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Want tips from a Pro?


A friend of mine has a stream at twitch.tv for World of Warcraft. Even if you’re just a casual gamer and just want to know information about new raids or upcoming patches, this is the guy you want to talk to. His character is known as Brotatoe and he’s guild master of “GOOGLE ME.” His character is a hunter and he plays on the khadgar server; alliance side and which i’m also a part of. Our guild is in the top 10 on the server and they raid every week. Check out Brotatoe’s Stream here!

 


Week 3 Written Opinion – Era: 1986-1994


Personal Computers also became a contender for the gaming market during this time.

What made PCs a popular choice for gamers over the typical consoles?

In the early 1990s, Sega and Nintendo discovered they had a new opponent entering the market.  The PC had began to take take over the new generation of video  game manufacturers, as the Era of Multimedia began. As sound was becoming more common in PCs, Roland and Turtle Beach were manufacturing sound cards that could handle audio files. Early PCs came with built-in speakers, but they weren’t that great. In 1989, Creative Labs introduced a cheap sound card called “Sound Blaster.” The card came with input/output jacks, MIDI/joystick port, and a 11 voice FM synthesizer. The “Sound Blaster” also became the top selling add-on card in the market. The “Sound Blaster” became the standard of the industry and companies like Gravis and MediaVision began to release their own versions of Sound Blaster. In the book “The Ultimate History of Video Games,” it mentions that Macintosh computers were more suited for gaming because the monitors had a higher resolution than the PC monitors and PCs have more compatibility problems than Macintosh.

I think that the reason PCs were becoming more popular in the early 1990s was because of the rise of multimedia. Computers were becoming more advanced visually and under the hood. The specs we’re going up and the prices were going down. People could use the computers for many purposes including web surfing, gaming, and offline use. Consoles back then were only able to do one thing, which was to play games. We can still see a little bit of that today, but as technology is advancing, consoles and electronics are becoming more powerful and mobile. This is why we see games today coming out on more than one console. Not only does it produce more profit, but it allows the buyer a little more of a variety. For some of the more popular games, developers like to make them compatible with a select console. This may seem to limit the fan base a little bit, but in the end it may produce more profit for the consoles because players may purchase a console with a sole purpose to only play a specific game.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoyed as this was an assignment for my Game History class. Feel free to comment with any ideas or thoughts!


Favorite Class: Witch Doctor


Earlier in the life of this blog i had talked about all the classes listed in diablo 3. Wanted to point out that the Witch Doctor is probably my favorite class. The reason for this is because back when i played Diablo 3, one of my favorite characters to play was the necromancer.Not just any necro, but a summoner necromancer. All i had to do was summon my army and nothing stood in my way.


7 Deadly Sins


Saw another post on the forums pertaining to the chapters or acts that will divide the campaign of diablo 3 up.  This is just an observation the person made,, but reading it made sense to me. In one of the Diablo 3 videos, a group is fighting this monster known as the “thousand pounder” But his real name is gluttony incarnate. For the ones who don’t know, the 7 deadly sins are: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. Now if i did my homework right, in the book “Dante’s InfernoHell is divided into several levels. Each of those levels are of course the 7 deadly sins. Just thought i’d share this information


Recent Rumors: Possible Spoiler


Was reading through the forums and some people were talking about the storyline. I read somewhere that after Baal was killed and his spirit left his body that it supposidly possessed Tyrael. After he destroyed the Worldstone Keep, he went missing and hasn’t been seen since. And then they talk about him destroying the heavens or something. I’ m not that savy when it comes to the lore but does anyone know anything about this?


Monthly Subscriptions?


   Many of today’s games usually come at a hefty price. If you were to play a game through Xbox Live, you would have to have a subscription with them. Plus you have to pay for the game which usually runs about 60 bucks and additional content that will probably be released over the course of the next couple of months. It can actually get pretty expensive.Same thing goes for playing PC games. You buy the game which might require some subscriptions as well. Many people don’t like the fact of havin to buy additional stuff just to play a game they have already payed for. On the other side, you can argue that it’s good to have a pay to play feature. Xbox live needs money to help keep their business and servers up. Same thing can be said for an online game on the computer. Role playing games usually have servers in which large numbers of people can pay on all at once. To have these servers up 24/7 cost a grest deal of money. That’s just one thing that costs them money. Some people think with all the money they make from selling the game and such, they should have more than enough to allow online for free. What do you all think about companies that have games that have been round for a while like Blizzard. Should companies make you pay to play? If so, should the cost be reduced? The average online MMORPG costs about 12-15 bucks a month.

6 Pay to Play Games off the top of my head:                                                    

 –World of Warcraft                                                                                                               

Dc Universe                                                                                                                               

Final Fantasy (Xbox Version require ADDITIONAL subscription)                 

Star Trek                                                                                                                                 –

Rift                                                                                                                                       

Aion       

6 Free to Play games off the top of my head:

-Playstation Network/Games

Wii games

Facebook/Game sites

Mario Kart!

Minecraft

 -Many popular console games such as call of duty are free to play on the computer


What DarkSporeBlog will be about


Before Darkspore comes out, i wanted to let everyone to know what it’s going to be about. If you managd to stumble upon my… i mean that youtube channel you will notice a few character editing videos along with some gameplay and cutscene videos. When it officially comes out i will probably be making a few montages, reviews, and maybe some tutorial as well.


Games to play while waiting for Diablo 3


A while back i talked about how Torchlight did well when it went to console here. Torchlight is almost exactly like Diablo 3 except for it doesn’t have multiplayer. Although, when Torchlight 2 comes out there will be. It’s made by some of the old developers from Blizzard North. There are a million items you can gather and you can explore countless numbers of dungeons.  Darkspore is another MMORPG that i would highly recommend. If you have ever played the game Spore, think of how you can make monsters and throw in a little hack and slash and that’s Darkspore. Darkspore comes out the 26th of April and i will be trying to make a blog about it here. Obviously if you click on it its going to take you to a BLAH page. I’ll update it as soon as it comes out. I have tons of beta footage recorded and i didn’t want to get in trouble showing it. But there’s a youtube channel that coincidently has my webpage as a username. You can check that out here 😉


Most Anticipated Game of The Year?


Along with Diablo 3 being  in development for several years. There has been a rumor going around the web that Blizzard plans on releasing the game towards the end of the year. If this is true would you say that this could be the most anticipated game of the year? If not, then what game do you think would be considered that?


What I call a good game


For a game to be good it has to meet one  of my  most important standards. A game can’t be just single player. First game that comes to mind is a game called Fallout 3. AMAZING game yet it lacked the one thing that grinds my gears, multiplayer. Back before they fixed the game’s ending, you would beat it and be like “WHAT???” And the only way to play it  before was to have a earlier game save and skip the final mission. Singleplayer may have been cool a couple of years ago, but now it’s not. Multiplayer is the best way to keep a game “alive”  Of couse the downside of this is now game developers are making games shorter and shorter and focusing on the multiplayer aspect. But honestly, i’m cool with that. But i’m not cool with spending 60-70 bucks on a game just to player online with people. Because then you have to pay for game addons, monthly subscriptions and so forth. As long as the game can provide a somewhat satisfying storyline, and maybe provide the opportunity to play with people through that, that would bring me one step closer to consider buying the game. There are plenty of games out there that are short but provide endless possibilities online. Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War and Bulletstorm are some of the games that i can think of off the top of my head.