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My top 10 games of all time

In the past month I’ve been seeing oh so many posts ranking the best games of 2012 and the best games of all time on almost all the big gaming websites… I started to wonder what was my favourite game of all time and how on earth would I ever be able to choose?! Do I choose the game that I played the most? Or perhaps the game that had the best story and/or gameplay? Maybe it’s the game that was the most expensive (lol). But I’ve decided I would rank the games based on how much I’ve played them and the fact I could always return to the game. Halfway through the list I realised I actually didn’t have that much to say or explain why the game was so good that it made the list but it just had to.

Pokémon Blue - GB/GBC

1. Pokémon Blue

It’s always hard to pick your favourite whatever, and I had a really hard time picking my favourite game, but I ended up picking Pokémon Blue. This was my first Gameboy game and I’ve been playing it ever since. It’s one of those games that you can play over and over and over again without it ever being boring.. Sure there are other games, other Pokémon games as well, that have the same feel about it, but Blue was my first and I think it’ll always have that special place in my heart, and I’m quite satisfied that it’s #1.

 

2. World of Warcraft

After I picked #1 the 2nd game was fairly easier to pick. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since 9th grade if I remember correctly (around 2007), and I’ve been stuck ever since. There has been periods where I’ve been so close to quitting the game because it’s been rather boring and because.. well.. wasn’t the best for your social life. But I can’t stop playing it. The game is magical and it really deserves to be the 2nd best game of all time.

3. Diablo 2

Diablo 2 should be in everyone’s top 3. This game is so amazing in every aspect. The story is incredible and the gameplay is awesome! This was one of my first pc games that I bought on my own and still is one of my best purchases ever. But even though I haven’t played the game for around 5-6 years I still remember everything about it, and I really want to play it again, if only I had the time to do so.

4. Heroes of Might and Magic III

I’m a bit surprised that I didn’t place this game a bit higher. I can’t describe how many hours I spent playing this game. On my own, with my brothers and friends and even with a nanny I had way back. Even though I absolutely sucked at his game I couldn’t let it go.

5. Warcraft 3

When I first thought of the list I was pretty damn sure that Warcraft 3 (including the expansion pack) would be in my top 3 and I’m sad to see it isn’t. This was my first RTS game and this world was almost as magical as World of Warcraft (who would have guessed?). I never knew how to play 1v1 and I was horrible at the DoTa mod (which also was my first interaction with the MOBA world). I think Warcraft was one of the main reasons for me getting into WoW, which was why I thought it would be higher on the list. But it got a neat 5th place though!

6. Counter-Strike

I wasn’t sure if Counter-Strike should make the list as I haven’t played it for way too many years. But I have played it just as much as Heroes, Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 and therefore I think it should make the list.

7. Crash Bandicoot

Oh good old Crash Bandicoot… I think this was one of our first Playstation games and… Okay honestly don’t know what to say about it.. The game is fun and can entertain me for hours. Although I should note that it’s the first 3 games I had in mind, not the newer games.

8. Grand Theft Auto

A classic piece of video games. The first 2d games (I do believe it was for Playstation) was so exciting and different from the other games I had played. I didn’t own it myself so had to borrow it from my cousin. This made it even more awesome I think since I couldn’t play it as often as I wanted. When Vice City game out it changed everything. Okay maybe not everything but boy was it a game to play, I mean sure we’ve had driving games and games where you’d have to kill to survive, but I don’t think there was any game where the bad guy was the hero. The same goes for San Andreas really, and now that I think about it… God I want to play GTA San Andreas!

9. Skyrim and Mass Effect 2

2 games?! You’re cheating!! Yes, yes I am, and why? Well because I felt these two games deserved to be on the list. They both have amazing story and gameplay and I’ve spent so so many hours on them.

10. World Cup 98

Okay.. I couldn’t help it… This game is amazing and without a doubt my favourite football game ever..!

 

Some of the explanations/description was quite short, but if you ever played the game you know they don’t need to be explained, they just need to be played! I do believe this is my top 10 list, but I also believe it can be changed easily, depending on when you ask me, so let’s just go with this list, shall we?
But this is it from me for now, Mike is over and out!

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Viri Fortuitus are back in business!

Second week of Mist of Pandaria and first week of raiding! Last post I mentioned that I was excited about the new raid (Mogu’Shan Vaults) and with good reasons! First proper guild raid in months and Viri Fortuitus sure looked good!

First raiding night (Wednesday) and we were all ready! Everyone was more or less hyped and really excited as we got started. Everyone on Ventrilo, flasked and well fed as we started on the trash. But Viri being Viri we obviously got raped by trash a few times too often… But we got it cleared and stood in front of The Stone Guards. Now I cannot remember exactly how everything went as I have a horrible memory, but I can tell you that the fight was a bitch (at least for us healers)! Having no mana at 80% just really doesn’t work you know… But we learned quickly and slowly got closer to killing him, and after the 22nd try we finally managed to get him down!

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Second raiding night went somewhat just as “smooth”, although I was horrible irritated by the lack of mana for me and the other healers, and I was ready to rage-quit at one point. But Viri did what Viri does best and kept going and we went for that famous last try.

As Barbiella wrote on our website: “At 3% we started to think that “we’ve got this bro, we’ve got this!“, but no! Feng the Accursed had some buttkicking up his sleeve and at 0.8% health, 90% of the raid was dead. Left was the mage who refused to die, and the spirit healer who refused to stop spamming all the buttons. When 0.1% of the boss remained, the mage fell down dead. And much to our surprise, so did Feng! The screams were glorious, and as our dear tank Grim stated: Viri does not need gear to pwn.”

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As I mentioned in the previous post I was hoping for one of the guildies to stream the raid, but I’m afraid that didn’t happen, BUT Barbiella recorded the fight, here you go peeps:

We had some problem with getting people for Monday and Tuesday so we didn’t have the chance to raid there, but I do have a raid in 15 minutes, so let’s hope it goes as good (or even better) as last week!

I’m afraid that’s all I have to say for now, Mike is over and out!


A week in Pandaria

Evening peeps!

It’s a week since World of Warcraft: Mist of Pandaria was released and I can honestly say that I’m in love with everything! Blizzard really did an amazing job with this expansion, and it’s just as good (if not better) than The Burning Crusade.. Yes I said it, deal with it!

The pandas look awesome, and the quest lines are fun and not at all boring in any way (if you’ve done the raccoon quest with Socke you know what I’m talking about!). And then there is the landscape! Can’t say they did an amazing job all over Pandaria, but the Jade Forest, Kun Lai Summit and Vale of the Eternal Blossoms makes up for the lack of awesomeness in the other zones.

But one of the most epic moments in MoP so far was finding the Shrine of Fellowship! And now you’re wondering.. “Am I supposed to know what the hell that is?!” and yes.. you should! Maybe not by name, but if you’ve seen the opening cinematic or even the trailer on TV then you’ve seen when they fight and the panda (Chen Stormstout) fixes the Hammer thingie that the Orc broke!

And after a week of enjoying everything in the game, we finally get what we really want… New raid: Mogu’shan Vaults. Don’t know anything about this raid really, but the bosses look great and if the mechanics are anything like in the dungeons then it can hardly disappoint!

File:Mogu'shan Vaults loading screen.jpgI doubt we’re anywhere close to being geared for it, but that has really never stopped us! And as our dear Grim said (I changed it a little bit but all credit to Grim!):

We are totally undergeard
We do not know the tactics
We don’t even know where the raids are
But we are Viri, we do not need gear, we do not need tactics
We are strong, we are badass
We are awesome
We are Viri!

I wish I could stream the first raid, but I’m afraid that ain’t possible, so lets hope one of my guildies will do it!

But that’s about it for now, Mike is over and out!


How World of Warcraft could save your business and the economy

One of my friends sent me this link, where a Learning guru and author explains why an expert/high level player in World of Warcraft could be more beneficial than an MBA from Harvard.

It’s only 6 minutes long, and really worth watching!

 

But if you for some reason don’t have any sound you can read it:

I would rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than an NBA from Harvard.  Why is a game, a massive multiplayer game that has maybe 12 million people or more playing it like the World of Warcraft, so important at both the individual level and maybe at the corporate level?

To understand these massive multiplayer games like World of Warcraft, do not think about it as just game play but look at the social life on the edge of the game.  A typical night, there will be approximately 15,000 new strategic ideas created around the world.  If you want to compete that night or the next day, somehow you have to appropriate in your own play what 15,000 new ideas mean to you in order to go into this high-end raid.  Most of these high-end performance groups in World of Warcraft create guilds; you have to have a guild to do anything because it’s a fundamentally collaborative game.  These guilds will be sometimes 100, 200 people.  Guess what?  They don’t have a bonus structure to guide them to incent them.  Only passion, only interest works.  And what you have to have is find a way to turn this guild structure of several hundred people into knowledge refinering groups.  And so basically, self-organizing to some extent, things start to happen, particularly groups go off and say, “I’m going to study this.” “I’m going to study this.” “I’m going to try this idea out and by tonight I will have consolidated . . . this class of ideas about how this particular new magic potion might actually work to re-heal you faster.”  Blah, blah, blah. . . .

And so what we’ve done is we’ve turned this entire kind of social organization into an ideation structure and an idea-refinement structure, all as more or less self-organizing groups.  I mean, show me anything that happens in the corporate world that has 15,000 new strategic ideas.  Possibly biotech does, but no world I know about in the corporate world.  We think about ten new ideas already overloading us.  You know, 10,000 is unthinkable.

When we look in to the social structures and the knowledge capability, refining and generation capabilities of these guild structures, there is something going on here.  These are not just self-organizing groups.  Basically every high-end guild has a constitution.  The leaders of these guilds also have to do dispute adjudication all the time.  They also have to be willing to say, “Let’s measure ourselves.”  These guilds are truly meritocracy-based.  And so even if you are the leader of this particular high-end raid, at the end you do an after-action review, and the after-action review each person is open to total criticism by everybody else.  You can replay the whole thing because basically its all computer-meditated so it can be captured.

But equally interesting to me is you can’t play in these complex worlds without building dashboards.  And these are dashboards that are measuring you, are measuring your state of being.  They also measure all the things happening around you.  Now, let’s step back a moment.  Every corporate situation I’ve ever been in has dashboards.  These dashboards are measurements that are superimposed on you by your manager.  So we live in a world of measurement and basically it’s famously said, “If it’s not measured, it won’t get done.”  You’ve probably heard that before by many people you discuss.  And isn’t it interesting that all those measurements are decided by your boss, applied to you?  In World of Warcraft you invent a dashboard for yourself.  So this whole idea of thinking about how do I build measurements to facilitate my own performance for me and me alone becomes very interesting.  And in fact, in the World of Warcraft, there’s a simple mantra I encounter all the time: if I ain’t learning, it ain’t fun.

Now let’s think about re-designing the workscape for the 21st century.  What would it mean to have each of us in a workscape define our own dashboard, our own source of measurements?  Suppose we actually then built little groups whose sole job is to accelerate learning in our particular interest group inside the corporation.  How do we start to completely turn the whole notion of what the workspace is about, or the workscape, I’m going to call it, about into something that becomes a talent accelerator for myself to pick up new ideas, to be able to learn faster with doing things with others and so on and so forth?  These are the practices that you’ll pick up in World of Warcraft if you are in one of these high-performing guilds.

And so it is an amazing learning environment with powerful learning tools that I think we in the education world can learn a hell of a lot about and we in the management world can learn a lot about.  But it gets back to this notion of passion, it gets back to this notion of curiosity, and it gets back to this notion that this is an interest-driven phenomenon that unleashes exponential learning of a dimension that’s almost unimaginable any other way.


Mist of Pandaria release date announced!

After several days of literally non-stop work I came home and checked my facebook, and I saw nothing but people spamming about 25 September,  and I rather quickly realised that it was no ordinary date, but the release of the new World of Warcraft  expansion, Mist of Pandaria! Now if you somehow managed to live under a rock for several months/years you might not have heard of the upcoming expansion, but people have been guessing the release date for several months (as they always do of course) but I have to say I really didn’t expect it to be released this early! I didn’t expect it any time before Christmas or early next year, and I don’t feel any excitement over the game being released, except that it will get lots of people back to WoW, not to mention to Viri Fortuitus!

mist of pandaria art workHmm so for you who haven’t really read anything bout the game, lets take a quick look at it shall we?

New race! Haven’t you always wanted to be a panda? Big, black/white, Asian and not to mention fluffy?!
New Class.. Now I haven’t really been reading much about the Monk class, but as far as I can understand it’s somewhat an all-around class (as in healing, tanking and damage). I’m not really excited about this feature, so lets just leave it here!
Pet battle system! Always been a fan of Pokémon?! Well Blizzard stole their idea! Use your vanity pets to beat other players! Kinda a lame idea, but I’m kinda looking forward to it! I can’t wait to kick a certain pink haired gnome’s ass!
Challenge mode: Now this is FINALLY something I’m really looking forward to! In almost every racing game you can get bronze, silver and gold medal for beating the best time and all that, and now Blizzard has applied this to the raids! Sure, 1 guild on the realm got the first kill, but if you can make the fastest kill it will be almost as good! I’m almost getting too over excited!
“Lesser” updates like new continent (which is placed on a giant tortoise for some weird reason), new NPC races, new talent trees and so on and on.

That was just a quick recap of the new features, and as I’ve been reading this I sort of got excited bout the release after all! Now let’s see how the next two months will be!

Now have a look at the BlizzCon 2011 WoW:MoP trailer!

Anyway, other than these news, as far as I can read on different websites Blizzard is already thinking of releasing several other expansions! Gotta love Warcraft ❤

But that’s it for me now! I’ll try to be back as soon as possible with more exciting news about boring stuff (or just another post)!


The team is bigger than the player!

Ever since I decided that I wanted to get a bit more serious about my gaming, and become a bit more than just another game out there, I’ve really tried to improve my gaming on Starcraft, but it’s really demotivating to get rape over and over again by those damn Koreans! Although I’m starting to win a few more games than I usually do, I’m still stuck in Bronze League and it is sort of frustrating… Yeah I know I shouldn’t expect to become that good right away, as it does take time and practice, but I was hoping it to be just a tad better than this!

Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’m way better off being in a team rather than going solo! When ever I play 2v2 or more on Starcraft I’ve been able to get to higher leagues, even all the way up to Platinum!
No, I’m not saying that I suck at 1v1 or that I’m getting carried by my team, I’m saying that I’m a team player! It’s not only in Starcraft, but also in League of Legends where, if I just have a decent team, manage to do pretty well, and if I’d play ranked I’m sure I could get up there somewhere (that’s me trying to be honest without sounding too selfish!).

I’ve also just started to get interested in World of Warcraft again, seeing as PvP is still fun there, and I’ve found a group of people who are good at it, and they keep going at the rated battlegrounds, and they are doing good! Again here, whenever I’ve joined them I have been doing rather good!

So now I’m sort of wondering if I should cut down on the 1v1 in games like Starcraft (which is kinda sad since the game is great fun!) and go to the more team based games like LoL, WoW or FPS games. Even if the FPS games become so horrible boring after 2-3 hours of gameplay!

Now some of you might think “Mike don’t be such a pussy and give up already!!”.. Well I’m not giving up, since I’ll still play the game and wanting to get to higher leagues, but team based games got my interest yet again!

But that’s it for me now, Mike is going back to studying for the exam!

(And I still have that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. product key if anyone is interested!)


My prayers have been heard!

In my last post I was talking about how there was only a month till Diablo 3 was being released and how badly I wanted a beta key, and it turns out that my prayers have been heard! The manager of CopenhagenGames gave away a few beta keys to the crew, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of them. But of course it shouldn’t be that easy for me… Turns out Blizzard had some problems with their servers or whatever it was, and that every time I tried to activate my beta-key I got an error, yay..! I tried to add it a few times a day for a few days but without luck. But yesterday Blizzard decided to have an open beta weekend, where everyone could enter the beta and have a look at Diablo 3! So today the game finished downloading, and I finally had my first look at Diablo 3, and it looks awesome! But so far I’ve only managed to try multiplayer out, due to some errors when I’m trying to start singleplayer, and I do not approve! Hopefully the lovely chaps at Blizzard will fix it soon so that I can play properly!

But not only did I get a beta key for Diablo 3, Blizzard also decided to finally give me my Mist of Pandaria beta key! I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it! I mean, who doesn’t want to be a panda? or at least kick some panda ass!

So yeah, open Diablo 3 beta weekend, so all you have to do is log on battle.net (or create an account if you don’t have one (dont worry it’s free)) and download the game! And while you’re at it go subscribe to the World of Warcraft annual pass to get the Mist of Pandaria beta!

That’s it for now I think, I’m just waiting for my brother to pop online so that we can kick some Skeleton King ass!
Mike is over and out!