No parent will ever admit this, but we worry about how our children see us. Or how their friends see us. At least - we don’t want to embarrass them and turn the into social pariahs.
I remember when I was a teenager in a wrestling match, hearing a crowd of girls cheering me on - and then having them all fall silent when my mother started screaming at my opponent. I remember the guy I was wrestling looking up at me and smirking before I pinned him.
So when I was asked to chaperone my daughter’s class trip to the Japanese cultural exchange, I wasn’t too worried about becoming friends with the crowd of 11 to 13 year old kids. But I didn’t want to do anything that would make my daughter into “that girl,” the one with weird embarrassing parents.
RIFT is a fantastic MMO that Trion has not yet succeeded in turning into the next WoW clone. I say that with love, WoW fans.
Whenever I ask people if they’ve given the game a shot, I usually get the same response: “I played for a little bit, but it was too much like World of Warcraft.”
I would like to posit that most MMOs are like World of Warcraft, because WoW really just takes the best parts of every popular MMO before it, slaps those together, and becomes a whole new game. RIFT does the exact same thing, except that in the end it adds it’s own flair on top of these elements.
The flair RIFT brings to the table doesn’t really begin to shine until after you’ve hit level 13 and made it to your faction’s main city.
There has been some suspicious activity surrounding The Protomen recently. First, there was a fake Cease & Desist letter circulating, and now their website has been forwarding to Capcom-Unity since at least yesterday after a period of down time.
It is noted by a fan on their Facebook page that the “…WHOIS still shows [the] domain under control of Sound Machine” and that her best guess is “…301 htcaccess SQL injection hack to the undercarriage of the site.”
Adding to the hack theory, if you Google “The Protomen” the links on the bottom say “Canadian women cialis” and “Cialis without a prescription” in place of tours and wallpaper links.
Is it a Capcom hater trying to further smear the company’s name? Or mayhaps it’s just a hacker having some random fun?
The Protomen are a cool group of musicians who have performed at quite a few large gamer & music events. Their music tells a story based on the original Mega Man games. I believe that it is generally well known that they have a positive relationship with Capcom, so it is unlikely that this has anything to do with a real C&D. I am also pretty sure Capcom does not own or operate any erectile dysfunction pill companies.
So, who the hell is messing with The Protomen?
I would like to reiterate, since people seem to be freaking out and taking this at face value: It is EXTREMELY unlikely that Capcom has anything to do with this. It is likely just a childish hack, and with the band out on tour, we may just have to wait for them to come back and reset things.
Duels of the Planeswalkers, or how I learned to stop worrying and love Magic again.
Magic: The Gathering has always been a tough game for me to play. When you find a group of people who play for the sake of fun and enjoy each other’s company it’s a blast. The problem is that Magic tends to attract the sort of over competitive personality that is incapable of playing a game without constantly seeking a crushing victory.
I’ve had the itch to start playing again recently, but I was hesitant to go to the local gaming store for pickup games and tournaments because they are usually populated by the kind of people I don’t want to play with. I have some friends who play, but they are spread out all over the country so it’s tough to get a game going outside of PAX.
I picked up Wizards of The Coast’s new Magic video game, Duels of the Planeswalkers, over the weekend and so far I have been having a blast with it. You start out with a basic set of decks and options for online battle, co-op, and a campaign mode. The campaign is essentially a tournament bracket. Every time you beat an opponent you add their deck to your collection and move up the bracket to another battle. The CPU opponents are very tough. Be prepared for a little frustration when you first start playing. I have yet to beat the CPU on the first attempt. Usually you have to try a few decks to find a proper counter. There’s also a great deck building tool which can quickly become more time intensive then the battles themselves. I have been having a lot of fun with theorycrafting and researching cards online.
Considering that buying the physical magic cards can quickly become an expensive hobby, the $25 price tag for DoTP was very reasonable. I encourage everyone who likes playing Magic to pick it up, and that’s not just because I need people to play against. ;)
Tomorrow morning at 10:00am (Eastern), that link on the left will be working and my brand new store at http://magicalgametime.bigcartel.com will be open, complete with the 12 x 18” re-issues of the “Everything Was Perfect” prints. A lot of people have been asking for these and I’m hoping that…