Muses: World of Warcraft – A Thank You Letter

World of Warcraft has been out for over a decade, roughly a third of my entire life, and it has had a huge impact on me over the years. I played it for nearly 9 years straight, and intermittently following that. I have gone back a few times, and I have always kept an eye on it. Even when I say that I’m done with it, I keep going back and at least checking to see what has changed… and I don’t see that changing.

I’m not going to try to conjure some sob story, because in reality I had a pretty comfy home life. But I did suffer from bullying and social anxiety and I was ostracized a lot in school, so I never really learned how to socialize, how to value people, or how to treat people. Looking back, it is kind of hard to believe I found someone who was able to tolerate the person I was enough to stay with me to become the person I am now… but that’s neither here nor there. The point of this is that when I started playing WoW I was your typical socially awkward, angsty, angry nerd. And while some of that still holds true, I like who I am now. And a lot of that I owe to the experiences I’ve found through gaming, especially WoW. The rest I owe to the one I mentioned a second ago.

World of Warcraft

This post is going to be a combination of reliving some of the great memories and appreciating the impact this game has had on my life. I spent around 9 years with this game. It’s kind of crazy to think that I played the same game for around 1/3 of my entire life, especially thinking about how much has changed in that time. I got married, moved out from my parent’s place, bought a house, got my first full-time job, started a stuffed animal collection, started this website and so much more.

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StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void – End of an Era

StarCraft 2’s final chapter is upon is with Legacy of the Void. After the first two chapters focused almost entirely on Kerrigan – first on de-zergifying her and then on re-zergifying her – Legacy of the Void takes a different direction and focuses on a race that isn’t Kerrigan: The Protoss! But, all jokes aside, I have been waiting a long time for this so I am very glad to be writing this now.

This review is going to focus on the Co-Op Missions and the Campaigns – both the core and the epilogue – as I am not really interested in the competitive side, save as a spectator.

I know his story... I know all their stories

I know his story… I know all their stories

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Muses – Blizzard, I Think We’re Breaking Up

Blizzard and I have a lot of history. Some of the first computer games I ever played were Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2. The first game I ever played online was StarCraft. Blizzard has been a part of my gaming life for at least a decade and a half, if not longer – it’s hard to remember exactly what year it was I got my introduction to them and we hit it off really well. Their games made me happy, and I loved the communities they’d built. For a while, in my eyes they could do no wrong… but over time… that has changed. I think we’ve been drifting apart for a while, and I’ve just had a hard time recognizing it… but recently, it’s been becoming more and more obvious.

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Gallery Showcase – Ai-Kon 2014 Cosplay Contest

I’m sorry for the delay here – it’s taken a lot longer than we were hoping to get the Ai-Kon 2014 Cosplay Contest Gallery ready… but it’s finally ready, and so I’m excited to share a few of my personal favourites from it.

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Shadow’s Six – Blizzard’s Best Creations

Blizzard has recently announced that they’ve cancelled another much-anticipated title – this time the secretive Project Titan, which was supposed to be Blizzard’s next attempt at a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. In order to mourn its loss, along with the finally confirmed to be cancelled StarCraft: Ghost, I’d like to celebrate the greatest of Blizzard’s works. This is not an easy list to narrow down, because while Blizzard hasn’t released a lot of games, they’ve (nearly) all been well made and they also have a vast array of books set in their game worlds. Here we’ll highlight the best among all of those… so let’s take a trip down Blizzard’s history.

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