Icecrown and the Frozen Throne

Kil’jaeden cast Ner’zhul’s icy cask back into the world of Azeroth. The hardened crystal streaked across the night sky and smashed into the desolate arctic continent of Northrend, burying itself deep within the Icecrown glacier. The frozen crystal, warped and scarred by its violent descent,...

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Your Clan Citadel can be upgraded

It’s typical: you wait ten years for a clan-owned environment to turn up, and hundreds of them arrive at once! Clan Citadels, floating castles in the sky, have drifted over the horizon for you and your clanmates to customize and own. Hold clan meetings, coordinate...

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Player ‘completes’ Diablo III video game

To make the task harder, Kripparrian used the game’s “hard core” setting which left little room for error. The achievement has been confirmed by the game’s developer, Blizzard .The hugely  popular Diablo III game casts players in the role of a hero who has to save the mythical world of Sanctuary from a demonic invasion.Kripparrian made this job as hard as possible by playing the  game’s Inferno mode which makes in-game enemies much tougher. In addition, he used a “hard core” character. This meant that, if the character died once, the game would be over. He also got in-game help from another player called Krippi. The final fight against Diablo, the ultimate boss in the game, took about 25 minutes and Kripparrian was jubilant once it was done.The achievement was completed prior to the application of the  latest patch for the game which makes monsters easier to kill. With this patch, the bosses, the mobs, they become easier,” he said in the video of the kill. “We didn’t want to beat it that way. We  wanted to beat the game when it was hard, at the hardest point possible. So it was a race against time.Perhaps there are Japanese role-playing games that fit his description; I immediately thought of dodging 100 lightning bolts in Final Fantasy X (as seen above) when I read the Gamasutra article, but that was an optional side  quest and from a game over a decade old. The end result is a simple ideal: If you enjoy that game’s combat, you’ll enjoy the game. If not, you’ll hate it. This becomes the essential distinction: “grinding” is an entirely subjective measure of whether the game is enjoyable or not. Role-playing games are particularly weak against accusations of being grind-focused, but that’s somewhat unfair. RPGs tend to be longer than most games, and their combat tends to be slower-paced. That’s not for everyone, to be sure, but Gears Of War’s narrow, repetitive focus on gunplay-while-hiding-behind-boxes isn’t for everyone either. Treating role-playing games as if they are grind-focused is a statement of personal preference, nothing more. 

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President Bush ‘Ownz’ on Runescape

Washington, January 14, 2007 — Prior to the November 7 midterm elections, many political analysts wondered how President Bush would handle the last two years of his presidency if the Democrats seized control of the Congress. Nearly all agreed it would be a lonely time...

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Directed the fury of the Light into the first orc

Once again the city was bathed in brilliant radiance as scores of orcs were struck by the Light, the crimson glow dimming from their eyes momentarily as they slumped forward to be dispatched by the remaining draenei warriors. The wall shook, and Nobundo’s hooves slid...

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