Hey there everyone! It has been a little too quiet the last few days and that has bugged me since I had wanted to share what I had been up to in game! You see, I love PVP. I would dare say that at one time, I was pretty good at it. Now days, I am a little rusty, but that is alright. I still love jumping in and having fun. Well, lately I have noticed that immediately upon entering the battlegrounds, all you hear are people complaining about how the Horde always loses. Now granted this is mostly true if you are constantly getting stuck in Isle of Conquest, but if we set aside that particular battleground, then based on my own individual results, the Horde is winning around 50% of the battlegrounds I have been in.
I will use yesterday as my basis for this discussion. I had enough time to grind out a few battlegrounds and I was in dire need of PVP gear, so I hit the random queue and removed the restriction I had set against Isle of Conquest. (I really do dislike that one overall.) I immediately got Isle of Conquest. While it was not the greatest match ever, it was competitive with the Horde having the Alliance commander at 10% when we lost. Compared to how most of those matches goes, it is not too bad. Next up, I got Warsong Gulch. I don't know about you all, but the original battlegrounds are still the best battlegrounds in my humble opinion. We quite easily dealt with the Alliance team there and won the match. Up next was the Silvershard Mines, which I usually have really great games in, but not so much this time as we lost. Next up was Deepwind Gorge, which I still know very little about. As a side note, I need to actually read up on what I am supposed to be doing in there. Would probably be better than just following around a mob of players. However, in this instance that worked out! As we won that match. After the Gorge, was anothe Isle of Conquest, which we were embarrassed in. The night's action was finished up in Arathi Basin, where once again the Horde team rebounded and won the game.
So that was three wins and three losses. In terms of playing with a random group of people in order to accomplish a very specific task, I would say that is probably the best you could hope for outside of queuing with a premade group. So it brings me back to wondering why so many players, I assume they are there on the other side of the field too, are complaining about never winning? My experience has always been that there are some battlegrounds where the Horde does well, some where the Alliance does well, and then there are the toss-ups. I think this is a good thing. Winning all the time would be a very boring thing to me. There is a part of me that even likes getting queued into Isle of Conquest and having a little bit of hope that this match might be the one where my team wins, and you know what... when we do win on that rare occasion, it feels absolutely great.
Then again, I remember back in the day when we would do the battleground grind for tokens. It was something like a loss would get you one and a win would get you three. It was important to try your hardest because you had to obtain multiples of each type of token in order to get things like PVP gear and the mounts. Dear Light do I ever remember the grind to get all of my mounts! Now I am not saying that grinding for tokens and a little bit of honor was harder than grinding for just honor, but I think the tokens made players work harder because the thought of running twenty Alterac Valleys for a single piece of gear could make some players go weak in the knees when they then realized they still needed tokens from Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin!
At the end of the day, I realize there is nothing that can be done about those players who choose to complain, and in some cases not even try to win, but if by chance you come across this post, then maybe you will do a little experiment on your own and see that it is not honestly that bad. So what do you all think about battlegrounds? Like them or love them? Any good stories or memories from back in the day of grinding out tokens? Make sure and share them with us all! As for now, I am heading out and will catch you all tomorrow. I will however, leave you with one more picture! Feel free to put a caption on it!
I was sitting at work the other day and came across an article that was talking about this young kid who was playing Destiny with a friend. As the story goes, his friend knew these two other gamers who he had invited to their group. One of the gamers had told the two that they knew about this glitch in the game that would allow them to speed up their leveling. Being a kid, he was a bit naive, and jumped at the chance to level a little quicker. The kid turned on a Sony feature which allows for sharing directly with another player and internet trolling happened.
At the end of the day, there are quite a few things to take away from this story for everyone. I think the first thing is for parents of kids who play online. Make sure your kids understand that the concept of "stranger danger", doesn't just apply to the real world, but also to these great fantasy environments that we all love. As this little guy found out the hard way, some people are out there to just hurt you. Fortunately, for this kid, it was simply a stranger deleting his characters and destroying some gear and nothing worse.
I think the second thing to really take away from here is for parents to be vigilant with their children. I will be the first parent to admit that it is hard keeping tabs on your kid with all of the modern tech that is out there. This is compounded by the fact that our kids sometimes may know more than even we do about their tech, but we have to make an effort to see what our kids are up to online and who they are associating with. I have had to have this conversation quite a few times with my sneaky little gamer, but I would rather have it a million more times versus hearing him break down sobbing like this little guy did at the end of the video showing what happened.
The other big thing, for me personally, to take away from this incident is that we need to not always be looking for the quick way to achieve our goal. In this case, the kid was looking for a way to quickly gain levels. He even acknowledged this by telling his viewers on his stream. In reality, he was willing to break the rules and cheat to get what he wanted a little quicker. Now he isn't the first one to do this. How many of you can think of at least one or two instances where you either knew someone or heard of someone who had their account hacked in WoW because they bought gold from a third party? When we step outside the guidelines of the games, bad things happen. I truly hope that his parents take this instance and use it to reinforce the fact that rules are not there to prevent you from having fun, but rather to facilitate a safe environment for everyone to have fun in.
Well, that will do it for me for today. I am curious to know what you all think about this particular incident? Do you feel the guy who deleted the characters was wrong? Do you feel the kid was wrong? Do you feel the parents was wrong? What do you think should or should not be done regarding this situation and others like it? Drop your comments and share your opinions with us! If you want to hear the entire thing, then I have included the YouTube video below. Have a great day and see you guys next time!
Happy Wednesday and warm wishes to all! I say that because I am freezing cold and it just doesn't seem to want to quit snowing now! Today's post is going to be a short one folks. I was scrolling through my YouTube feed videos yesterday and I noticed this video and right away my interest was peaked. I love strategy games and thus in turn have really enjoyed playing the various online card games. I really don't know too much about this one aside from what the video showed us all, but I am definitely registering for the beta and look forward to eventually getting a chance to get my hands on this game!
So along that line of thought, anyone have any good games to recommend to me? Share with me the awesome strategy games that you all are playing! Well gals and guys, I am out of here! Catch you all next time!
I was going to wait until Thursday to post this, but gosh darn it... I couldn't! So instead of a "Throwback Thursday" type post, I created my own new fancy day in Toss Back Tuesday! I spent most of my day today, aside from the hour of terror this morning in my attempted commute to work, cleaning up my PC. Time for an exaggerated statement! It has been ten years since I last cleaned up the files (more like a six really) and as I am getting closer to finally building the new one, I figured that the snow day would be a good day to begin the task!
So I dove into the my computer files and realized I really need to be much more organized. I probably had no less than twenty "Holy Shock" folders hidden all over the place! I cannot even begin to count the number of random locations I have found screenshots from WoW, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and a few other games; however, I am trying to take my time to actually sort them all and properly label them. While reviewing one of these great treasure troves, I came across the above picture.
Go ahead and take a really close look at that sucker and begin to reminisce on the glory days of the Burning Crusade! While your head is filling up with all of those memories, let me point out some of the things that stood out to me!
The very first thing I noticed is that I had absolutely zero add-ons running at the time of this photo! Not a single blessed one! For those of you who may not have been around here very long, there was once a time where I ran entire raids without a single add-on. Then again, I also ran without any macros, hot keys, and other such things too. I refer to those times as my nub years, but by the great Light, they were some great times!
So take a look at Widowmaker now. Notice that green little face there! How many of you Hunters remember back in the day where you carried at least one bag completely loaded with random foods? For those of you that might be newer to WoW or the Hunter class, there was a time where you had to feed your pet in order to keep it happy and with you. The worst part was that each pet family (spider, bear, cat, etc.), required different kinds of food. Some liked meat and others liked fish, but not matter what they liked, you made sure to keep stacks of it on hand so you were not left high and dry when you needed that little buddy of yours!
The next thing that jumped out at me was that I was duel wielding swords it appears. Man do I miss how awesome that looked! I am sure Rogues, Warriors, and all of the other melee classes do not miss those days. C'mon, you Hunters out there know that you rolled need on every darn weapon that dropped in the game due to the fact that technically you could use most of them! I think I still have my Merciless axes from back in the day for Lrem.
Speaking of weapons! Check out my bags! Yup, that is a genuine quiver sitting there! One of my single favorite things to do on the auction house was break down stacks of the epic quality arrows and bullets into stacks of 100, and then sell those stacks to the players who used the original WoW auction house interface! I made so much gold off of those poor people. Then again I made gold off of a lot of people who were a few arrows short of a quiver if you know what I mean!
Something else I noticed while looking at this old pic was that I had "Eyes of the Beast" on my bar still! I use to love to hit that ability and have Widow chase after Edyion! There was nothing better than seeing the world through the eyes of my precious little Widowmaker!
Alright the final thing I noticed here is that I was level sixty and running the Blood Furnace! How many remember the old days before dungeon finder? You know the days right? Where you actually cared about your reputation on your server in order to not be black listed as a jerk? Man I use to hate those long waits while spamming for a tank, but now I miss those days too. No matter what anyone says, I still think that the quality of the groups were much better and the social interaction was more civil because you had to rely on your fellow players to get anything done, but that is a soapbox for another day, am I right?
So how about all of you! Anyone have some old pictures from back in the Vanilla or BC days? Heck I guess we could even consider Wrath to be the good old days eh? If you do and you want to share them, then I would love to see them! I know I kind of rambled on about some old features that have been done away with, so I am curious what things do you remember (both good and bad) that are no longer in the game? Well, that is going to do it for me today, catch you all next time!
Hey everyone! I cannot even begin to describe how good it feels to be sitting here writing my first actual post for Holy Shock in a very, very long time. I am sure some of you may have thought that Holy Shock had gone the way of so many other blogs and gaming sites, but that is far from the truth. There was not a day that passed by where I didn't find myself trying to sit down and write out a post, but something else always seemed to creep up. The truth is for a while there I was even debating on just throwing up a goodbye post and ending it all; however, I am no quitter and the honest truth is that I really love having this venue to share what gaming is like from my perspective.
I think part of the problem with the site actually was that I lost the focus of writing about playing the games I love from my perspective, but instead started focusing on ways to improve the site and make it grow. I started seeing the numbers of hits or lack of them on some days, and rather than just write from my heart, I chose to try and create a whole new concept for the site. In the end, it always resulted in the same thing... nothing! I came to the conclusion that it resulted in this because I wasn't having fun any more. I started to transition from viewing gaming as a hobby and something to do with my friends into something that was focused on everything but having fun.
So I decided to take a lot of time off from the site, from video games, and from a whole lot of other things. I spent the last year reconnecting with myself. During that time I would catch myself grabbing a notebook and jotting down ideas of things I wanted to write about. Some of these were gaming related and some of them were not. I am not sure how or even if I will choose to use any of those ideas, but what I do know is that I am absolutely back to having fun playing video games!
So what have I been up to? Well, when Warlords (or WoD for future note) dropped, I waited a couple days before I even bought a copy of the game. I wasn't really sure if I wanted to spend the money on something that I had been slowly playing less and less of. I finally decided to purchase it and so I ordered my collector's edition from Amazon and a couple days later was back in the game. All and all, I maybe started a week or so behind most everyone else.
I felt like a change might be a good thing and with the long queues to log onto Kil'Jaeden, I chose to level my shaman, Holeycow, over on Daggerspine. I made it to cap pretty quickly, as that was my focus at the time. I decided I would race to cap and then begin the grind for raiding. Well, I got bored of it and pretty much gave up playing the game with the exception of listing stuff on the auction house. Even the auction house was boring to me and I ended up losing a ton of items and gold due to not even logging in to clean out the mailbox.
All this was happening right around Christmas and New Years. If you don't know, then let me fill you in on my lack of love from around the end of November through the end of February. It is a busy time at my job and I think just about every family member and friend have their birthdays crammed in there too. Not really too sure why I mentioned all of that, aside to say that this is a really busy time of the year for me.
The funny thing is that I started really missing just sitting down and playing video games. I was sitting in my house one night watching my son play a Mario game. He was laughing so hard at something he had done that he barely made any sense at all. It made me feel nostalgic. It also made me miss the fun that I had always known. Well, needless to say, that spark lit the fire back inside me and it reminded me that you need to just have fun sometimes, and that is exactly what I have been doing for the last couple weeks.
I was sitting at my desk one night and I was getting ready to play some Minecraft when the urge hit me to play WoW instead. I kind of laughed at myself for a moment, but then I thought why not? So I logged in and grabbed Holeycow and started running some random battlegrounds. I know right now I just lost some of you as soon as I mentioned random battlegrounds! I like them though, always have and probably always will. I cannot remember how many I played, but before I knew it, it was eleven-thirty at night and I had to make myself log off in order to get ready for bed.
Well, needless to say, I logged back in and have been logging in a little more often ever since. One night as I was logging in, the character screen popped up for Kil'Jaeden. I am not sure why because I have been pretty much ignoring my characters on that server. I looked at the list and I saw Ruhtra standing there and I just had to log in. My bars were a wreck! My gear was outdated! I had no clue what my key binds were, but you know? I didn't care. It was like starting all over! I did a quick set-up to get a spec worked out for prot and off I went!
I still have no clue what is the proper build. Haven't taken the slightest look to see what stats I should be prioritizing! Nope, instead I have logged in and slung my shield at enemies and looted their corpses shortly after its initial impact. I honestly don't care about what is the right or wrong way of playing at the moment. All I care about is that feeling that I am having fun!
So what does the future hold for Holy Shock? Well, at some point I imagine I will actually start to study builds and begin sharing my thoughts on that sort of thing, but for the short term future, I am simply going to have fun and share that fun with all of you!
So what have you all been having fun with lately? Make sure and share it with us in the comments section! See you guys next time!