Quite a long time passed since the last post in which I talked about the stories and roles played by the girls of Azeroth … Now at last I finally decided to make the fifth part in the series and talk about the human babes (who are more or less humane, depending on the case) that we have loved playing alongside or why not even playing with (depending on the game we talk about). Without further dealys let us get started with one of them ladies that we haven’t seen throughout our travels in Azeroth, but whose presence and mighty destiny have played a crucial role in the development of the story as we know it.

Magna Aegwynn (Guardian of Tirisfal)

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This lovely lady here is probably one of those few persons in the world that actually had more power than anyone should be allowed to wield and throughout her time as Guardian her rule was filled with awesome and epic events … So epic they were that you find her legend being passed on through a whole bunch of books you might just find yourself reading at one point or another (if you want to become “Well Read” – in azerothian terms obviously). Even if we never see her within the game world, Aegwynn and her legacy was and will be forever a defining part of Azeroth’s history, from her fight with Sargeras, to the destiny of her son (Medivh) and as we will soon see grandson (if the name Med’an doesn’t ring a bell you should really work on your lore) she will always have a place of worth among the legends of the world (of Warcraft).

Lady Jaina Proudmoore (Grand Magus of The Kirin Tor)

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Quite frankly this charming lass should be one of the best known girls on the face of the whole Azeroth. She started out small in WC3 and moved upwards from there by having passed through a whole bunch events that shaped her into a perfect leader … A little ruthless and quite unnaturally hateful and with a little help and advice from the previously mentioned lass on the list she will surely have an even greater role to play in the story of Warcraft. Now I honestly hope that they’ll turn her into a villain at some point and have her wear some skimpier garments as a result of that (not that her current whereabouts are all that puritan, but still … she could do better), but either way she clearly had a huge impact so far and will certainly contiue to enchat us with her charming looks and archmage style.

Gwen Armstead (Mayor of Duskhaven)

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Who says that women in Azeroth don’t get to have their say in politics? Well miss Gwen here present played her role quite well in the story of Gilneas and their passage from a secluded faction of humans to the ferocious worgen that joined the Alliance. We get to find her all over the gilnean starting zone and move on alongside her up until we finally reach the more or less permanent home of the wolf people within the Howling Oak of Darnassus. ‘Tis really odd if you ask me that although she was right there in the middle of the action from start to finish she somehow managed to escape the worgenish corruption and managed to make it out alive and in one piece, but then again who am I to judge the mayor, right? Cause after all she might just be having a “wild side” as well somewhere within that soul of hers …

Lorna Crowley (Commander of the Gilneas Liberation Front)

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Now if you thought that Gwen was quite an exceptional example of feminism within video games, wait till you see this enchanting lady with roses in her hair. Miss Crowley, is also part of the Gilnean adventure as she is the daughter of one of the leaders that will defend the city against the rampaging forsaken at first (Lord Darius Crowley) and then will continue to fight them all for the next few expansions in the form of the liberation front alongside his daughter and some other wolf dudes. She leads the assault and fights valiantly throughout the starting campaign, all the way from her family orchard up until the Horde’s gunship she’s right in the middle of the action accompanied by nothing else but her wits and that big blunderbuss of hers. She sure leaved a good enough of an impression to make me give her a spot on my list and I sure do hope that at some point she might just get a more proeminent role in the story of the Alliance and who knows maybe even win the darned Battle for Gilneas.

Anveena Teague (Avatar of the Sunwell)

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And the final lady on our list that happens to cover humans this time isn’t really a human but at least she looks humans so I guess that will do it. Anveena, who, as we know from the comics was created by Krasus (that’s the Dragon Queen’s Consort) when the Sunwell was destroyed embodies all that remains of the once mighty powers of the High Elves’ source of power. She appeared to be a kind and fair young lass from Tarren Mill with unknown origins (origins which are only later cleared) and o my she has quite an anime ring to herself, doesn’t she? In terms of story she remains hidden up until the events of the Burning Crusade and then after the defeat of Kil’Jaden (well sort of a defeat) she takes her place back within the Sunwell … If you are a lore junkie then I am sure that you must be familar with the reaction of Lady Liadrin when she sees the Sunwell remade and the legacy and power of her people restored.

With these being said I must conclude this post as well because youall  knowvery well  that all that begins must have an end as well. There still are a few babes which I would like to mention and hopefully at some point in the future we might just deal with them as well. For now I thank you for dropping by, reading, watching the pictures and whatever you might be doing around there and I hope to be back soon enough with some more content. For now, take care and enjoy your game.

There’s been over two weeks since the spankin’ new expansion for World of Wacraft went live and by now almost everyone is over the initial hype so I assume it would be good to draw some conclusions while we deal with the aftermath of the launch (that is in terms of guides and achievements). Now I don’t now about you, but leveling from 90 to 100 has been quite a pleasant experience for me, however I only managed to get a few feats of strength and I am quite sure that none of you managed to get that realm’s first either on level or even on professions or I don’t know what else might there be of the sort (if you did then congrats to you) … For those who didn’t I say 0don’t worry for those kind of “feats”are reserved for a special breed of players and be happy you ain’t one of those (at least that’s what I think, but feel free to contradict if you like – and if you are one of them then take no offense, I am player myself –  a casual one, but still a player). Thus in the wake of the leveling frenzy and exploration of the new content there was a lot of talk about the guides and addons and their purpose in the world of Azeroth and as with everything the opinions were divided, most people not really finding them useful while a select few (who managed to master them) contradict the unknowing majority and say that they all work just fine.

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As I assume that you know if you’ve been reading through the blog I only promoted Zygor directly during the launch and in these two weeks following the release of the expansion due to various reasons and I am quite happy with the results so far … But let us not forget that there are quite a few other guide provodiders out there that one might find useful and perhaps even more interesting to use than the ones mentioned previously. So let me quickly go through all the other guides to which I provide links (because I do find them somewhat useful as well) and make tell you a few words about each and how do they fit in with the Warlords of Draenor edition. Oddly enough most of them only updated their support for the expansion and patch 6.0.3 right before the update and there really wasn’t all that much fuss about it, but shortly after that there was a small change with all of them and emblems with “Updated for WoD” started popping up all over these websites and voila they too were selling the Warlords version of their guides all of a sudden – No pre-launch, no pre-order or anything else of the sorts, just a good old Updated section sticked to it. Anyways in most cases it did the trick because quite a lot of you actually bought the stuff and most of you found it useful (since you haven’t asked for a refund I assume you did) and so it is that today I draw the line of all that there was out there in term of response and satisfaction so you all know where the majority is headed and maybe join them if you feel like it.

Dynasty Addons (Tycoon, Booster, Edge & Impulse)

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The good old addons from Dynasty have been doing pretty well for some time now, however during this launch if we are to add up all the sales of all the four addons (both seperately and as bundles) they barly make up half the number of sales that Zygor managed to achieve through a very productive marketing campaign and plenty of pre-hype work (hence my interest and support for them). Anyways, the best product remains Tycoon, their gold guide addon that now works with the new updated features of the Garrison as well alongside the Auction House, farming, gathering and crafting that was previously its main focus. Sure thing they won’t tell you that just yet on the website cause they were too lazy to remake the damned presentation page and they only added the “Updated for WoD” tag that I was talking about, but once you join you’ll be able to access all these new features of the addon. The rest of the addons work fine as well, however Booster lost a lot of popularity since Blizzard released its own “booster” and thus messed up the deal with most power leveling guides in general, but they can’t help it now, can they? Impulse and Edge haven’t been doing so fine either since there weren’t too many changes to be made with them given the fact that the game was over-simplified with the coming of patch 6.0.2 – the so-called “squish” if you still remember and these were working well on a complicated game during their launch back in WotLK. And if you thought this was bad, just wait till you hear about the other guides.

Dugi Guides (Complete set of in-game guides)

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So the story of Dugi is quite a sad one if you think of it, as for a long time he was the only provider of paid WoW in-game guides and so you can imagine that things worked out pretty well for him up until competition came (in the form of Zygor). As with any story of rise and fall because the competitor was better at promoting than the older tycoon that had the market only for himself his monopoly was gone and so were most of the clients. I for one haven’t made all to many sales for him, but I did have just enough to help me see a pattern and thus if it weren’t enough that the guides just simply aren’t as good as they once were, the poor chap thought that he would solve the problem by reducing the costs (so that now his guides are the cheapest thing in the market – you can virtually have them for 5$/month and it would do nothing but convince you that you should really try out the competition) – Plus think of the how many people would actually invest time and effort in something to earn only 2$ when with the same time and money they could earn 5 times that amount (by going with the competitor) … I know marketing sucks and it is unfortunare, but that is it, that’s real life or Warcraft. In terms of the updated to Warlords we have the same issue as with Dynasty that was mentioned previously, no strategy in marketing before the launch and thus very few sales and those too were really quite hard to come by (at least on my part that is). Who knows maybe at some point he’ll actually come around and it will be once again a fair competition in the field of paid in-game guides for Warcraft between these two old rivals, but at least for now things aren’t looking too good for Dugi and his community.

X-elerated Warraft Guides (Same as the above)

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Now let me tell you that there is a huge problem with the whole pack here as well, not just that the number of sales/customers has went down dramatically in the past weeks (as compared to the top seller), but then again it is all due to the fact that there wasn’t all too much interest in dealing with things the right way (we’re really starting to see a pattern here, right?). Certainly the customer service is decent and the few bugs that they had in their WoD version were fixed relatively fast, however I am talking about principles here that make a guide popular and wanted. One needs to be told and shown exactly what he will get once he pays for something and it is quite a poor strategy to go on with generalities because that way there is no emphasis placed on actually getting getting the visitors (who are more or less interested in what you offer) to buy (for genralities we have websites like wowhead or wowwiki – and those are FREE!). Such as it is X-elerated ranks in on the fourth position in my top guides for this hype session and I am quite sorry to say, but they could have had so much more success.

Hayden’s Secret Gold Guide

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And we finally ended up with the king … I mean queen of awfulness in terms of guides for WoW. Don’t me wrong she still had plenty of sales (like all the previously mentioned guides – and thus made a lot of money), but I just simply find the whole presentation/product package to be less than satisfactory (and obviously it ranks in as the lowest on almost any list of WoW products I have seen because of this) my friends enjoy Hayden Hawke’s Gold Guide in ten simple steps. Seriosuly just drop by, read it or watch the video and tell me if it isn’t one of the least professionally designed and laziest product page that you have ever seen (again I do not want to be mean, only critical and this has to be seen as compared to the other guides/products discussed). Now as with most of the guides it too only updated to WoD after the game was out and it did so by adding a cursed tag and ordering a new video – quite a poor one if you ask me, but hey it’s a bloody fiverr testimonial so it does the trick. I will refrain myself from commeting on the video cause you can watch it yourselves and draw your own conclusions, however things are not looking good.

And with this I shall wrap up my ranting about the guides of Warcraft as I have seen them during the hype caused by the launch of the new expansion. Certainly this does not change the fact that each of them made loads of cash during this period and that in one way or another they helped players achieve that which they promised (in a more or less complete manner). I shall be talking more about each on in particular as they are changed and developed throughout the following weeks and who knows maybe at some point we will see a change in the list and plenty of updates (on a more positive note taking place at least with some of them). I for one hope I managed to convey the message and I wish you all a good time playing from here on out with or without any of these guides. Cheers and good luck!

GTA V from PS3 to PS4

Been a damn long time since I last talked about somethin other than Warcraft in particular or Blizzard spin-offed posts in general, so I thought that I might change that with this post because the hype around the Warlords of Draenor launch finally seems to have setteled. Allow me to start by telling you that if somehow you don’t own a PS 4 or Xbox One just yet, then you really should try and get one because once you finish going through this very short post you’ll be ashamed of your old console (that is if you even have a console). Now I was perfectly aware that the new generation console had far superior graphics capabilities and that was seen on mostly all the games that were released for them when first launched, however I never really bothered with a comparison to tell you the truth (even if the internet was filled with those even before they were officially released). Well all that changed after I’ve seen how the brand new GTA V behaves on them since last week they finally made the game available on the generation as well. Here’s the launch trailer and please try to spot if you can the differences in terms of graphics (trust me there are plenty of them):

GTA V PS4 / Xbox One Launch Trailer

So did you managed to spot the differences in terms of graphics and texture and all that as opposed to the good old type of consoles? Well I don’t blame you for I haven’t really noticed them myself without the help of a much more explicit video that basically makes the transition much more visible if I may say so. Anyways, my point is that we certainly noticed the difference from GTA San Andreas to GTA IV, but then between IV and V there really wasn’t all that much of a difference (except for a more diverse palette of colors and a few extra settings, but that was quite about it). Sure thing one may argue that GTA Vice City had to a certain degree much smoother graphics and controls than San Andreas (for its time off course), but that is a discussion for another time and another place. Now let me point it out to you by using the other promotional video that these fellas released to POINT out the “gap between generations” (in terms of console age obviously). Although we still have a long way to go until real-life actually becomes virtual you will clearly notice the difference and it will leave you wondering on how long will there be until the sandbox world of Grand Theft Auto will become more real than “real-life”.

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So now did you spot the differences? I’m sure you did … Also I am quite certain that you are thinking hard about getting that PlayStation 4 so as to experience the game in its most high definition yet, but I would say not to worry about all this because pretty soon it comes to PC as well and if you have a rocket gaming tower computer then you might just play it in ultra high def on that too. If you don’t have the money to get either the computer or the new console, let me tell you again not to worry because next year (or in two year’s time) when the new and improved PS5 will come out you’ll be able to afford a PS4 as well. Till then just keep playing World of Warcraft or Hearthstone like I do (bloody hell I can’t shake them in these posts either) cause those have a set of more decent requirements to go with and work well on last year’s technology as well.

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And this was it for my small post that was supposed to break the habit and cover a more general topic less related to strategy or guides or anything else, but simply gaming in its purest form and in the most marketable way possible. No seriously don’t buy a new console just to be able to play a game in more detail because I assure you that the last thing you’ll be doing is studying the texture while you are playing. But if you are that kind of player that just likes to wander around and enjoy the virtual Los Santos more than the “real world” then you should seriously start saving money and get yourself one for a much more immersive gameplay. I for one would still suggest tho that you remain at a more decent level of gaming up until everything will become more affordable, cause that time will come too (even sooner than you might think). Till next time then, take care and keep up your game whatever it might be!

Ten years … Can you fellas believe this? A whole freaking decade has passed since World of Warcraft was first played by the masses and two … TWO decades since Warcraft first came out and heralded a new genre of gaming that would forever after be known as RTS (real-time strategy). But right now it’s all about WoW and so you know there’s a lot of interesting stuff just waiting around the corner because if we are to trust in Metzen’s words, they already finished writing through the next ten expansions … So the game is far from over and what’s best still waits around the corner.

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Now I played for almost 8 years now and I loved the game in its many different forms with both good and less inspired changes, it all managed to fit in eventually and even if I don’t like every features of today’s Warlords of Draenor, I still respect all the changes as being for the best interest of us, the players. And when I speak of this I truly mean what I say and do allow me to let you in on a little secret that made WoW so great and enduring through all the ups and downs it had. You ready for this? The people who made it, wanted to play the game themselves and made it in such a way that they would love it and even today they still work to enhance their own gaming experience firstly and then come all the rest of the many players who enjoy their creation on a more or less daily basis. I could have told you this a long time ago when I first saw the people who made the game in their interviews, but then again there comes a time of confession to us all and the Blizzard team made theirs in a very interesting documentary (seriously you have to watch it all):

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Well that was a real breeze … I must confess to you that I wanted to see one of these put together for quite some time now and I assume that nowadays when Blizz finally takes its long anticipated shot within the film industry as well, a well crafted documentary like this one is a pretty good preping material  for the big motion picture, which by the way is progressing and there are quite a lot of known facts about it already, just look it up and you’ll see what I mean. Anyways on a less serious note I also wanted to share with you another take on the whole story of Warcraft, from a slightly different angle … Do you still remember the Honest Trailers I presented at some time a few months ago? Well it’s ok if you don’t cause they really don’t appeal to everyone (although it appeals to a lot of people because it’s messing with pop culture). Anyways they released an honest trailer for World of Warcraft too a couple days before the big launch of this new expansion that we are all enjoying at this very moment. So for those of you with a crude sense of humour, enjoy:

World of Warcraft – Honest Game Trailer

So that basically sums up in a very awesome 3 minutes everything that WoW is and stands for in the realm of gaming … Everything is totally awesome and well balanced and extraordinarlily acted (with a few notable exceptions), but overall things are great and they could be greater still. But now allow me to take this post into a slightly different perspective and tell you all that the response I had on my recommendations for Zygor Guides were just simply amazing and everyone was more than happy with the new and improved guides that work perfectly with the brand new expansion and all its content. But I will not insist anymore on this cause you know where to find them if you’ll ever feel like it. Anyways where I want to go is the future, the possible future out of the many that lay before us.

As I was saying Blizzard has done an amazing job with their World of Warcraft franchise and have done a good job with all the other  titles they have released along the years, but as with any big and respectable company they too are always on the lookout for new and improved content and untested and uncharted terrain which they could try out and exploit. They did this a very successful way with Hearthstone if you ask me and they might just nail it with Hereos of the Storm (after all both LoL and DOTA were born from WC3) and just recently I found out they are going to make another game that just simply seems quite “out of the box” for them and that is Overwatch. If you still haven’t had time to look it up and get a more detailed description of it then check it out cause it seems to be quite promising. Seriously for a FPS type of game the trailer looks pretty awesome and brings back a lot of good superhero memories:

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And yes it would seem that they want to see this through as well. Fine by me as long as I don’t have to play it, right? Sure thing if it’s all good then I will be just like the small kid and get all excited about it, but up until then a lot can happen. The game is supposed to enter beta testing at some point next year and there would be quite a long time before we’ll actually get to play it. Now I hope you’ve enjoyed this small presentation and I assume that if everything goes well we might just meet in-game and shoot at each other with laser guns and think it’s Star Wars … only in Blizzard’s own version of events. Anyways, thanks for reading and I bid you all a merry time playing whatever you’re “wasting” your time with at the moment.