $2000 in this game. My sad story.

1 Human Mage
I’ve played since December 2004. Yet, during these years, I’d play for a few months and quit, not even a few months, and rebuy the game. I had this extreme OCD where I couldn’t have faith in my decisions, and constantly, and I mean constantly, re-rolled my characters. I leveled about 500 characters from 1-26ish, deleted them because I wanted to be a different race or class for some reason, or because they felt cursed.

This process led to me going a bit mad, and I would spam the forums trolling, simply for an outlet for my frustration, and get banned. I did this for like 5 accounts. I’ve also gotten 6 accounts with MoP, only one which I use.

Anyway I finally got a character to max level in 2011, and I was so excited, despite having to use over 30 restores after deleting him. Anyway I learned about race/server transfers and ended up spending literally $2000 on them. I’d go to a PvP server to do world PvP, then I found it pointless, going to RP, and back, etc. Yes it is a severe problem for me.

It has caused me so much frustration, I just wanted to finally play this game and get some high level characters that I don’t change for a year or more, and enjoy the content like everyone else. I’ve finally had some success, but I still get urges to trash everything.

Just wanted to share my story incase anyone else suffered through this. I’m finally making some progress and I love every minute I can play WoW and work towards progressing in the game and making friends.

That’s the other problem, I make friends quite easily, but I get the urge to server transfer and thus hide from all friends. I’ve lost about 20 people this way I could’ve made friends with, and just like in real life where I move every 1-2 years to a new city, it has caused me painful loneliness.

Maybe this will get deleted, fair enough. I just wanted to share my story with the world for two reasons. One, to make you feel better about your lot in life and WoW, and two, to see if anyone else has similar stories.

Every few weeks I think of all that wasted money and it makes me sad, thinking all the games I could’ve bought for it. But I realize now that regret is a pointless emotion. I’ve always wanted to be a respected member of the forum community like an MvP who contributes constructively, but my condition made it so that I would often use these forums to troll people, simple because it provided me some respite from my painful experiences.

Everything here is true, I could even show receipts proving the money I’ve spent… or the three WoW game classic boxes and manuals I’ve thrown out over there years. I’m not rich either, this money is the only entertainment money I have had, but at least I feel glad to have supported Blizzard, a game company I love.

I wasn’t sure if I should’ve posted this at all, but it feels better to share it to people, like this awful secret that has been festering inside me. I really wish I could’ve raided, PvP’d, even roleplayed in classic, TBC, Wrath, etc, but because of the way things were for me, it wasn’t an option. I wish I had those achievements other people playing since 2004 have, but alas, such is fate…


– WW

Jay Wilson Is Still Fucking Up Diablo 3

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Our favorite game developer drops some big info on pvp in D3:

“it isn’t in, it won’t be in for a long time, what we were working on sucked, aren’t you thankful?”

The biggest joke ever keeps on delivering, but at least you’ll be able to duel the 14 other people that still play!

We’ve been working really hard on the features, content, and systems for PvP in Diablo III and I wanted to take some time to provide an update on where we’re at. Of course, our goal has been to release our Team Deathmatch mode as soon as possible, but we don’t want to put anything out there before it’s ready. Right now, Team Deathmatch isn’t yet where we want it to be, and I want to provide some insight into where we are at in the development process.

The State of PvP

Our original intent with PvP for Diablo III was to provide more formal support for the dueling community that existed in Diablo II. We wanted to give players some kind of structure that would not only make it easier for you to duel with one another, but also allow you to have duels that were team-based. This is how our Team Deathmatch mode emerged, and it’s been instrumental in making a lot of improvements to Diablo III. But in continuing to develop this mode, playtest it, and put it in front of other developers within the company, we’ve found that it falls short of our expectations for a high-quality Blizzard experience.

Putting people into an arena and letting them hurl fireballs and swing crazy-ass swords at one another always has an element of fun to it.  I imagine it’s no surprise to anyone reading this blog that people like battling each other in video games, so if you had the chance to play our Team Deathmatch at one of the BlizzCons where we featured it you might not understand why we’d say that we don’t feel the current mode is good enough.


Well, Here’s Why…

For us it comes to a few issues, one of which is depth.  Simply fighting each other with no other objectives or choices to make gets old relatively quickly.  We’ve brought a lot of people in to try out Team Deathmatch and, while some found it entertaining, most of our testers didn’t feel like it was something they’d want to do beyond a few hours. Without more varied objectives, or very lucrative rewards, few saw our current iteration as something they’d want spend a lot of time in.

Another is class balance. Like Diablo II, Diablo III was designed to be a PvE-first kind of game, where we never compromised on player abilities in the name of future PvP balance.  We want to be able to carry over as many of the crazy runes, items, and skills as possible, with their crazy effects, and alter them as little as possible. In a casual PvP mode, something equivalent to a WoW Battleground, this would be fine, but Team Deathmatch felt very hardcore, and it put a laser focus on class balance in a way that we didn’t think would be good for the game as a whole.

Certainly, we’ve gotten a lot of benefits from the development of Team Deathmatch, especially in the areas of controls and combat model tuning, but at this point we don’t believe it’s the experience we feel it needs to be in order to ship, so we will be shelving it for now and exploring other options.


What’s Next

So, our core problem is that our Team Deathmatch mode doesn’t feel like a great addition to Diablo III. It’s not up to the quality that Blizzard gamers expect or that we feel you deserve, and it doesn’t really fit with our goals for the rest of the game. The question now is what are we going to do about it?

First and foremost, if our original goal was to support dueling, then we’re not achieving that goal very well if we don’t actually give players a way to duel in-game. You’ve been asking us for dueling for a while, so we’re going to add it to the game soon. Dueling is currently scheduled to release with patch 1.0.7, which is set to hit sometime after the new year. (We’ll be providing details about that feature very soon, so stay tuned.)

But as I mentioned before, we are going back to the drawing board on a new replacement for Team Deathmatch, something that feels more appropriate for Diablo III.  And as we stated previously, regardless of when we release it, it’ll be a free addition to the game. Team Deathmatch provided us with the foundation that we needed and served us well. Hell, it may even still be added in some form in the future. For now, though, we’re going to first be looking at new modes that play up to the strengths of the character classes, focus on objectives beyond just defeating other players, and possibly even integrate PvE elements and rewards.


Keepin’ It Real

We wanted to be upfront and honest with the community about where this particular project is at. It’s certainly not ideal, and I know some of you got to play Team Deathmatch at BlizzCon and are probably thinking, “It seemed good enough! Just give us that.” I also know how I feel whenever a game or game feature I’m looking forward to is delayed, but, as with all things Blizzard, we want to be sure that the features we add to Diablo III are actually worth it and will make the game better, and PvP is no exception.

While we don’t have any further information to share right now about our plans for additional PvP modes, we look forward to posting more about dueling in the next few days.

Thanksgiving 2012

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It is that special time of year again; the nationwide sacrifice of 45 million turkeys to the god of genocide.

Eat up, fuckers.

With that being said, here are the things I’m thankful for this year:

  • My wife
    Another year of putting up with my bullshit. How and why I have no clue, but it is impressive.
  • Jay Wilson
    He destroyed one of the greatest franchises in gaming and saved me a lot of time by not waiting for Diablo 4
    Made me realize that anything that promises to not suck is going to be the worst game of all time.
  • Mists Of Pandaria
    Finally gave me a farm to plant juicycrunch carrots on.
  • Mitt Romney
    Showed the world that 48% of this country is unequivocally stupid
  • Barack Obama
    Showed the world that 52% of this country is smarter than the average evangelical.
  •  My friends
    They bought D3 & SWTOR yet they still talk to me for some reason.
  • My family
    They have stopped calling me a nerdy loser for the most part. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THAT HURT ME.
  • The proclivity of politicians to eat corn dogs
    The pictures of them eating them in extremely suggestive ways have made me quite a bit of cash. Thanks, google images!
  • Brazil/The Phillipines/Eastern Europe/Australia
    Without any of these fine places, my gaming experience would be significantly reduced. Keep on gaming, fellas. Dota2 would suck without you!


World War Z

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I am going to save myself a little dignity and forego a huge rant about zombie fiction purity, but I will say this:

What a fucking travesty. These aren’t even ‘fast’ zombies, they look like they’re fucking Usain Bolt. Standard doomsday movie tropes, no preservation of the structure of the book, I hope this movie bombs and bombs hard.

So Long, Mitt

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You won’t be missed.



Man Killed For His M:TG Deck

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Sources say that the victim, Sean Dugas, drew all Moxes and Black Lotus on his opening hand the game before he was murdered.

I would have killed the fucker too.

William Cormier, 31, is accused of beating Dugas to death Aug. 27 at his home in Pensacola.

Dugas’ cards, valued at somewhere between $25,000 and $100,000, ultimately were sold in Pensacola, Georgia and Tennessee, police said.

Dugas’ body was taken to Winder, Ga., where it was found Oct. 8, buried in a plastic container in the backyard of a home. Now held in Georgia, William Cormier and his twin brother, Christopher, will be returned to Pensacola to face charges in the homicide.

Hawken Closed Beta Event

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Hawken is a mech combat game that I’ve been waiting to play for a while now. Since Mechwarrior Online looks like it is going to be pretty shitty, this is the shining beacon of hope for mech games.

I have the privilege of participating in the first closed beta event this weekend, and since there’s no NDA, I’ll make sure to fraps some gameplay and bitch about shit I don’t like about the game.


HAWKEN’s first Closed Beta event is right around the corner! The event starts around 12:00 PM on October 26 and runs until Monday evening, October 29 at 11:59 PM. All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (-8 GMT). To join this event, grab a code from one of the many giveaways we’re holding this week on partner websites. If you participated in Alpha 2, you’re all set and do not need to redeem a new code. There is no non-disclosure agreement for the Closed Beta events; we encourage you to capture footage and screenshots of your battles and share them. Please remember that the Alpha 2 NDA remains in effect.

How do I get into the Closed Beta?
Got your Closed Beta code? Log into your account (or create one!) on the website. In the upper right corner is the Redeem Code link. Click that and enter your code. If the code is legit, you will be taken to the download client page with full details on the event. Click the DOWNLOAD CLIENT button to begin downloading the client. If you have the Alpha 2 client, you’ll need to uninstall it before you install the Closed Beta client.

What if I was in Alpha 2?
If you participated or were invited to participate in Alpha 2, your HAWKEN account has already been flagged for access to Closed Beta. You do not need to redeem a Closed Beta code, please forward any you find to other eager players! Instead, log into your account and click the ENTER BETA button on the website, then follow the instructions to download the client.

Public Closed Beta Forums
We’ll be introducing a new forum section just for Closed Beta including News, Discussion, Suggestions, Support, and Bug Reports subforums. This forum will be readable by all but you’ll need to be in Closed Beta to post in them. Expect this new section shortly!

First Closed Beta Screenshot Contest
Stay tuned for details on our Closed Beta screenshot contest coming tomorrow!

From all of us at Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games, we’re thrilled you’re here to share this milestone. We look forward to seeing you all in-game very soon!

Still have questions? Read on!

Will there be more than one event?
Yes! We’ll announce future events in the coming weeks.

Where can I get a Closed Beta code?
You can stay on top of our news, including links to Closed Beta code giveaways, on Twitter and Facebook.

Do I need multiple codes for multiple events?
No, you only need to redeem one Closed Beta code to access all events.

Can I post footage of any Closed Beta event?
YES! There is no NDA during Closed Beta, so feel free to share your experiences and footage!

Help! I broke it!
If you experience any issues with the Closed Beta, see if there’s a discussion about it in the Closed Beta Support section of the forums.