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The Expansion Agenda—Where To Begin?
2010/08/19 at 6:36 PM
In 2006, when the release of the Burning Crusade was not too far away, I remember feeling rushed to level my paladin to the level cap before it was raised. I didn't think I'd manage to make it in time, but luckily for me I did, and with very little time to spare. In retrospect, this was also a bad thing, too, because by that time almost everyone had very little need or interest to go to instances like
, which I needed to do for the quest chain to get the
. Despite the setback, I was ready for the Burning Crusade expansion like most other people, and couldn't wait to start leveling my paladin again.
And then came the day of the expansion's release. As soon as I picked up my preordered copy of the Burning Crusade, I remembered thinking, "Forget my paladin, I want to play the new races!" That's right, the level 60 paladin into which I had put countless hours of work was abandoned because of a brand new Draenei Shaman on my character list. I spent a month or so leveling my shaman before I finally realized that all the time that I had put into my new shaman should have been used on my paladin instead.
Games to Teach the Youth
2010/08/03 at 3:12 PM
For most of my life I have been unhappy with the education that has been offered to me. Few countries know how to deal with gifted or troubled students, and only a few teachers are able to act properly when they find one. The bane of the genius and the idiot is to never be understood, they say. Well, I did a little thinking, some more talking, and finally decided to do some writing on the topic as well. Why do we often find education inadequate, and why are students growing increasingly uninterested in the classroom activities?
A simple answer would be something like "They are not interesting." Well, let's stick with this and try to figure out how to make learning more interesting. After all you can be the greatest teacher the world has ever known and will ever know, but if your students are not interested in the stuff you are talking about, almost all of your talent is wasted. We can look at neurobiology, or at religion, or at psychology, or at philosophy, and we would probably find some pretty good answers. However, I would like to offer you a drastically different approach to the problem - let's look at games.
Thoughts on Battle.net 2.0
2010/06/14 at 5:32 PM
has posted a very interesting story about the new improvements to
There are some very interesting improvements to the Battle.net system coming up with Battle.net 2.0, but there are also some strange—and some would say glaring—omissions. Got some opinions on the subject? Let us know!
The full story is here:
Wrath of the Lich King: Exhausted?
2010/05/24 at 2:02 PM
I have been playing WoW for close to 3 years now, I think. One of the main things that has kept me
in the game so long was a basic MMORPG concept, that Blizzard developed to great heights - there is always stuff to do. If it's not leveling, then it's questing. If it's not questing, it's money-making. If it's not money-making, it's gearing up. If it's not gearing up, it's raiding. If it's not raiding, it's achievement farming. I could probably go on for a while (without mentioning PvP, I don't really do that).
So okay, there is always stuff to do. The game is endless, and that's one of its charms.
2010/04/14 at 6:47 PM
Personally, I prefer
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Advance Wars 2
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
(Never really played the first
), and I'll tell you why.
In Advance Wars: Dual Strike (AWDS), as you play, you unlock skills (+8% attack, faster movement through woods and grass, etc.) that you can equip on your commanding officers before a match. If you get all the highest level skills, and equip them on your two commanding officers, much of the normal campaign becomes incredibly easy. I'm capable of playing through it without paying too much attention, and using it to unwind when I don't want to have to think about anything too hard.
On the flip side, it also has the hard campaign, which assumes you have the best possible COs and the best possible skills, and is still designed to give you a challenge. None of the other Advance Wars games had this abilit
Gaming Can Make a Better World
2010/03/22 at 8:22 PM
Seeing that you have found this blog post, you have probably seen our last one as well -
Wowhead Interview on the Rawrcast
. I would like to bring to your attention a video that was posted on the
. It's a video published by
, which is a non-profit dedicated to spreading ideas that can change the world. Here is the direct link to the video on TED:
Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World
Catchy title, isn't it? Feel free to watch it there on the TED site, or you can view it here after the break.
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