Thanks to everyone who wrote in about their Alienware experiences. Now our C.E.O. knows it wasn't just our bad luck.
Some sad news arrived in my inbox this morning.
"We are saddened to report to you that Mark "Chip" VanDeVelde, a vice president with our company, passed away on Saturday, February 18th, 2006. Many of you may have known Chip, who was a long time industry veteran. Chip was part of the SVG Distribution / Crave Entertainment family since 1998 and was the national sales manager for Konami before joining our company.
Visitation will be held at the McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and the Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 24th - 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
SVG Distribution / Crave Entertainment will be starting a scholarship fund for Chip's daughter Callahan who is 11 years old. We would appreciate it if you could post the following notice about this scholarship fund in the news section of your website and pass the information to your friends and colleagues. Here is the information regarding the fund:
If by check make check payable to:
Crave Entertainment Group, Inc. FBO Callahan N. VanDeVelde
Please mail check to:
Crave Entertainment Group, Inc.
Attn: Lynda Broderick
4 San Joaquin Plaza Drive, Suite 200
Newport Beach California 92660
If by wire please send to:
Crave Entertainment Group, Inc.
For the benefit of (FBO): Callahan N. VanDeVelde
ABA # 121100782
Account number: 751-000373
Bank of the West
300 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071.
The VanDeVelde family requests that donations be made to the scholarship fund in lieu of sending flowers."
Blank. That's what I have today when it comes to ideas for the column.
Let's go out on a limb and make a blanket statement like, MMOG players for the most part don't really know what it is about a game that causes them to keep playing it. In essence, they don't really know what they like. It is akin to running a Farmers' Almanac Swimsuit Contest. If you need me to explain why I used this comparison, then you are one of the players who falls directly into the blanket statement category.
The casual versus hardcore player debate rages on in every game with the lines of what equals casual being moved to suit the community of each game. A casual Lineage player might be a hardcore World of Warcraft player, but it's all relative to the rest of the community. The more you play, the closer you come to the hardcore / casual line of distinction.
It is natural that casual players want to have access to the same gear and content as the hardcore players, but is it fair or even realistic? Wouldn't a casual player with epic gear in fact ruin the game experience for themselves as they are now overly powerful for the content that they are competing against? It always amazes me to see a level 19 twinked out player competing in the World of Warcraft battlegrounds. They level to 19, gear up with the best possible gear and then never level again, all to compete against players who have little chance of beating them. Inferiority complex? Perhaps.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the casual versus hardcore players topic. Send them here!
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day:
Modern historians mistakenly believed that the Roman V stood for the numeral 5. In fact, it stood for Vin Diesel.
Fluff, extra, silly additions, whatever you want to call it, we take it apart today.
Let us entertain you.
Here's what's new on the network!
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Divine Spell List
"e'll Put a Spell On You... Or not. But seriously, we've got more spells for your character-planning pleasure. Zed's research provides us with 1st Level Divine Spells. If you plan on healing the sick and empowering the weak in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), then this is the list you're looking for."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Custom Build - Versatile Cleric
"We're at it again! Zed has a custom build for those who need some inspiration for the launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online:
Stormreach (DDO) on February 28th--the Versatile Cleric. If you want to try out the build Zed's been kickin' it with in the Euro beta, this is it!"
- Auto Assault: The Interface - Part 2
"Lost in upside and can't find the exit back to the Back Range and you don't know how to use the map to get out? Wonder how to sort your inventory? Don't worry! The second part in our two part series about Auto Assault's interface has you covered! This time it's all about the detailed interface parts, like your skill lists and your inventory!"
- Musical Parody and EverQuest 2
"Someone with a gift in art and music is a rare find. How much rarer is the find, when the artist expresses themselves using EverQuest as inspiration? The unbelieveable talented Jethal shares his EverQuest experiences and his wonderfully amusing song parodies. You won't want to miss them."
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Love Makes the Virtual World Go 'Round
"Mercurie gives us his "take" on love and the virtual world in todays Tuesdays Take"
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Spell Casting Basics
"It's time to take a bit of the mystery out of spell-casting in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). Darkgolem thoroughly explains how spell-casting works in DDO for casting classes from bard to wizard. Ready for Spell-casting 101?"
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: The Boomstick Sorcerer
"What carries a staff and makes things go boom? If you guessed Darkgolem's Boom-stick Sorcerer build, then you're on to something. And if you're gearing up for the February 28th launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) with an arcane caster in mind, you'll want to check out this blastacular creation."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Master Thief
"Cloak and dagger. Picking locks and disarming traps. Ralsu thinks he's got it all figured out when it comes to rogues in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). He brings us a custom build called Master Thief to show off his knowledge"
- Auto Assault: The Interface - Part #1
"Ever wondered where your inventory was? Ever get lost in a games interface? Well not anymore! Today's newbie guide is all about Auto Assault's interface. We bring you the first in a two part series explaining the basics behind it. Never wonder again what that weird little icon is next to your skill bar!"
- World of Warcraft: Onyxia Guide - Tactics
"Phase one starts the Onyxia fight. When you reach her lair you will see her resting on the ground. Take this time to buff everyone and ensure that everyone has full health and mana. When everyone is ready have the main tank (MT) charge in with everyone else following about 2-3 seconds behind. The main tank should run straight past Onyxia pulling her to the far north side of the room so that she faces the wall. The best positioning takes a little practice and is a few steps in front of the wall. This is so that the MT's back is to the wall to limit the effectiveness of her push back ability and so that the MT is the only one in front of her when she breathes fire."
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
-- John "Boomjack" Hoskin