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Looking For Raid is a Hit (and a Miss)

In patch 4.3, Blizzard introduced the Looking for Raid tool to World of Warcraft.  Blizzard’s goal with this feature is to make raiding more accessible to the masses.  Many players have had great success with LFR despite the criticisms.  I don’t care for the tool.

First off, the elephant in the room: yes, LFR is aimed at casual players.  That’s not a bad thing, nor does it mean that LFR is casual per se.  The top guilds in WoW, like DREAM Paragon, used LFR to gear their raid team up.  If it’s good enough for the casual players, good enough for the hardcore players, then it’s good enough for everyone in between.

DLC Already on the Disc

If you like to keep your ear to the ground when it comes to gaming news, you have no doubt heard your fair share of controversies that seems to have a large portion of gamers up in arms. Recently with the release of Gears of War 3, one such controversy has risen to the surface again: DLC already present on game discs. It seems that no matter which gamer you ask, he or she is going to have a polarized opinion on the subject. And since individuals with opposing views on the internet tend to be incapable of making civilized arguments, I thought it might be a good idea to share my rational views on the subject.

Where Are My Game Manuals?

I recently purchased Batman: Arkham City and I am really enjoying it, but when I opened the game case I was very disappointed. Perhaps I am part of a small minority of gamers, but I always read through game manuals when I purchase a game. Not only do I read through the game manuals, but I typically do it before I even put the game disc in the tray. I think it relates back to the days of when I would go to a store with my parents, pick out a game and start reading the back of the box while we were in the store. Then, when we got to the car, I would open the game and start reading the manual cover to cover because I was too excited to play to sit still. Does anyone else feel that way anymore?

Windows Live ID Makes Me Cry

For those that are unaware, you may be asking “What’s a Windows Live ID?” Essentially, they are accounts that you can use for almost every service offered by Microsoft, including Xbox LIVE, the .NET Messenger Service, the Zune Marketplace, the Microsoft Developer Network, and Microsoft TechNet. I would guess that most people who signed up for a Windows Live ID did so because they wanted to sign up for Xbox LIVE (like myself). Back when I signed up for Xbox LIVE though, it was called a .NET Passport instead, so if that rings any bells for you, know that it is the same thing.

I suppose I should be fair and say the idea behind Windows Live IDs is not bad. In today’s day and age it can be difficult to keep track of the pile of usernames and passwords the average internet-savvy person will acquire. Trying to condense them into one account for any Microsoft related service makes it easier on the user, and that is always a good thing. The problem with the Windows Live ID system is the way it has been mismanaged by Microsoft.

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