Archive for June, 2012

Cataclysm Post-Mortem: Raids

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by C J Spear

With a lot of news coming out recently that seems to suggest that MoP is coming out sooner rather than later, I figured now would be a good time to look over Cataclysm in detail, to see what was good and what failed miserably. Admittedly, while I haven’t been a big fan of this expansion and a lot of things didn’t quite go to plan, there were still a lot of positives to be seen over the past two years, and I feel its important to take on board what worked just as much as its important to avoid what didn’t.

With that said, there’s absolutely no way I’m going to be able to fit everything I want to talk about into one post, and so I’ll be bringing you a series of posts over the next few weeks that will group together certain areas of the expansion, and analyse the highs and lows. To begin with I’ll be looking at raid content, starting this week with Tier 11.

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Tanking in Mists

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by C J Spear

Over the last few weeks I’ve strayed away from topics to do with WoW, mostly due to just having other things to talk about, but also partly because I realize that more universal posts can reach a wider audience. That said, I’m still doing this blog for myself rather than for readers (though it’s nice when people read and comment), and now that I’m back playing WoW you can expect a few more posts to do with it over the next couple months.

Todays post is about tanking, specifically about the direction it’s taking in Mists. Before I can get to that, however, I need to outline where the role is in the game now, to analyse the changes we’re seeing in the beta and the problems I foresee.

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Avengers Review

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by C J Spear

I did something Tuesday that I’d never done before – I went to see a film at the cinema for a second time. There were a few reasons why I went to see Avengers again – one was that I wanted to see it twice before writing this review. Another was that I figured if I was going to go to the cinema, I’d like my money to go towards a film that deserves to make a lot of money. The main reason, though, is that Avengers Assemble is freaking awesome.

Avengers does right what almost every other summer blockbuster over the past 5 years or so does wrong. It creates a massive action spectacle, but bases it around characters with depth and story, and actually makes us care about what we’re seeing and what’s happening on screen. What makes this more impressive is the fact that it could have gone so wrong, with so many characters all shoved into one film. The bulk of the main characters are fit to hold their own films (and for the most part, had their own films), and so squeezing all of them into one film and not making it feel messy or rushed was quite a feat, but one that was achieved seemlessly.

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