The Ninth Circle #1: A Patch or a Crutch?

A Patch or a Crutch?

You’re at the movies, watching a film on the first day of its release. The projector isn’t really working well, and a lot of the special effects are simply missing. Instead you watch the actors perform against the blue screen. Due to delays, the effects won’t be there for about a month after the film’s release.

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Bone Appetit #3: Interview with a PK

Interview with a Player Killer Proviso: OK, no humor this time. This is serious business for serious people to discuss in a serious manner. I?m serious. No really, I?m not kidding this time.

Format and explanation: Following submission of the first draft of this behemoth, Flux pointed that the format was pretty confusing, particularly the Question and Answer sections. He didn?t actually use the words ?soup sandwich? but I can take a hint. So here is how its all laid out: First we have an overly lengthy introductory paragraph or two, then a series of Q&As from some Player Killers I interviewed, and interspersed throughout the article are some PK statistics in italics. These statistics are really just estimates from experienced HC players and PKs. OK, that means they are guesses, sue me.

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Bone Appetit #3: Interview with a PK

Interview with a Player Killer Proviso: OK, no humor this time. This is serious business for serious people to discuss in a serious manner. I?m serious. No really, I?m not kidding this time.

Format and explanation: Following submission of the first draft of this behemoth, Flux pointed that the format was pretty confusing, particularly the Question and Answer sections. He didn?t actually use the words ?soup sandwich? but I can take a hint. So here is how its all laid out: First we have an overly lengthy introductory paragraph or two, then a series of Q&As from some Player Killers I interviewed, and interspersed throughout the article are some PK statistics in italics. These statistics are really just estimates from experienced HC players and PKs. OK, that means they are guesses, sue me.

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Bone Appetit #2: It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time!

It’s Blizzard Bashin’ Time! Proviso: I originally wrote this article without the intro paragraphs. But my column was not generating enough hate-filled invective in the forums, so I have added some controversy. It?s a Rush Limbaugh technique; lets see how it works for me.

A phenomenally-popular pastime of D2.net forum members is to debate Blizzard?s (and Vivendi?s) management, merits, and general right to exist and consume valuable world resources such as oxygen and food. It is a rare day indeed that one does not witness yet another ?I hate Blizzard because?? post. The usual pattern is for a disgruntled player to post his (remember, they are all ?his,? there are no ?hers? in D2) rant, which is promptly followed by a flaming bombardment from Blizzard sympathizers, which is followed by a smattering of ?hey, I kinda agree with some of this guy?s comments,? followed by more bashing? you get the picture. These complaints cover everything: ?Blizzard banned me just ?cause I use Iths on five of my accounts,? ?G. Frazier still hasn?t washed my car like he promised,? and ?Blizzard trained a dingo to eat my baby.?

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