I’m off today for a week-long mission trip with our youth group, so no more updates until the 28th! In the meantime, enjoy these posts that caught my eye this past week, and check out some of the excellent blogs on my blogroll:
- The LA Times is pretty condescending, but only if you’re a girl.
- Ferrel spills his guts on why freewheeling PvP ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, and I totally agree.
- Spinks pits KOTOR vs. Planescape Torment and asks: who’s the better storyteller?
- Champions Online lays out the groundwork for its Nemesis system, although it’s still lacking in specific details.
- The Anti-Elf Anthem!
- Wolfshead crowns Brad McQuaid as the Once and Future King.
- Zenhead (er… Zen of Design) toys with whether it’s better to have shared experiences or algorithmic content in your MMO diet.
- Is constant progression needed in MMOs, or can we be happy with the status quo? PvD investigates with fancy CSI equipment.
- Shadow WAR has a one-word review of WAR’s 1.3 patch: Meh.
- Yeebo looks at the unfortunate trend of “innovative” MMOs.
- This is, indeed, an excellent way of weeding out the truly hardcore.
- Somebody needs a hug! /HUG
- BioWare sums up all their E3 preview articles, as well as the awards they collected. Smelliest T-Shirt Award, who knew?
- Raegn’s getting married! Grats man!
- What is the future of healing in MMOs? I don’t know, but if it’s anything to mirror our country today, we’ll be heading toward socialized heals (awkward political pause).
- Middle-Earth Adventurer reviews the Book 8 patch notes, and finds them mostly worthy.
- Stargrace shows off a pretty spiffy Norrath Museum created with the in game housing.
SPOTLIGHT ON… ALICE AND KEV
This is one of the more fascinating blog experiments I’ve read. Writer Robin created two homeless characters in Sims 3 — a crazy father named Kev and a downtrodden girl named Alice — and watched them as they struggled to survive in the world. Even though it’s just a game, their journey through “life” is heartwrenching, touching and sometimes utterly depressing. I’m pulling for Alice to find long-lasting happiness.