Pre-Warlords Guide Mash-Up

There’s a lot of fuss about all the news concerning the updates made on Warlords of Draenor, especially around the capital city controversy, which might or might not be resolved in due time, because reasons … But anyways that’s not really my field (cause – Strategy Game Guides?!) the problem that concerns me is the fact that shortly after the launch or just before it, there are going to be loads of bastards selling guides and plenty of other giving them away for “free” all over the internet just to amuse themselves on the naivite and noobness of young players who have no idea how to properly level and gear up and what to do once there are no more yellow exlamation marks left to tend to. Now to avoid that (at least for those few beginners reading this) I thought about compiling a list of websites that you can trust and you can check with confidence now or during the launch because it would most certainly be safe from all points of view. I will mention both paid and free guides that cover all that there is to be covered from leveling and gold making  to raiding and pvping so hold on to your hats cause we got a lot of stuff to cover and little time to do it.

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Because it is quite clear that most people actually prefer to take the easy way and go for the free version of online guides, allow me to say that the only website (that’s not official and doesn’t charge a dime for its services) for which I can vouch when it comes to Warcraft is wowhead.com (and it’s subsidiary websites that cover the other Blizz games as well and that are listed under the “Head Databases” on the right where the links are). They basically have all the guides and community comments you’ll need to handle everything and anything, provided off course you have time to read all of them posts and go back and forth between the website and the game itself (the same applies to any other free online guide/website that you can get from the web). In this category I am including all the training and tutorial videos that you can find all over the video hosting websites because they basically stand for the same thing.

When it comes to addons, the situation is a bit different, because although you can find plenty of addons to download for free all over the web, most of them are rather useless or infected or trialed or something in between. So to avoid all these problems and basically be happy with my recommendations I will only be speaking of the premium guides that I’ve tested and shared so far and that proved to be worth all the money you’ll pay for them on more than several ocassions (in spite of what “experinced” players think).

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The tip top in terms of in-game guides for World of Warcraft (based on sales, customer response and price) are without any doubt the guides offered by Zygor who remains to this day from 2008 when it was first launched the leader in terms of complete in-game addons for leveling and everything else you can think of. The only downside of it is the big number of guides and thus most people only prefer to buy one or two of them and quite few get the whole bundle of six guides because of the high price (that’s still a bit expensive for your average Joe with discount and all), however only by having the full pack can one truly enjoy it properly.

The second best recommendation comes in the form of the four addons created by Dynasty with a special emphasis placed on their most representative stand-alone Tycoon Gold Addon that has to be the best gold making addon out there … And when I say that, I mean it is better by far than the one that Zygor provides through its profession bundle that contains a small feature on farming, crafting and thus gold-making, however not being very specific it somehow manages not to deliver all that it promises in conclusion making it less useful than the specific guide mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph. The gold addon is so good in fact that it actually totals 80% of the whole sales that Dynasty makes on its addons, with the other three (Impulse, Edge and Booster) bearly coming in with the rest of 20%. These other addons are somewhat useful as well, however in their case Zygor clearly has the upper hand and in terms of leveling at least it clearly has better programs.

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Now there would still be quite a lot of guides (more or less useful) that could be mentioned, however I said that I will only mention the most useful, which you can use in order to prep for the coming of Warlords and better still update them as soon as the expansion launches and use them right away on patch 6.0 as well (please note that any updates for all the guides presented are given for free and no further money are needed once you own either of them), so from among those good guides I will only suggest you check out Dugi’s Guides and X-elerated Guides as well for these two show the greatest promise out of the entire bulk of the extra not quite top of the line guides for Warcraft out there.

Now with this I assume that I should be getting close to the end for I have already spoken too much, however I do hope that at least some of you guys reading this will find these guides useful and with the aid of one of them (or more for that matter) you will be able to get that good head start that everyone will want once Warlords of Draenor is launched on 13.11.14. Off course I invite you all to check out everything that there is to check out on all these websites and why not compare and decide which one suits your gaming style better before you decide on buying one or another. And  finally if you don’t wish to spend any extra cash then you can always go for the free websites I spoke of in the beginning of the post, however knowing that it will be slightly tougher than actually using either of the premium addons/guides mentioned above since you’ll be doing a lot of windowing till you get in hang of how the game works, but off course its good sides and bad sides to them all … Till next time, y’all take care of yourselves and keep your game up!

World of Warcraft: The Story so far …

Clearly one of the best stories of modern times, known to all the people who played and enjoyed at least a few days in the beautiful land of Azeroth is the story of Warcraft, a tale that began a long time ago, when many of the people who “read it” nowadays weren’t even born and that grew ever greater with the passing of the years. From humble beginnings, Blizzard became one of the biggest game companies on the market and their greatest game: World of Warcraft, became the number one best-selling online game of all time and as with any story it had its ups and downs, but at the time when this article was written things were still going pretty well for everyone working on the project with plenty of stories awaiting to be told.

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In honor of the upcoming expansion (the 5th expansion that is), I thought about making a small preview of all the events that happened and that shaped the game into what it is today, events that made it so much more than a game, they made it into a world … The World of Warcraft. Without any further delays allow me to get straight to the point and pass the talking pillow to some of my fellow gamers who told the story in a much more “visual” manner, thus making it easier to digest for today’s public. So for this post I have chosen three of the most representative videos (from three different WoW Channels) that cover all aspects of the game in very different manners, but when put together they complete each other and give a perfect sense to all that there is to know about WoW:

History of World of Warcraft (2001 – Today)

Cute gamer girl Panser from TradeChat makes a perfect review of all the major events in the history of WoW as a game, from its announcement in 2001 up until the latest news on Warlords of Draenor (as much as there was 6 months ago, when she uploaded the video). Among the most notable features of her small analysis is the introduction of all the Youtube WoW sensations, like the Greatest freakout ever or Francis gets hacked! (Awesome videos on their own terms, but not very much in with our story, maybe we’ll talk a little about those too, at a later time). Moving on then to the actual in-game story, presented from the uncertain beginnings till today.

Story of Warcraft (Complete Lore of Azeroth)

One of my favorite Warcraft channels is clearly that of Nobbel87 mostly because of all the great [Lore] videos that he made so far, but also for his small and concise guides such as the “How to: Solo” section of his channel (has some pretty good tips in those videos). This video however has to be one of the best ones he’s put out in quite some time now, for without too much effort he managed to pick out the most important events in the history of Azeroth and compile an amazing encyclopedia that covers all the major events and characters from start to date. Not to even mention that all through the video he placed links to all the various different lore videos covering each major event/character in more detail. I might even go as far as to assume that I do belive that this video is one of the best Warcraft history lessons in a nutshell that you’ll find out there, so I do hope you’ve enjoyed it and watched it all.

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And finally, after all the talk is done there is off course, the game itself. The best video I could out there that covers the entire main storyline from an in-game perspective was made by the fellas of WoW TCG Poland and it covers all the key gaming moments such as boss encounters in major raids and cinematics. The video begins with good old Vanilla raids and ends with the defeat of Deathwing in Cataclysm, however it most certainly managed to capture the true essence of all that Warcraft truly is for all those hardcore players out there: A game to be enjoyed with friends, a whole new way to brag about stuff you never even thought possible and why not loads of fun that sometimes needs to be thinned out with help from in-game tips (Take all things in moderation – Even World of Warcraft?! Really!!!).

That’s it for now, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this small article I’ve made up and the awesome videos on the story of Warcraft that brought back so many good memories from the good old days when the WoW community was so much thinner and basically all of us were a bunch of noobs … Now in the next post (whenever that is going to come out) I will try to make a small review of all the best guides and addons for World of Warcraft so that you may all be ready whenever the expansion comes out and who knows … One of you might even get the “Realm’s First” Achievement this time if you play your role right! Y’all take good care and keep yer game up!

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic and Launch!

It’s finally here! (Thank Elune or The Light or The Naaru or … bah you get the point, right?) The cinematic and launch date for the biggest and most badass expansion so far, Warlords of Draenor! Now I will try to be very concise because quite frankly there’s a lot of material to cover and I wish to be extremely fast as well cause you know, I just can’t help posting around on the various forums and other blog posts and basically find out all that there is to be found out before the game comes on the 13th of November this Fall. So let’s not postpone this any longer and dive right to it. My friends, Blizzard gives us a sneak peek at the history of the orcish clans … with a twist, a twist that just so happens to have a name, Hellscream:

Warlords of Draenor Opening Cinematic

Did you watch it, already? No replays? C’mon! Now please tell me if that isn’t the most awesome cinematic so far (story’n’all) … I mean all of them are good, but this one is pretty much their grandaddy and I don’t mean just the revamped shots from the Warcraft 3 cinematics (which by way are absolutely great) where Grommash kills Mannoroth (in the “our” version of Azeroth), but the overall feeling and the sense of overwhelming power that the short video transmits.Quite frankly I don’t know how good the expansion will be in the end (although I have high hopes), but I can assure you that regardless of how will things end up in the eyes of the various players (who always have divided opinions), as long as the story goes on I will enjoy playing through no matter what. Now alongside the cinematic covering this moment of paramount importance in the history of the orcs (the demonic pact set up by Gul’dan) the hard-working chaps from our favorite gaming company have also released a new video mini-series called The Lords of War, which I kindly recommend you check out as well before we jump into the real action part of the expansion.

Lords of War: Part One – Shattered Hand

So if the cinematic alone wasn’t enough to give us a nice taste of what the lore behind this forthcoming expansion has in store for us, then I assume that this small video series might just hit the spot and fill in the gap we have in our souls for more … But if this one doesn’t do the trick either I guess that we just simply need to wither and wait until 13.11.2014 and then … Enjoy the new character models, zones, features, dungeons raids and more … much more! Just as a tease for all those who didn’t manage to get a beta pass for this test either, I guess that this next and final video from Blizzard (The expansion in action) should do enough to sate your hunger for details:

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That was about it with the videso we got from Blizz at this very point, but I am sure that there is more to come and without any doubt there are going to be plenty of other “surprises” to be enjoyed and plenty of frustration (except for Ashran off course, cause that’s an obvious nerve-wrecking and mad inducing concept – I mean world PvP died out <mostly> for a reason, but who am I judge, right?). Anyways these three marvelous videos kind of cover all that there is to cover from an official point view, however there are plenty of other things to discuss, because we all know that when a new expansion comes out the need for a guide to sort out the mess of the great unknown becomes greater than ever and as we all know well enough the world is filled by fake bastards selling viruses and useless ads so mind you and do be careful where you enter your login info, alright?

I do not wish to continue talking for too long because as I’ve said I am just as excited as everyone else about all the freshly datamined info found out there and I am quite keen to check out all that there is to check out at this very moment while also preping in the most serious way to join the battle on the front lines (and no … I am not going to Ukraine, not yet anyways). Just as always when it comes to guides I can recommend no more nor less than the two important websites that you should check out and those are off course: Tycoon Gold Addon and Zygor Guides, cause they’ve most certainly done the trick so far and so they will clearly do it from here onwards as well. And that’s my time for now … I will be back soon enough with some fresh posts cause I already have some nice thoughts on a few pre-warlords posts, but till then happy preping for the epic battles that lie ahead to everyone.

Summer Game Series: Dead or Alive

Summer is going into its last official month and without a doubt you have all enjoyed good times at the beach and feasted your eyes upon those nice bikini babes (or if you’re a babe, then I guess you’ve been wearing those bikinis and attracting the gaze of everyone around the beach/pool/resort etc), right?. Either way you should have experienced that nice fuzzy feeling that only the sunny rays can give you when they scorch your sorry skin while you lay around, doing basically nothing, tanning and probably playing a game … Or if you haven’t then you should seriously do this (fellas from tropical climats are excused for having an endless summer, but the rest of you) because you know … It’s pretty cool (actually it’s hot, but you get what I mean, right?).

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Speaking of games and summer sensations and fuzzy feelings, I had this on my mind for quite some time, but somehow I always managed to avoid the subject, as I somewhat consider it a bit too shapy and quite a little out of place (even if it’s basically a game), however if I think of it the only way to get it out of my head is to write it down and maybe even publish it (guess that one is off the list by now if you’re reading it). Technically it’s not just a game, it’s a game series and I probably mentioned it at some point in the past as well, but I most certainly didn’t talk to much about it back then, so now allow me to make up for that.

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Dead or Alive (all the 11 games in the series) focus on one thing and one thing only – babes that do stuff … Babes with big boobs who basically look the same from all points of view (except for different hairstyles and colors schemes) with whom you can either fight or play beach volleyball or do plenty of other things. Anyways jut for the heck of it I was thinking of making a small presentation of the ups and downs of the two major game versions that DoA has to offer … that is off course Arcade fighting and Arcade Beach Volleyball. So let’s not delay this any longer and jump right into it, shall we?

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So that’s how the latest installment of the series looks as a fighting game, truth be told after taking a closer look at the game it becomes obvious that not even the bouncy breasts are no longer enough to save the franchise and that Mortal Kombat did even that better than these fellas, however do not despair there still are a couple more game mods which might just make the game a bit more interesting as opposed to much better games from the same field. Costumes … Presented in a rather interesting manner and without any comments the petite costume pack trailer is quite enough to make any 12 year old give this game at least a small chance. Enjoy!

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If this still hasn’t convinced you to give the game a try then I am afraid that we are running low on options here, because the next thing that I wish to metnion is the Beach Volleyball version of the game that is basically a rudimentary game of volley played by these hot asian styled chicks in bikinis (much like the ones from the costume pack above, only with less clarity because of the age and engine difference of the games). So here it is gents, my final trailer recommendation:

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball 2 – Intro Cinematic

So did you see it? Did you see the volley? Right, they were playing a very interesting volley game in there … somewhere … Honestly now guys the devs know pretty well that nobody plays the game to play volleyball, everyone looks for that other thing in the whole gig and they don’t even try to disguise it anymore, as they did with the first game series (when the tits weren’t even all that bouncy). But anyways, colors are nice, characters are … well you’ve seen the characters and the overall game sensation is absolutely incredibly positive and refreshing. Quite frankly that’s all that there is to this game, but if you want to enjoy the summer breeze and can’t do that (cause I don’t know, you live in the Siberian Tundra or something) then just play the game and it will most certainly pump your temperature up (absolutely no pun intended whatsoever).

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With these being told I end my petite presentation of these Dead or Alive games and hope that by reading through and watching the trailers  I’ve managed to bring about at least a small glimmer of the summer out there to all of you who didn’t manage to enjoy the simple pleasures of a beach party thus far. So enjoy the games, enjoy the remaining days of summer and til next post, y’all take care of yourselves.