Gaming

Why I love… Blogging (vs Vlogging)

Apologies for the WIL… delay this week, Blizzcon articles, gnomes and work got slightly in the way a bit  I’m a fairly old school kind of person in some regards. I’ve always been someone who has preferred writing over talking, blogging over vlogging, considering my words carefully before committing them to “paper” so to speak. I’ve been blogging for nearly 20 years now, starting in 1997 on various temporary websites for 4 years before deciding to purchase my first domain name, www.the-yarn.net, to host my wafflings online. I’ve been blogging in one form or another on and off all those

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Gnome Hunters confirmed for Legion!

https://twitter.com/Abrosiabi/status/665213527657996288 GNOME. HUNTER. GNOME + HUNTER = HUNTERS THAT ARE GNOMES. GNOMES THAT ARE HUNTERS. CONFIRMED. GNOME HUNTERS PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT A DRILL! GNOME HUNTERS! *ahem* Mechanical Chicken starter pet as well, as per the above image, recreated here for your convenience: Seriously though, can you tell I’m excited about this? Can you? If not, get your eyes checked, seriously. Demon Hunte…who? Sorry Illidan, you’re yesterday’s news. It’s no secret I’ve been a not-so-secret gnome lover since I began playing WoW. In fact my first ever character was, you’ve guessed it, a Gnome. A Gnome Warlock in fact. Named Saroth,

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Gaming

Blizzcon Day 2: Warcraft Roundup

So Day 2 is mostly done and dusted, and we had the final half of our televised WoW panels. First up was the Game Systems panel, and here we learnt quite a bit, including some massive news for transmog junkies! No cross faction chatter in Class Halls This is a big one. And an amazingly dumb decision to boot. The fantasy is that you’re the leader of your entire class, the head honcho, the boss, the guvnor. A leader of considerable power and repute, fresh from commanding a successful force on Draenor. But you can’t talk to those guys over there.

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Why I love… The Flash

No, not that one, this one: The Flash as a TV show has just begun its second season in the US, but what I really want to talk about here is its debut season last year. The first season of The Flash, starring Gustin Grant as the titular character was in my opinion very probably the best debut season of any TV show I’ve ever had the fortune to watch. But let’s start with the set up. Barry Allen is a forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department, when an explosion at the local particle accelerator (what, there’s not one

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On design and updates…

I’ve been working on a new design for headers etc over on Twitter over the past few weeks, and I think I’ve hit upon a design idea that I’m happy to run with for the foreseeable future! Making it more generalised in step with the broadening of the theme of my writing, so it’s reflective of more than just gaming. Started using Adobe Illustrator for the headers rather than my old favourite, Photoshop. It works quite differently, and there’s going to be a learning curve, but I really like the clean results vector artwork gives. It certainly makes logo design

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Gaming

Why I love… Super Metroid!

Welcome to this, the first article in my regular series called “Why I love…”! This week we’ll be taking a look at the game that stands proudly at the pinnacle of my “Favourite games of all time” list: Lineage & History Super Metroid is a 2d platformer and adventure game where you play as Samus Aran, a Bounty Hunter who roams the galaxy hunting Space Pirates. In this particular case she’s chasing after Ridley, a Space Pirate commander, who has stolen the last known surviving Metroid and fled to the planet Zebes… It was originally released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo

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Why I love… Stuff

I love stuff. In fact I love a lot of stuff that ain’t even games! Shocker, I know. With that in mind I’m going to be writing a regular series of articles where I’ll be gushing over various things, such as: TV Shows Music Games Retro Games Movies Tech Science Psychology Philosophy Design Diet & Exercise (noooo, don’t make me!) And much more… Essentially all the subjects I’d be covering in general on Crux, but this series of articles will be focusing on specific examples of the above list. I’ll be working out a full posting schedule, for these and

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Lifting the veil of Sar Crux…

Yep, I’ve changed locations as well as names. For clarity, the following has changed: Twitter handle, from @sargaming to @sarcrux Website URL, from sargaming.net to sarcrux.com Why the change? Well, over the past 6 months or more, I’ve become a lot more vocal about other things outside of gaming, such as politics, atheism, and so on, alongside the things I’ve always loved like gaming, books, movies etc etc. I’ve been discussing a lot of these on Twitter, and it didn’t feel quite right talking about the intricacies of socialism vs capitalism with a gaming related twitter handle. Similarly I follow quite a

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Gaming

Long term petting, in at the deep end.

So, over this past week I’ve managed to complete a couple of long-term goals. First up, the legendary ring! Huzzah! Finally managed to get through the chain and get the final reward, Maalus the Blood Drinker. So once I’m back from hols and raiding again, that should give a nice boost to my DPS. Frequently over the past several weeks whenever I’ve not been top DPS, it’s been mainly our raiders that have already gotten their legendary rings that have been beating me. It took me that wee bit longer to get mine because of course I switched mains a

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Windows 10 gave me ideas…

Ok, so having had Windows 10 installed over the past 24 hours, I’ve pretty much fallen in love with it. Even though it’s sometimes buggy and the Start Menu had managed to crash on me completely yesterday necessitating a fix (see my twitter feed), it’s a really lovely OS. The mix of the Start menus from Win 7 & 8.1 is something I’m really digging, and the aesthetic is really very lovely to look at. In fact it reminds me a hell of a lot of the Gnome interface in Linux, which I also love. So with that inspiration in

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Gaming

Twitter Game Giveaways: Full Details & Restrictions #sarsfreegamegifts

Ok, so I’ve got quite a stash of games to give away that I’ve already purchased on Steam, and have got duplicates of in Bundles, or as mystery gifts from the likes of @Bundlestars. So what I’ll do is give away 1 game/addon every Saturday, starting on 11th July. Giveaways will be at whatever time on a Saturday I get all the entries collated and pick an entrant at random. How to go about entering? Follow me on Twitter, and retweet the giveaway tweet you’ll see each Saturday after the previous week’s winner has been announced.   Each giveaway will be

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Content vs Consumption: The lie behind the spin.

Click it to get the original size graphic! Update: Forgot to include the Pandaren starter zone, so that takes Mists up to 11 zones! The Infographic says it all. I may have to take another run at those Wrath figures, because they do seem a tad high, despite the fact the Wrath zones had tonnes of quests, and there were all the dungeon and raid quests (RIP) and all the Argent tournament related quests. The resulting figures do state pretty clearly that so far in WoD we’re still sitting at about 66% of the content of the previously most sparse

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