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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London


Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day.   Let’s go with this…


Every once and a while I like to share a funny (or at least funny to me) personal story, so here goes…

Thanks to a freakish storm this Spring my house has been undergoing some renovations for oh, about six weeks.   I’ve been sharing my home with electricians, plumbers, flooring dudes, drywall guys, painters and roofers since early in May.   I don’t mind the guys; they have all been very polite and easy going, but I have literally had to move everything in my house from room to room to room like a Chinese fire-drill for six weeks.   

If you are anything like me, you flourish in an environment of structure and don’t fare quite so well in chaos.  My family has been in chaos for six + weeks, both with the renovation issues and my son with a broken collarbone.   Fun times at Casa Hoskin.  

So, it should have come as no surprise to me when I went to make some toast and peanut butter (breakfast of champions) this morning and found that we had no peanut butter.   What we did have were at least eight empty peanut butter containers, all of which were scraped right to edges sitting in the cupboard, hidden by various other food stuffs.   It was like peanut butter locusts descended on my home and scoured the PB from every pantry and cupboard.  

So, we’re out of PB, big deal.   Why in the name of all that is Kraft do we have all of the empty containers in the food pantry?   Nobody seems to know.   It never dawned on anyone to throw the damn things out.   “Why didn’t you throw them out?” my son asked as my wife and daughter giggled away at the kitchen table.   Apparently throwing out PB jars is somewhere on the Dad’s list of things to do.   It’s my charitable contribution to the family.  

Needless to say, our cupboards are still spilling out the front with empty PB containers.  I won’t throw them out on principle now.   I’ll be a star in the TV show Hoarders, but I only hoard PB jars.   

Blizzard has been hoarding money from the sale of their Cenarion Hatchling vanity pets to send to Japan’s disaster victims.   They announced yesterday that their charitable contribution will be $1.9 million USD.    That means that they sold 190,000 of those vanity pets between May and July 31st.

In other WoW news, Mione solo’d the freaking Lich King.   I’ve seen groups of 85s that couldn’t beat this encounter.  

Nice job Mione.

I sat through the Blizzard investors conference call on Wednesday (not sure when you will see this posted), but some interesting news was shared.

  • The subscription count dropped again, but more slowly.  There are now 11.1 million worldwide subs to the game.
  • New content, patch 4.3 is on the way this year.   It will be the largest content update since Cataclysm launch. This will include major new raid and dungeon content.
  • The new trial system has resulted in a “significant increase” in new account creations.
  • The company is investing in new projects that “have not necessarily been announced.”

Share your peanut butter,  charity or even Lich King stories.   The phone lines are open.  Caller: You’re on the air..


As always, you can contact me a number of ways:

  • Email
  • Twitter
  • Website
  • Telepathy (Just make sure it’s during business hours.  I hate to be woken by this stuff)

Until we meet again,

John “Boomjack” Hoskin

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.