[WoW – Hunter] Level 77 means never having to say you’re landlocked.

First off, I just want to say that I hate shouting, and I don’t think that the guy above should be asking me if I was bitten. That’s a private matter between Stillwater and his Night Elf lady friends.

Anyway, I’m proud to have finally reached level 77, and all of it from the comfort of doing Kalu’ak Dailies and Grizzly Hill quests. To date, I have not yet done Zul’Drak, and I might just skip it for the chance to do the Oracle questlines in Sholazar Basin. Just a handful of quests away from finishing up Grizzly, and then I may just head there directly.

To that end, I’m also proud to announce that level 77 also means never having to say you’re landlocked. By that, I mean I can now fly around Northrend without having to worry so much about travel expenses, and on my engineered Turbo-Charged Flying Machine, to boot!

First off though, I may need to look into the pros and cons of skipping Zul’Drak. As much as I want to do the quests in Sholazar, there may be something important in Zul’Drak that I need to do, such as a faction questline, or something else.

Would anyone care to enlighten me on the pros and cons of skipping ZD?

[Games Geekery] Two hours with Resident Evil 5

I’m back with a new monitor and a new game from the local game store, and I thought to give a write-up about my experience so far with the latest iteration of Capcom’s Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 5.

So far, I’ve spent two hours with the PS3 version of this game, and gotten through chapters 1-1 and 1-2, as well as part of 1-3, and I must say I quite like this game, even if it does take a bit of getting used to.

For one thing, the control scheme has changed again (at least, as far as I can remember it when compared to RE4), so it takes a bit of getting used to. While I could change the settings into an RE4-ish style, it seemed more fitting for me to get used to the new scheme, as even obsessive compulsive people like myself need a change of pace every so often.

One other thing I’ve noticed is that you have to team up with a partner, which, while nice in theory, isn’t my style when it comes to playing games. Resident Evil has more or less been about being by yourself against a horde of zombies (while your comrades did their own thing elsewhere), and while the added firepower and covering fire is nice, actually having a partner can be annoying in this case. *remembers the President’s Daughter in RE4*

One thing I liked was the whole weapon upgrading system that I started trying out. Making my guns more powerful is always nice, and I’ve heard that a full gun upgrade can give you unlimited ammo, so it seems like a good deal for later portions of the game.

In any event, in addition to zombified people and gun-mastery, I also encountered the first big boss of the game, which happens to be kinda like a souped up zombie covered in oily zombie worms. One brush with an incinerator, however, was all it took to take that sick puppy down.

More Resident Evil chronicles and adventures when I get back into it. Till then… don’t look behind you. 😀

[General] Technical Difficulties

Just to let any of you folks out there reading this blog, I might not be able to post for a day or two.

My monitor’s screen gets a little blurry when I try to use it, and I know it’s not my eyesight failing, so I might have to buy a new monitor so I can use my computer again.

That said, expect a new post up as soon as I can manage to scrounge up the money.

[WoW – Hunter] Becoming a Veteran of the Wrathgate

I didn’t know that this seemingly innocuous questline I followed with a missing courier could lead me to an epic questline and a new achievement. I encourage everyone who’s ever been in the Dragonblight zone to go and do the quest beginning at Star’s Rest (for the Alliance, anyway).

It doesn’t have a formal name, so let’s just call it the Veteran of the Wrathgate questline. It’s comprised of around 37 parts (more if you do some optional quests for specific areas that are close to the region you’re in), which begin with a missing courier and lead up to an epic battle at the Wrathgate, and even finishes with the storming of the Undercity.

All in all, you get some useful Blue-level upgrades for your character, an achievement, 1/3 of the Required Quests for the Dragonblight zone questing achievement, and an awesome replayable cinematic that can be accessed by talking to a giant red dragon.

For more information on the questline, feel free to check the link above for the Veteran of the Wrathgate achievement, there’s a list of links for both Alliance and Horde so that people can do the questline.

The only thing missing: a title like “Wrathgate Survivor” for following this epic quest to completion.

[WoW – Hunter] Level 75 and an accidental achievement

An hour or so ago, I hit level 75 with my Hunter… it was an anticlimactic sort of level up as I picked it up from killing a lower-leveled mob while looking for Rhino meat for one of the cooking dailies. Still, that brings me one level closer to joining my guild in the endgame, which is always good to know.

As for the accidental achievement noted above, I picked one up called Northern Exposure. I got it in the middle of performing the Kalu’ak daily quest in Kamagua, wherein I had to get two sea bulls to fall in love and, presumably, mate.

The thing that unlocked it… Attacking a larger than average penguin for no apparent reason, only to realize it was a rare enemy. Below, you’ll see screenies of King Ping and the subsequent acquisition of this little achievement.


And the Achievement:

[Music Geekery] – Meet Jero, the American-born Japanese Enka singer

Like I mentioned in my very first post on this blog, this blog isn’t just about videogames. Sometimes I’ll come up with a gem from the internet and want to post it here. In this case, I’d like to introduce you to a new musical find I’ve just spotted. His name is Jero, and he’s an American-born Enka singer.

Wikipedia’s entry on Jero has more information on the fellow, but let me say this at the very least: the guy sings Enka very well. If you check YouTube for Umiyuki by Jero, you’ll find a somewhat silly, yet enjoyable music video.

Also, CNN’s Talk Asia has done an interview with him that was also quite informative. You can view it below… if I got the html right.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3gdVIc2x4Y&hl=en&fs=1]

[Gaming] Grinding in games: not sexy.

If there’s one thing that makes me tired in a game, it’s the feeling of being repetitive.

Killing a handful of foozles (the standard literary term for random enemies… LOL) to achieve a quest goal is one thing, but the massacre of thousands of unnamed enemies for a trivial cause has to rank up there as a pretty annoying, yet seemingly unavoidable piece of work required in games for some semblance of advancement.

As I mentioned earlier, I probably killed a thousand enemies to get revered with a Burning Crusade faction in World of Warcraft. For what reason did I collect Zaxxis Insignias and Ethereum Prisoner I.D. Tags? Why, to buy the schematic that would let me make Elemental Seaforium Charges, a component required to create a Flying Machine, which was supposedly needed to create the upgraded version.

That was the hitch: I was working on obsolete information, basing my need to create a Flying Machine as a prerequisite for the epic Turbo-Charged Flying Machine. Only after spending a small fortune in gold and a bit of time grinding rep for the BC faction did I find that out.

Of course, I still made both the regular and turbo-charged flying machines, but it doesn’t erase the sting of finding out too late.

While I can understand the need to grind to achieve certain small goals in games, I don’t necessarily agree with it. Such feelings are exacerbated when one has the wrong information at hand to accurately gauge the need for the damned grind to begin with.

Sigh… maybe I should just read WoWWiki more before doing anything in Wrath. For a game this large in scope, I shouldn’t really have to though.

[WoW – Hunter] Getting back into the rhythm of beast mastery

One of the things I never thought I’d do again was go back and play World of Warcraft.

It’s been an on-and-off relationship with the game, and one that I can safely say has its own little space in my heart, mostly because it really is a world all its own.

That said, I’ve been spending the past two weeks just enjoying what the game has to offer in terms of its new class, the Death Knight, and just yesterday, I decided I want to go and take my main out for a spin in the new zone from Wrath of the Lich King.

That said, as of today I’m now level 72, and I’ve done quite a lot recently. Yesterday, I remember being a pain in the ass to Hemet Nesingwary’s overzealous hunting brethren by being an active member of the Druids for the Ethical and Humane Treatment of Animals. Today, I probably slew close to 1000 Zaxxis enemies just to level my Burning Crusade Consortium rep up to Revered for a schematic I needed to make a flying machine… only to find out that I didn’t actually need the flying machine to make the advanced model.

Oh, and I leveled up.

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That said, Beast Mastery isn’t the powerhouse it used to be, though I find myself still gravitating towards using it ever since I picked up tips from the BigRedKitty blog. While I could probably change specs, something tells me that I won’t lose my love for grabbing rare animals and using them to thrash other baddies into submission.

In any event, I’m getting back into the rhythm of shooting and commanding a pet, and it feels good to be back in the game.

Welcome to the blog!

Well, it took a bit of doing, but I’ve finally realized that Scheduled Downtimes for games you like playing are a good thing: they give you time to do other things you like to do, like blog.

In any event, if you stumbled upon this particular blog, welcome. This is pretty straightforward, as most of the content here deals specifically with video games and other things of interest to me, which usually means geeky stuff. Whether it be gadgets, World of Warcraft, the PS3, or the latest season of Kamen Rider, you can expect a post to come up here when time permits.

As it happens, there is one important thing I’ll try to implement which I picked up from a friend. that’s a two-pronged approach to tagging posts. While you will see a list of tags on the sidebar, you’ll also get a heads-up as to the nature of the post in the title, which will be placed in brackets. It’s more for my benefit than for yours, but if it just so happens that it’s useful for you, then more power to you.

In any event, let’s end this introduction and get to the actual content, shall we?