Weekend Confirmed: Friday LAN

My brah Zack is bringing his PC and Rock Band 2 drums over and we’re basically going to nerd it up, living off energy drinks and subway. Some Rock Band and Guitar Hero is bound to go down, as well as the usual Warcraft 3 and/or Starcraft LAN matches. As for MMOs, we’re going to both test the waters some more in Age of Conan, maybe install Guild Wars, and I’ll continue to try and resist reactivating Warhammer Online again, but the Public Test Server is calling me to come test thet Slayer and Choppa.

So, updates may be few and far between today and tomorrow – just a heads up. Have a great weekend!

MMOs and whining

What is it about MMOs that attract such hostility and whining? It’s like the players have some bitter resentment about paying $15/mo. that leads them to bitch about every single thing. World of Warcraft is filled with constant QQ about class balance and itemization, Warhammer players have whined about the end-game oRVR since the beginning, despite improvements made by Mythic, Lineage 2 players still complain about bots and farmers, and I could go on for every game under the sun. I know the Internet is all about faceless arguing and trolling without any real-world consequences, but it gets old pretty fast.

It just makes me sick to see so much effort and attention focused on the negative. Gamers need to cheer up and bloggers need to stop being so snarky.

An announcement and clarification of the “Donate” button

As you may have noticed, I’ve added a paypal Donate button to my page. Don’t be alarmed, however. I’m not expecting donations and I’m not waiting for my rent to be paid by readers! It is simply just an addition to my page that doesn’t hurt anyone to add, and is completely optional and you can even ignore it.

However, in regards to any donations made, I will be 100% transparent with the donations and what they are going towards, and when. Unfortunately, MMO developers and publishers aren’t waiting in line to give iWinButton.com exclusives and coverage yet,  so I’m left paying for all my MMO subs, hosting, and retail boxes. In light of that, all donations will be for the production and advancement of iWinButton.com, with the majority going towards MMO monthly fee subscriptions, new games to research, review, and play, and other managerial efforts to add new features and make iWinButton.com the best MMO blog it can be.

A big thank you the handful of regular readers I have. I continue to optimistically do what I do here, because of people like you.

A gloomy week and why I picked up Red Alert 3

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The layoffs over at EGM/1UP have really put me in a non-gaming mood as well as a general haze over my week. I haven’t touched LOTRO in at least a week, the queues in WoW have caused a crisis in what server my friend and I play on, and the massive disappointment of Death Knight and the boring, daunting, idea of leveling 1-60 again is causing me to lose interest altogether.

I’ve gone on a mission to download and archive every single season and episode of The 1up Show and that is proving to be taking up enough of my time to distract me from my gaming drought, and entire 33gb and counting worth of distraction. Thank you AT&T for not limiting bandwidth (yet). Reminiscing and watching past 1up Shows has sparked an interest in non-MMO gaming, which led me to pick up Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 today on sale for $29.99 at Best Buy, with my handy gift card I received for Christmas. The gift card, combined with my recent sparked interest in learning how to properly play and micro real time strategy games got me pretty excited about C&C RA3. I love the over-the-top FMVs the C&C series is none for, and the cast they got on board for RA3 is perfect for the game. Why hello there, Gemma Atkinson and Jenny McCarthy.

So I’ll be busting into that tonight after the BCS Championship game, but other than that, I don’t see myself playing an MMO until I kick this little lethargic bug I have going on about WoW and LOTRO.

On a side note, go listen to the ex-1up crew’s new RebelFM podcast. It’s fan-fucking-tastic to hear them all again. Now I just need a 1up Yours 2, with Shane, Garnett, and J. Davison all back together 😦

My heart goes out to all the EGM and 1up Staff

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This has nothing to do with MMOs, but it’s one of the saddest days ever for video games. UGO has bought 1up.com, and in doing so trashed Electronic Gaming Monthly, along with the majority(?) of it’s PHENOMENAL journalists and employees.

Not only is this a horribly dark day for video games, but a dark day for printed press as well. One of the longest standing video game publications is now DEAD. I grew up with stacks of Electronic Gaming Monthly holding my hand through generation after generation of video game consoles.

The thing that most upsets me is that the journalists who inspired me to set game journalism as my goal and career in life, have to be put through this mess. My hear goes out to everyone at EGM and 1up.

Adrian Frieg
Amy Mishra
Amy Moran
Andrea Garcia
Andrew Fitch
Andrew “Skip” Pfister
Anthony Gallegos
Cesar Quintero
Christina Rosa
CoyLou Steel
Derek Chinn
Doug Parsons
Eric Ellis
Giancarlo Varanini
Greg Ford
James “Milkman” Mielke
Jason Bertrand
Jason Wilson
Jervilyn Jaramillo
Justin Frechette
Leslie Gelfand
Marci Yamaguchi
Matt Chandronait
May Tong
Meredith Stowe
Michael Donahoe
Monique Convertito
Ndubuisi Madu
Nick Suttner
Norris Boothe
Philip Kollar
Rey Serrano
Robert Bowen
Rosemary Pinkham
Ryan O’Donnell
Ryan Scott
Shane Bettenhausen
Simon Cox
Tammy Ross
Tipler Ubbelohde

You will all be missed. Thank you, and good luck.