Wildstar Guest 7 Day Guest Pass Giveaway!

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***Update – This giveaway has ended. Although we were a few short of the goal, I wanted folks to have a chance at the game. Check back at this site gaming.alternateimage.net or my twitter @AgainstTheFate for a chance at my 2 remaining keys. See the comments of this post and my twitter for the winner***

Along with some other cool pre-order bonuses, I have in my possession (or inbox, as it were) 3x 7 day guest passes for Wildstar Online. The person using one of these gets 7 days of free play to check out Wildstar. It’s worth it. I mean, it’s free, for starters. And the game is pretty fun. So want one? Follow after the break for the rules. (more…)

Warlords of Draenor Secondary Stat Changes

wow secondary stats warlords Easily among the aspects of Warlords of Draenor that I’m most excited about are the changes to stats. Not the item squish, mind you, that I still have some reservations about, but the secondary and new minor stats. As you’re likely aware, if you’re here reading an obscure gaming blogs WoW Post, several stats have been removed entirely. Dodge, parry, hit and expertise are gone. I’m very happy with the removal of hit and expertise. Those stats always felt so limiting. It was never a “boost” to reach their respective caps, just a pain when you didn’t and it always caused such touble in choosing gear. I’m a little more torn about dodge and parry. While I agree they weren’t very “fun” stats, they did provide a little something in making a tank feel like a tank and not just a dps with threat. I’m curious to see what tanking abilities and passives are added to make up for the loss of passive mitigation from the stats. The new stats, however, seem really fun. Follow after the break for a full list. (more…)

Blizzard Reacts to Wildstar Launch

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Let’s face it: World of Warcraft is the standard to which other newly minted MMO’s are compared. It’s the elephant in every room in every competing developers office. Because, as we’ve no choice but admit, every other major MMO is competing with WoW. Sure, to some extent with each other as well, but the prize is the amazing subscriber numbers that Blizzard has been able to amass.  While we’ve seemed to move on past the point where every significant launch is heralded as the ‘death knell of WoW’ (Aion, Rift, SWTOR, etc), there’s always still that cautious eye raised towards the king of the mountain. Will it be dethroned or will the latest challenger fail to even shake its lofty perch? Of course, even with its pet behemoth, Blizzard has to be concerned when a new contender arises. And they’d be fools to not take a few preemptive strikes… (more…)

Wildstar Launches Soon!

Less than an hour until Wildstar launch so I wanted to share some quick things to follow.

  1. If you don’t already have the game… get it here.
  2. If you aren’t going to get the game or want to find some others who are… watch some streams. See below for some streams.

http://www.twitch.tv/sharden0/

http://www.twitch.tv/sixin87

Yes… the top one is me. Obviously I’ll pimp myself on my own blog. Don’t judge me.

Preparing for Wildstar Online

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So you want to play Wildstar? Me too. Since I’ve gotten some beta time and some other steps out-of-the-way, I wanted to share a few steps in what any new Wildstar player should do. I’ll cover race, faction, class, addons, and servers. If you’re not fully prepared – read this post!

Step 1: Pre-order the game. If you’re going to get it anyway, you may as well buy it sooner to get some cool perks.

  • Exclusive Rocket House
  • Exclusive Housing Trophy
  • Exclusive In-Game Title: “Chosen of the Progenitors”
  • Access to Beta Weekends (there’s also some weekday betas going on that you can still partake in as of the time of this writing)
  • 3 Day Head Start
  • In-game Storage Bag

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Wildstar Online End of Beta Event

The 10 day Wildstar open beta ended recently to much fanfare created by the devs. I’ve yet to see such a massive end game event to sign off something as small as a beta test before, so it was pretty impressive to see. There were giant monsters, dev jokes, and an epic troll (they Rick Rolled the whole game by giving us a code to buff our players but it instead opened a browser with the music video). See below for some screen shots:

 

Changes to the Blog

Those who come here regularly (or perhaps followed a fixed link from elsewhere on the interwebs) will notice that this site is no longer called “15 Minutes of WoW”. Well, fine, as of this writing the actual link is still that, but not the name or the function of the blog. For both the reasons of my declining interest in World of Warcraft (in no small part due to the long, long time until new content will be released) but also because of my desire to play and blog about other games, I’ve decided to make the change to a gaming blog as opposed to specifically focusing on Wow. A quick review of recent posts would show that the less than adequate Elder Scrolls Online has been a big topic recently and some Wildstar should be showing up in the near future. There may be layout changes and even an actual address change coming, so keep your eyes peeled.