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Blizz Shuts Down Diablo 3 Auction House

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags , , on September 18, 2013 by theerivs

girl_with_money_fullThough I haven’t played Diablo 3 all that much despite owning it. Blizz shutting down the Auction House really wasn’t a surprise to me. I mean I didn’t think it lent itself to this game that much. If Diablo 3 was a pure MMO i could understand an auction house, but it wasn’t. The WHOLE point of the Diablo games was to kill monsters to get cool loot, and gold. Now we’re going to put in a system where you can spend money and get cool stuff.

Yeah well anyway, I tip my hat off to them this is a huge thing in terms of them saying, “Yea we fucked up”, it still offers no solace to those people that lived, or died by the Auction House.  I’m sure there will be ruffled feathers.  Perhaps instead of killing the evil beast you created, try to tame it. See if there’s anything you can do before you rip out it’s beating heart.

Then again maybe the beast has gotten to strong, and the only safe thing is to kill it.

DAM that’s Hot!

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags , on September 10, 2013 by theerivs

690x947_16791_Barbarian_princess_2d_fantasy_girl_woman_warrior_barbarian_portrait_picture_image_digital_artA long time guildie and friend of mine is trying to make his own game. I have a feeling it’s going to be awesome…why?  Cause this guy has been playing video games for a long time. He’s one of us. He’s a player, he can tell shite from gold.  I’m going to lend a hand, and I’m asking all of you to help as well.


But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself.

Dungeon Architect Master


Just some of the features….

• Complete editor to build your own dungeons for you and others to play. 

• A full dungeon crawl experience and campaign with 8 chapters.

• Random generated and player made dungeons with online sharing system.

• Unique skill creation system, based off item acquisition and crafting.

• Protect your dungeon from mobs with traps and puzzles while you go plunder dungeons on your own.

• Unique character leveling/ability system that has a synergy with the dungeon you build.

• No cutesy bubbly creatures… a dark and moody dungeon and creatures that follow traditional roots.

• Build it your way character creation with male and female avatars. You make the classes and play the character the way you want.  

• A dungeon crawl experience for the hardcore and casual gamer.  

• See all items you equip. Helms, chest, pants, boots and weapons are all visible based off what you equip in game as well as in the inventory screen. As well as a system for dyeing the armor.

• A Free to Play model with no energy or game halting In app purchases. All purchases will be convenience and content based. Play from beginning to end without paying a cent!


I think it’s a really awesome idea, and I support it 100%.


For the Zerg!

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags on August 29, 2013 by theerivs

kerriganSo I got a bug up my ass, and bought Starcraft 2. bundle for 60 bucks. not a bad deal…not the greatest either. meh.

Let me say something….I’m a HUGE Starcraft fan. I use to play in college, ALOT.  It would be a constant thing to play with my friends in the college computer lab until 4-5am, and then go hit a local breakfast joint for Hazelnut coffee.  I was the local Zerg expert, and I did Zerg Rushes before they were cool  I loved the single player missions as well.  Just hearing the Overmind gave me chills.

So I wanted to play Heart of the Swarm, but I guess for a cheap bundle pack I’ll suffer through the Terran campaign. I was mildly shocked, I LOVE it . All the goodies, and stuff to do. The mission choices, hell even the Jukebox.

These bastards at Blizzard got me hooked again. I was up to the wee hours of the morning playing, and now I’m downing Rockstar energy drinks like its my job.  I’m just really looking forward to the Zerg campaign.


Know When To Walk Away

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags , , on June 21, 2013 by theerivs

poker-girls“Know when to walk away, know when to run” – The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers.

Everything I know pretty much can be summed up into a couple things, one of them is the the Song the Gambler. When Syl (and others) wrote posts about F2P, and the correlation to gambling. I had to add my two cents. Why? Cause I’m a gambler, a pretty bad one at that.

I won’t go into specifics, but the reason I got the nickname River is through gambling…I paid for that name over the long run. I started gambling when I was 9, my Grandma taught me poker. There was a time when I was heavily into gambling from cards, casino, sports, you name it. Let me put it this way I was so bad, one month I lost 60,000 dollars. How’s that for a shitty month. So I paid my dues as a gambler, and you win some….and you lose some.

Now it terms of lockboxes and things of that nature, versus gambling. There really isn’t a comparison for some of the reasons Syl mentioned. One of them is money. I gamble because I want more of it, but it’s not just that of course, but it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to the card table, time and time again, there are a couple more reasons which I’m going to list for you here. Some of these might of been covered in other posts, but I wanted to put my two cents on each one.

Reasons why Lockboxes are NOT like Gambling

1. Thrill of the Win – In Gambling, I’m actually beating something whether it be the House such as a Casino, or an actual person. Sure you can say Slots your not really beating anyone, but in fact you are. You are beating the Casino, as well as the odds. In Lockboxes your just beating the RNG.

2. Ultimate Prize – Once the Ultimate Goal is reached, say the special mount, there’s no real reason to return. I win a lot of money in gambling, I can always go back, and try to get more.

3. The Experience – Klep mentioned this, but gambling is an experience. When I’m playing cards with a bunch of other players there’s a rapport there, you meet people, you shoot the shit. There’s no experience when opening a lockbox.

4. Close but no Cigar – With a lockbox there is no real carrot in front of your nose, for example if I got two pair, I was almost to a full house, or maybe I got two blue 7’s and almost another blue 7. I was close, but no cigar. I feel it coming, but I just missed getting the big goal. With RNG, and the Lockbox I don’t know how close I was to the mount, or big prize.

5. Risk vs Reward, and The Sure Thing – I put up 5 dollars I could win 100 dollars. Is the money I’m risking worth the mount, when I could purchase a mount, and be assured to get one. In other words I could get a cool mount for 20 bucks, but I MIGHT get a mount by spending the 20, or I might now. As a gambler never put on the table what your not willing to lose, and always go with the sure thing.

These are just some of the reasons I feel lockboxes, and gambling are not in the same realm. I play Neverwinter, and I have 4 lockboxes to open, and I have no real desire to try my luck, cause I got my rentals and they suit me for now.

Xbox One vs. PS4

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on June 12, 2013 by theerivs

Really this sums it all up for me…..


I Feel Old

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG, Writing with tags , , on May 17, 2013 by theerivs

kellylebrockweirdscience_0Sorry folks for being a few days late, and several dollars short, but last year, Syp a mentor and old school blogger started up his Newbie Blogger Initiative …I would say it was a success if even one new blog came out of it, and kept on writing.

So I seen a couple posts, it’s been a year since the NBI came about and other bloggers did a way better job covering it then I did…Hear is a few.

Casual Aggro – A great round up, and he himself is going strong

World’s End Tavern – Another great round up.

Avatars of Steel – Has a great post.

Ravalation –  Another blogger wrapping things up and going strong.

Healing the Masses – Did some wonderful work, also posting up blog posts that help bloggers.

Ancient Gaming Noob – Compiled a bunch of Data. My eyes they bleed.

MMO Melting Pot –  They even showed some love.


Check these blogs, and many more….A big Congo Rats are in order. Keep on chugging folks…but you do make me feel old. Cause we did something like this many…many moons ago…in a far away place.  Syp led us before in a movement to get new bloggers, and I was a part of it on my old blog, Way of the Chosen, back in 2009. A lot of great blogs came out of that, and are still going strong even today, that makes me proud that I had a small hand in that too.


Gamers and Poker

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on May 16, 2013 by theerivs

poker-girlsGamers, and by gamers I mean good gamers who can cut through a game like Megan Fox can cut through a crowd, have really only had a single reward for all their hard work – that of completing a game and seeing how it ends. Yes, in MMOs you can enjoy building a character or an empire, and you can take pleasure from destroying the plans of others too.

That’s all great, but unfortunately that’s all there is to it. There isn’t really any way to turn all that hard work and game knowledge into something that could be beneficial in the real world.

Until online poker came along.

This combines all the fun of playing an online game, with the potential reward of cold hard cash if you play well. There is also a certain MMO element here. As a poker player, you are building a “character”. Some poker sites take this even further, allowing you to earn bonus points as you play and use those points to kit out your avatar in custom items.

Poker is also a game that rewards practice. Ask any Call of Duty fanatic, or World of Warcraft player, and they’ll tell you to put in the hours and practice to get good at the game. Poker is no different, only instead of kill ratios and gold, you’ll be earning real money that can buy you that nice 50-inch flat screen TV you’ve had your eye on.

Of course, there is an element of risk. Unlike regular gaming, when you lose in online poker you also lose real money. However, you can get in some free play practice before you start, so you have your winning strategies honed to a fine edge before you put down any money.

Doing your homework before you start playing is also important. Just like choosing a good server for an MMO is important, so picking the right poker site to play at is vital as they are not all made the same. Some offer easy games (as they have a lot of very inexperienced players – who are known in the poker world as “fish”), while others offer huge promotions, others still have a massive variety of poker variants (yes poker comes in many flavors), and there are those that have a lot of professionals (known as “sharks” who feed on the “fish”).

So do look around before you decide where to play and check out some reviews. Your credit card will thank you for it.

Gamers also have a sound tactical mind. In fact, their gaming experience actually makes them really good managers. Why? Because gamers understand resource maximization, supply, rarity, and how to do the best you can with the tools you have. Unfortunately, the corporate world hasn’t caught on yet.

Those skills, along with patience and the ability to figure out your opponents, will set you in very good stead with online poker. Certainly, it will put you ahead of those with money to burn and no brain to tell them how to play.

So if you are looking to put your gamer acquired skills to work for you (and there are a large number of poker pros that make their living from the game) then give online poker a shot. Just make sure you grab your fishing gear and avoid the sharks.

I am a Gamer, and I am Proud.

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags on October 10, 2012 by theerivs

Rowan over at I Have Touched the Sky, started me thinking. How has gaming affected my life. It has touched on every aspect of it, some bad, some good. Let’s go on a little journey

Let me say this I am not just a video game lover, I love games in general. I love board games, card games, even rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock. I thrive on competition.  I remember when I was in 4th/5th grade playing Atari 2600 Combat. A game about tanks, and me and my older brother just going at it.  The times I did beat my brother it was like I was king of the world, but more importantly it was serious quality time me and my brother spent together trying to figure out how the heck you solved a puzzle in Indiana Jones, or trying to find some lost city in Pitfall that never existed, but we heard rumors of.

As I growed older those times didn’t stop, I got a Commodore 64 in middle school, and during that and high school every free moment I could spare I was delving in dungeons in Bards Tale, or trying to save the princess Rosalind in Defenders of the Crown. My friends had C64’s too, and we would play games together. I also got involved in BBS’s, and MUDs…until I went nuts one month and the phone bill was 300 dollars…that was put to a halt. Was I’m sheltered dork hiding in my room, no I was a 3-letter jock. I played Football, Wrestling, Track in high school. I had a very social life, parties, and going to teenage dance clubs.

As I entered adult life, gaming was always there whether it was playing Street Fighter 2 at the arcade, or playing Madden against my brother at home. I moved onward and upward to MMO’s in 2002, and never looked back.

Looking back on my life –

The Good –

-I made alot of friends with this hobby, some have been my friends for decades, not years.

– I think I’ve learned alot of skills, critical thinking, the power of hard work, and multitasking, and dungeon mapping…Hey you never know…but nonetheless skills that I would never learn watching TV.

– It sparked my love for computers, and that’s how I make my living now.

The Bad

-There are some sad moments when a friend disappears or no longer is around. There is a loss there.

– The fact saying you’re a gamer still  has a stigma to it. I still get snickers when I say I play World of Warcraft.

– The Hot Geek Girls all have boyfriends already.

The Ugly –

– When I was laid off for a time, I fell into depression and I used gaming as a crutch, and did it way to much to make me feel better. I guess it could of been worse, I could of drank…oh wait I did that too…i could of used drugs…no during that time I did that too…well at least I didn’t gamble…oh fuck I did.  Ok what I’m saying there was a time in my life I wasn’t using gaming as a hobby, and in moderation. I used it to cover up the pain of my life in that time…that isn’t good no matter what your poison is.

Final Point –

Whether you collect stamps, love fashion, or play video games what you do as a hobby or for fun doesn’t define you as a whole, it’s just a part of you, something that spices you up so to speak. You may be a video gamer, but I hope you are so much more, a mother, father, brother, sister, sports fan, movie nerd, teacher, firefighter, etc. The minute you let your passion, become an obsession then you’re going to have problems.

I’m Starting To Feel Dirty Already

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on August 15, 2012 by theerivs

So I’m working on a baby Warlock. I went Demonology. So I got my buddy the Felguard out. He is pretty awesome by the way. At level 16 I decided to start the PvP. I went to Warsong Gulch.

Mistake #1 – Out Gunned – The bracket I was in was dominated by 19’s and 20’s. Hell I got one-shotted a few times.

Mistake #2- Spells/Abilities – My abilities are not getting used to their greatest efficiancy. I didn’t have Fear on my hot bars when I went in. Total newb mistake.  I have to learn what spell is good in what situation, and the cast times of them. I always thought Fear was instant. Which leads me to my next mistake.

Mistake #3- Keybinds – I need to start using them, and a simple method to figure out what abilities need to be keybound, and rotations of a certain specc’d lock. I usually play an arcane mage, the only keybind I need is 1, and 2.

Basically I have alot to learn about this class, In PvE though it’s quite the leveling monster. In PvP you have alot of things going on, but I think I can handle it.  I’m going to level to 19, and head back into WSG and see how I do.

In other news – being a mount whore that I am. I heard the [Reins of the Crimson DeathCharger] has a bug which allows people to copy it, and sell it. I heard this mount will be going away, and you might lose your gold if you bought one. Also heard the banhammer wil be dropping on those using the exploit .

I also have another little project, a Shaman always wanted one.

Let’s Beat a Dead Horse called Feminism

Posted in Gaming, General, MMORPG with tags , , on August 8, 2012 by theerivs

First I love beating a dead horse, not a real horse, I just like dissecting a topic, and analyzing it alot.

So the Bossy Pally made a post about Identity, and Self Identity. In it she made a reference to an older post from a different blogger the Noisy Rogue, she used it as  a reference of escapism. That this blogger was escaping the crucible of his life by using games. Though the post was more pointed at feminists, and used to slander them almost. It basically said you come to my house, you play by my rules. Plus NPR is doing a show on it as well.  It made me think, “Has things gotten better?”

A House Divided…

As of March, I see feminism again becomes a topic among some of my fellow bloggers. This time Effraeti stand’s up and says she is not a feminist. After reading her post, I found myself agreeing with ALOT of what she said. Unfortunately the Feminists did not, and they launched an offensive. These feminists crying they are oppressed by society, and that they want to be treated equally, even when they separate themselves by hate rhetoric, and toss someone who wants more equality under the bus. As a the former president Abe Lincoln once stated, “A house divided, can not stand” . As long as Feminists continue to keep everyone at arm’s length with hate, and not try to embrace their female sisters who don’t subscribe to their hateful rhetoric, they will not be taken for serious. 


There was a Flinstones episode where Betty, and Wilma want to see what the Boys do at their lodge, and to get in they have to say the password…”Ack, Ack, A Dack”  I noticed that over my lifetime, that women always want to break into male oriented things, then when their in, demand things become more girlie. When a girlfriend comes into my male dominated house first thing they do is buying throw pillows, and scented candles. Men don’t have this need to be a part of anything female oriented, well most straight men I know. We don’t go into an Oprahs Bookclub, and demand we read Vince Lombardi’s book. (I’ll wait why the women google that)  When we resist, we are being horribly male. Yes gaming is male dominated, what gives you the right to demand anything? Because you’re female, you have the right not to be looked down upon by us males until you prove yourself. In male culture, that’s what we do on a daily basis, we prove ourselves. Feminists love to mention privilege, I don’t think males have privilege, we have our own trials and tribulations, and your right we may have some privileges, but you as a female have a different set of privileges.

Where I let the little head, do the thinking for the big head…

I was reading over my thoughts  (sadly empowered fire is gone, another arch enemy gone  ) over this subject from a couple years ago, and I noticed it hasn’t changed alot. I feel we all have our problems, whether you’re a male, or female. We all have those expectations placed on us, it’s up to us to either live up to those, or break the mold so to speak. Now I am not the same man I was 2 years ago, I think I’ve become more open…well a little bit more. I do believe we live in a violent culture, and that we as humans are nothing more than animals with a thin veneer we call civility to mask our baser instincts. I have to illusions of what, or who I am. Let me put it this way, if we we’re alone on a desert island, and it was a choice between you, or me…who do you think is going to be dinner?

Is it getting better?

I posed that question to the Female Twitterati (What I call people who use Twitter), and some of them responded it really hasn’t, but the ability to discuss it has become more open. I think it’s a positive move. In spite of my caveman, phallic centric, sexist views, I really do believe in about 100 years from now things will be much different. If we get past 2012, those damn Mayan soothsayers,  with all the phyto estrogens in our soy products, we’re all going to hermaphrodites. For right now though, we still have to live with each other, let’s try to play nice in the sandbox.