Monthly Archives: August 2013

As many noobs in this game, I still have this childish admiration for the greatest ships in Eve: Super-Capitals. These gargantuan demigods are so big that, rumor has it, they can even work as stations! These things however, are expensive, more expensive than I could even conceive. For that, they received my unquestioning admiration. Until the battle of Asakai, the Burn Jita, and the war over the Fountain region came to shatter my idols. There were tales of hundreds and hundreds of destroyed, and a vast amount of ISK destroyed. How can Null-sec alliances afford such a waste of Titans? How do alliances get money in the first place? And how much do they make?

The Barbarian is the other melee class in Diablo 3, offering a different playing experience in comparison to the Monk. Although the Barbarian endgame builds are gimmicky, and there is very little variation from build to build in a specific set, the class is still a lot of fun to play. That level of fun exists both in the ascent from level 1 to level 60 and in said gimmicky builds. This guide will, as the last did, focus on recommending skills and gear to make the level grind as easy as possible for a new player. The Barbarian receives sufficient skills for a viable defensive build earlier than the Monk and can, with a build based off of only one skill, make it through the higher Monster Powers in the first three difficulty levels to speed the journey to Inferno.

SwordI’ve always played games in a high risk fashion, often leading to my demise in exceptionally embarrassing and disabling ways. In Eve I lose a ship at least once every three or four days. In other games, such as Minecraft, I’ve logged out one night and woke up the next morning to a hole in the ground where my base was and a rude message on a sign. However, to be honest, that’s what I love about those games. Mistakes have a cost, and your labor has worth. The destruction gives credit to your accomplishments. Success isn’t guaranteed and, in fact, it’s exceptionally unlikely. Only a minority of players are going to make it to the top. When you get there, it’s not because you could log the hours and eventually get to where you are going. It’s because you were genuinely better at the game than those around you. That kind of accomplishment and competition is what makes me enjoy the game. Which is why it consistently surprises me when I see other people, who have been playing the same game, on the same server lose their stuff, and then absolutely lose their minds.

The Monk is one of two melee classes in Diablo 3, the other being the Barbarian. However, the Monk offers a far less gimmicky endgame build and is, in my eyes, quite a bit more fun to play. This guide will focus on giving new players tips to making it to level 60 and Inferno difficulty, both of which act as the Diablo 3 endgame. Normal difficulty concludes at around level 30 and offers a very easy playing experience, so this guide will focus largely on skills available before level 30 and the steps that can be taken to improve them after that point.

With so many MMO’s choosing to go to free-to-play it is surprising that the Sci-fi MMO Wildstar will be choosing a subscription model for their players.  Players will expect to pay $14.99 for each month unless they pay for a 3, 6, or 12 month plan which reduces the monthly cost. However Carbine Studios is also taking a page out of Eve Online’s subscription plan. They are going to allow Certificates of Research, Exploration, Destruction, and Development or CREDD to be purchased for real money and then sold in game. This is exactly what Eve Online does with Pilot’s License EXtension or PLEX for their players as well. This method lets players who become wealthy in the game to essentially play for free with gold, and it allows players who don’t have much free time to purchase in game gold legitimately.

For years now gaming companies have been trying to get their product into the eSport scene with little luck. Then again, eSports in general have not had a great start either. It has been difficult to find a game that people enjoy playing long term, let alone watching; however thanks to the recent Dota 2 championship that is no longer the case. They were able to set new viewership records over the short five-day tournament. The championship held over 2.8 million dollars in prizes for participants, which was also a new record. While some of this money was funded by the company itself the rest was funded by the viewers who had the option to donate money with a portion of it going to the participants of the championship. That same week StarCraft 2 had its tournament as well and it too was quite successful. This is great news for the gaming community and even better news for the gamers, but what does it mean?

Like the headline says, THE NEW HUMBLEBUNDLE IS OUT!!!

This time with some awesome games by EA.

For everyone, who doesnt know about the humblebundle:

It is a Bundle containing various games for which you can pay whatever you want to get them. Mostly the games are DRM-Free but you get a Steam-Key as well, if you pay 1$ or more. Further, if you pay more than the average Price (which is often at about 5-6$) you get more games + their Steam/Desura Keys).

Goonswarm has announced their intention to rent their available space to other corporations in order to make more ISK.  With the war in Fountain and Delve winding down, this is not really that surprising. Wars cost money and, as valuable as those regions are, they can be worth even more if they are rented out. It appears that GSF just realized how much ISK was made from renting space and want their piece of the pie as well. However Goonswarm face a host of challenges from renting their space out to the highest bidder.

Dota 2 International Championship has finally put Esports on the map. Dota recently held its championship over a five-day period in which over 2.8 million dollars in prizes were given away. This is the largest prize given out in Esports history. This money was funded by the games creator, Valve, and the players themselves. Players could buy Compendium, which would complete set goals that gave players bonus features and in-game items for each goal earned. However, only 25% of their purchase would go to the finalists in the tournament, and while it seemed to have attracted plenty of donors I would have hoped more money would have gone to the tournament itself. There have been no numbers given on how many viewers watched the championship, but we know they had over 600,000 concurrent viewers at their peak during the tournament, which is extremely high for an Esport. Though this is only a yearly tournament it will be interesting to see how Esports begins to evolve as more companies try to move in for their piece of the pie.

 Logo  I sat down, relaxed, curious, calm. The time was six in the evening, I was prepared for a light gaming session, after a little bit of time I’d go back to dying continuously in Eve. I went through the pretty and interesting introduction video and found myself a little more interested. I came to the character creation screen. I was given choices, I chose the Defiants, the Guardians came off as just a little too hoity toity for me. When given my class choices I was a little surprised by the lack of choices but my mage was there so I wasn’t terribly miffed. After a few sliders of customization I was ready to go. Maythorn was born into Necropolis and I found myself drawn inexorably into the world of Rift.