Cataclysm Screenshots

Thought I’d post some screens of the Cataclysm starting zones. I have to say, each expansion makes it more difficult to go back to older ones and play them. Leveling has been so well smoothed in Cataclysm that heading back to WoW has been painful. In the meantime, enjoy!

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Finally, an update

Oh, man. I know, I know… I’ve been neglecting my blog again. I go through these spurts of posting a lot, and then posting nothing. Forgive me, I know all five of you that read this blog are probably really upset with me. Or, you are sitting next to me in class right now. Hey, what’s up?

Anyways, as you may have heard, I’ve gotten a job at Cryptic Studios as an Online Community Representative. I started two weeks ago, and it’s been awesome. Not just because of the job, but because I finally can come out and say: “I AM IN BETA AND IT IS AWESOME!”

At NYCC, I got a chance to play the demo Cryptic was showing off, and I was, shall we say, less than thrilled. They gave out beta keys, though, and I grabbed one and installed the game as soon as I got home, just to give it a second go. Usually at conventions, they can’t let you play on the normal beta servers, and so they might set up some individual server solely for the convention. So, you basically have to play in this big, lonely world, that allows you to experience the game without lag, but also without people, which, in my mind, is sort of what defines an MMO. So, I gave it a shot when I got home, and wow! There is a huge difference between the demo at Comic-Con and the state of the actual game. The game is way further along than the demo led me to believe. Also, now that I have an actual grasp of how to play, rather than the 10-second glimpse you’re given at a convention, it’s super-awesome.

Now, I know what you suspicious people are thinking: “Hey, David. It can’t be just coincidence that you’re posting about how awesome a game is right after that company hired you…” Well, it is, and I have proof! I talked to a few friends before getting interviewed / hired at Cryptic, and any one of them can tell you how much I talked up Champions before anything remotely resembling a job came into focus. It’s unfortunate that the NYCC demo didn’t do the game justice. Being hired just allowed me to talk about my beta experiences more openly now, since it’s kind of obvious that I’d be playing the game while working at Cryptic.

That’s all the fun news for now. I was in California this week, picking an apartment, buying furniture, doing all the stuff to get me situated out there after school ends. It’s very scary and very exciting at the same time. Just let me graduate already!