The MMO Tab

Hello everyone, this is Joshua “Riknas” from Riknas Rants. I regret to inform you that Windsoar has been kidnapped by Illidan in…wait, no that’s not it… I mean Windsoar’s home is under siege by the Lich Ki– that doesn’t sound right either.

Okay, I’ve got it. By right of conquest, I have defeated Windsoar and taken the Jaded Alt blo- okay, this sucks. Forget it.

Windsoar said I could write a guest post on her blog and here I am. Go figure.

Today’s topic is about your internet browser, for instance, the one that you’re viewing this blog on. Be it Safari, Firefox (woo!), Chrome, or even Internet Explorer, all of these modern browsers are capable of tabbed browsing now. This turns out to be far more convenient than back when we wanted to see a new website without switching pages that we would have to boot up another instance of your chosen browser. Even now, I can already sense you thinking of clicking to your next tab to look at explicit material (that’s right, I can tell)… HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, WE’RE NOT DONE YET.

So, you can play MMOs, and can you can look at multiple tabs. Have you thought about actually playing an MMO while browsing the internet, without having to minimize the program? Well, get this. You can. Pretty cool, right?

Cooler than this at least.

That said, browser based games have been around for years. The original Runescape actually came out in 2001 roughly the same time as Anarchy Online. Now, that’s not to say that they were actually on par with the capabilities of games back then, because they definitely were not.

Behold my 2D-looking glory!

However, they have come a very long way since they first were developed, and while they will never be on par with that of games that you need to install, due to the nature of the technologies, they are not something that should be dismissed out of hand. Take a look at what we can get now.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Try lava and a dragon.

And of course, Runescape is definitely not the only browser MMO out there. Ogame is a fascinating strategy sci-fi game that focuses on number crunching and resource gathering while expertly disguising it with planet images, pictures of massive turrets, and most importantly, spaceships. It relies heavily on player dynamics with people colonizing planets in new systems, building defenses, exploring space, and forming grand fleets. You can also pick whichever aspect of gameplay you prefer and focus on that. You can elect to either become friendly with other empires, or declare war on the first poor sap you find. Actually,  there are a surprising number of sci-fi browser games, especially ones involving twitch-based space combat. Games like Battle Star Galactica Online and Dark Orbit immediately come to mind.

Along with that we have the infamous Evony, which generated a great deal of controversy with an advertising campaign that relied heavily on images of scantily clad women (No, I’m not linking those)…which had absolutely nothing to do with the game itself. Even so, no one can deny the game’s success, as it has since evolved into “Evony: Age II”. Despite that, their methods of self-promotion remain ridiculous, as they go on to say that, “It’s a free browser game and takes only 5 minutes to learn, and is extremely fun.” Whoa, this game is fun? Well hot damn, sign me up!

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!!!!!!!

And with all that said, I suggest you click open a new tab, and check some of these games out.

Riknas, signing off!

Diablo 3 Auction Houses

Diablo 3 AH is a game changer in every sense. However I’ve not seen a lot of analysis and if possible, even less since the rates have been announced. Sure people have been gasping and saying “Two AHs?  What does it mean!?” for months now but that doesn’t really count.  So here’s a bit of analysis:

The Diablo 3 AH will be very different from current expectations now that the rate structure is out. It’s a fair bit more expensive than expected.
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Elitism: You’ve put in the hours… Expectations and You.

Raiding is all about imperfect execution and doing it again and again until you get it right. However there’s a big difference between someone who can’t deliver proper execution and someone who is a faillock noob that’s standing in fire all time. I’m very forgiving of one, but not so much of the other.

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No Strings Attached

Please welcome Oestrus, who writes about all things holy priest at The Stories of O.

To me, running random Heroics is a lot like having a one night stand.

People decide they want one for a number of reasons. Maybe you have a genuine need for something or you just have a lot of free time on your hands. Maybe you weren’t in the right frame of mind when you decided it was a good idea. Perhaps you were lonely or desperate, even intoxicated. Continue reading

Real Life Raiding Skills

Hi everyone, Sam here from Top Rosters. Windsoar has kindly allowed me to guest post on Jaded Alt and so I thought I would try and tackle a topic that has interested me for a while.

I remember reading an article a long time ago about a guy who used his World of Warcraft experiences to get a job. This guy was a regular raider and long time player and he secured a job by demonstrating real life skills through his online endeavours. This really grabbed my attention as I had never really considered the transferrable skills that you learn whilst playing this game that we all love. It sparked a fanciful daydream of a world in which CVs would have an “achievements” section in which you would write down any exceptional feats that you had accomplished ingame. Gaming would be seen as worthwhile a “hobby” as any other cited in real life interviews. Continue reading

Guest Post: Reforging: In Depth (Part 1)

Please welcome our guest Brunpal who slays internet dragons with me every week with the ProCo team!

Ever say this?
“I can’t use that item because it has too much Hit on it and I’m already at the cap.”

I know I’ve said that myself before 4.01, but now it always makes me cringe. It’s not true anymore and it will never be true again as long as reforging exists. If it’s higher ilvl and has stats you use then it’s an upgrade and you can use it right now in your current gear. Just reforge other gear to make room.

Most players know about reforging by now so I’m not going to cover the basics. I’m constantly surprised how underutilized reforging generally is by players. Basically everyone should be reforging almost all of their gear all of the time.
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Guest Post: How to Raid… Casually!

Please welcome our guest Jack, who regularly writes about raiding casually at his home The Casual Raider.

Casual raiding means different things to different people but for me it’s being able to raid and clear end-game content without having to spend all of my time either in WoW or studying for the next raid. Here are a few hints, tips, and tricks to help you keep up in raids without having to give up on other aspects of your life.

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Guest Post: Resto Druids to be (even more) Awesome in 4.1

Please welcome our guest Naithin who regularly chats about gaming, including World of Warcraft, at his place: Fun In Games.

Shamans too, but eh. Let’s not worry too much about them. Druids are better and we all know it. In fact, if you were to tie one arm behind a druid’s back, and have them do a hand-stand with the remaining free hand atop a mount hopping about on one leg? Druid’s would still be better. So there. Also, wouldn’t that be something to see?

Anyway. Now that we’ve settled that and got it out of the way, let’s get down to business. With Patch 4.1 information starting to come to light, I’ve been bouncing in my seat — albeit not while performing a handstand on a hopping mount, however disappointing that news may be — waiting for information on the form of the impending +Awesome to Druids is going to take. Continue reading