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Follow Epic Spoon on Twitter

Check out my video game twitter @epicspoon.  It’ll be for achievements, progression, and frustrations on games I’m playing, rather than full thoughts as on the web page.  And I’ll try updating more by playing less WoW.  I love WoW, but I don’t want to be a World of Warcraft blog.  However, I will be making some more World of Warcraft posts, especially while I’m waiting to get a new Xbox 360 hotcasinosonline.net.

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The Sims 3, Part 2: Good News, Bad News

Since my earlier post about The Sims 3, in which I was impressed at how long it was taking me to find bugs, I have found a few.  Most of them are pretty minor and slightly inconvenient.  But now I’ve hit an actual show-stopper.  More on that later.

Sims 3 is also continuing to impress me.  Its gardening is smoother than Sims 2’s.  The painting is more interesting.  Heck, all the skills are just better-done.  I’m especially loving mechanical upgrades and how an expert mechanic can just keep things from ever getting dirty or breaking.

Among the biggest (and most awesome) surprises for me have been the career changes.  Whereas in the previous Sims games every job was just “work these hours, these days, make this money”, Sims 3 has really broken the mold.

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WoW Spotlight: Halls of Lightning

I’ll write about The Sims 3 every day if I don’t write about something else, so let me take today to give the stage to the worst non-raid dungeon in World of Warcraft’s second expansion.  I’m speaking, of course, of Halls of Lightning.

Halls of Lightning has the titan-themed look of dungeons like Uldaman.  It’s hidden off in the distant north of Northrend, where many titan-age relics should really just be forgotten.  When I got the final achievement for Heroic Halls of Lightning (Heroic mode is a higher difficulty, if you’re not familiar with the game), I swore to never go in there again.  In fact, on that particular run, I died eight times.  The group was awful, and that is par for the course in that dungeon letsplayvideopoker.com.

Since then, I have run the dungeon once and only died once – on a trash pull before the first boss.  The rest of the run was smooth.  I only agreed to go because I’d just done two other dungeons with the same group, and they were competent.  The tank took the blame for the death and we moved on.

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The Sims 3: First Impressions

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything.  Yes, World of Warcraft is a big contributor.  But I have my DPS to almost 3k, my achievements over 3300, and something like 12 different titles.

But this is a post about newest entry in a very lucrative franchise, The Sims 3.  I got the game yesterday, as a belated holiday gift from my good friends Jamie and Adam.  To their credit, they didn’t mean it to be belated.  The game was supposed to be released in Feburary, and that release was postpwned for financial reasons bestcasinoandroid.com.

The good news is that they took those five months to polish the game.  And it is polished.  The bad news is that I have failed to find a bug in the first 24 hours, which means that this is just a dream, it’s still May, and the game isn’t out yet.  It never takes me 24 hours to find a bug in a new game.

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World of “Hey, how is it already Monday?”craft

Okay, so, I haven’t posted in more than a week.  That’s basically because all the time I would normally use to write (or clean, or cook, or breathe) has been consumed by World of Warcraft.  I mentioned before that I bought the expansion as a treat when I got my video card and logic board replaced in this late-2007 24″ iMac.  This weekend I also upgraded the RAM from 2gB to 4gB, because Other World Computing was selling 2-gig sticks for $25.  Not kidding.  I spent $50 to double my RAM.

Anyway, when I logged into WoW on Saturday, I had 4000 gold.  I needed 5200 for epic flying, which would let me play the whole game faster.  It basically increases your movement speed from “go make a sandwich” to “hey I’m there already”.  I tried to coax one of my guild-mates into fronting me the cash (I even offered them interest), but it turned out I didn’t need it.  I earned 2000 gold on Saturday.  And that’s in addition to going to cook out at my parents’ house and getting a massage.

Aside: The massage therapist asked me if I sit at a computer for long periods of time, because of my neck, shoulders, and left thumb.  I mentioned that I’m a software engineer and basically sit at a computer all day at work.  I did not mention the World of Warcraft addiction.

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Xbox Live v. Real Life

This is not something Geekologie reported on first, but it’s where I saw it, so that is where I’m linking the article from.  Also because Geekologie has awesome articles on ridiculous things, like this amazing burger that I’d really like to make best uk gambling sites.

So Geekologie reports that Xbox Live has banned a woman for identifying as being gay in her profile.  Okay, sure, she was harassed by other players for writing that in there.  But in our fucked up society, that sometimes comes with the territory when you’re not trying to hide who you are.  It’s when the authorities step in and punish you for it that it’s a problem.

Now, for the record, I believe Xbox Live normally bans people for harassment.  How bad is it that this woman was being harassed and one of her harassers got her banned, when really it should have been him? (I assume it’s a him.)

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Wrath of the Lich King: 70-75

Well, this is awkward.  I had that great post about how fun it is to just play World of Warcraft one night a week and escape the addiction.  But like any good junkie, I’ve got my USB keyboard plugged straight into my profunda brachii and I’m sure I can quit any time I want to.  Right?

Seriously, though, the Wrath of the Lich King expansion is very well-designed.  In the original game content, and in the first expansion (The Burning Crusade), areas were huge and I spent half my time riding between quest objectives.  This expansion changes all that.  Each zone is huge, but it has little quest hubs all over, and each has quests in the general area.  Occasionally, (the Dragonblight zone comes to mind), the quest hubs are in an inconvenient place.  But in general, the areas are very well-constructed.  They also put flight points everywhere you want to be.  Read on hotslotsonline.net.

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La Crosse Charger is a Must-have For Gamers

I actually found this in an article from This Old House about saving money during the recession.  It’s a charger for rechargeable batteries, but it’s not like the kind you see sold in the battery aisle at most stores.  It’s the AlphaPower Battery Charger from La Crosse Technology, and it is amazing.

First off, this charger paid for itself immediately.  Let me tell you how.  In addition to charging batteries, it can also discharge them.  It has a “refresh” mode that continuously charges and discharges batteries to remove the “memory” effect.  Some of my old NiMH batteries took four days, but it fixed all but two of them.  These are batteries that I’ve had for 6 years, and which I thought were all completely dead (but don’t ask why I didn’t throw them out; I don’t know).

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That’s right.  It paid for itself right away by rejuvenating its own value in old rechargeable batteries.

On top of that, it comes with 4 AA and 4 AAA batteries.  AND it came with adapters to use them in devices that need C or D batteries (if you’re curious, all of these batteries are 1.5v; the different sizes just last longer).

Amazon.com has this charger for $45.  Sounds like a lot?  Well, add up how many batteries you put in your wireless controllers every year.  It also pays for itself there.

Honestly, its best feature is the “refresh” mode.  For that, I rate this “most useful non-video game appliance I have ever bought.”  Okay, that’s a huge exaggeration (I’m sorry, Toaster).  But it’s definitely up there.  Seriously.

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Imbacore

I got a message from Shazbot over at Imbacore – it’s another cool blog about gaming.  His focus is on freeware strategy games, multiplayer shooters, and PC tweaks.  If you’re into that kind of thing, give it a shot, cipla viagra from india.

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Eyezmaze Amazes

It’s been more than four years since I first saw Eyezmaze‘s Grow and the flash games on that site have only gotten better.  Some of them, like Grow, are sequential puzzles, where you must see which items affect other items in order to figure out the order to place them in.  Others are reaction games, acheter viagra france, like an old whack-a-mole.

The thing all these games have in common is the simple, cute, cartoony graphics and truly addictive game style.  This is as good as flash games get.  Kudos to the guy who thinks all this stuff up.

Warning: Do not visit Eyezmaze if you don’t have a lot of time to waste.  I accidently went to the site when I started writing this post, which is why it’s such a short post – I’m out of time.

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