Saturday, May 5, 2007

LOTRO Clever Pet Naming

To anyone who plays LOTRO: If you play a Lore-Master, it is neither clever or original to name your raven pet Nevermore. Yes, we get the Poe reference, the same as we got it 100 times before you decided to try it.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Quatro De Mayo

My new video card came today. It's freakin' huge! I installed it and powered up with no problems. It's an Evga 8800 GTS 640 MB card, so it's clocked at the default speeds, but thanks to NVidia's Ntune utility, I have it overclocked to 520 Mhz core, 804 Mhz memory. I will probably go further someday, but for now I'm happy with the performance.

Speaking of performane, LOTRO looks fantastic with this card installed. I am able to crank up most of the graphics settings to maximum and it still runs smoothly.

Also, I suckered my wife in to buying LOTRO tonight, so she is in the process of making a character now. It's handy to have a built in MMORPG partner.

This day...

Again - Only so many clever thoughts in a lifetime.

Finished my Logitech G5 review today. (Just now, in fact.) Now it's on to the Razer Death Adder.

I am weak. I broke down and bought an Evga Geforce 8800GTS 640 MB graphics card. I blame my friend Tony, he just had to keep bringing it up while I was trying to suppress the urge to purchase. Oh well, at least I will be set for the future DX10 games. Although I guess that involves me reinstalling that nightmare OS, Vista. *shudders* In the meantime (an excellent song, BTW) I shall revel in the glorious improvements the card will make to my Lord of the Rings Online experience.

Speaking of which, I haven't had time today to visit Middle Earth. I think now is as good a time as any. Ta.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Lord of the Rings Online

I work for because I am a big fan of MMORPGs, so it should be no surprise that I like to try out all the major MMORPG releases. LOTRO is nothing new, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but by God it's pretty. You can click the image above for a 1920x1200 view of what I am talking about.

Oh, and it actually runs on a modern computer. Sorry Vanguard, you lose in the fun department, and the graphics department.

Monday, April 30, 2007

MMORPG Names - Dark

I've been playing quite a bit of Lord Of The Rings Online lately. It's a new MMORPG, and I like to try out all the new releases. Well, not all the new releases, but the decent looking ones.

While I have been playing this game, I have noticed there are people who just cannot name their characters according to the naming guidelines. I've run in to RobotFace, ImHotSizzle, ChikMagnett, and other assorted stupid names. I'm sure these people are being reported, since I rarely run in to them twice.

Then there are the people who try, but just don't know what makes a cool fantasy name.

These are the people I am writing for. I am here to give you a hint: Adding the word "dark" to another word does not make a cool fantasy name. DarkDragon, DarkKnight, DarkLight, DarkMoon, DarkDark, DarkJohn, it doesn't matter. In fact, it's not only not cool, it's downright stupid. You look like a moron.

So boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, just don't do it. The hardcore roleplayers with names like SilverLeafFalling or MoonGlide look cooler than you. Mull that over.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

MMORPG Definitions


PST is the acronym for Please Send Tell. It is not a sound effect. It means that you would like somone to send you a Tell - a private message in game. This is not always called a Tell by all games, sometimes it is a Whisper, somtimes it is called other things, but the meaning is the same.

Usage: WTB (Want To Buy) sword of holy crap PST

Incorrect Usage: WTB rod of doh! PST to me - If you are asking someone to PST, it's automatically assumed that they are sending the Tell to you.

WTB holy ghost please PST - You just typed: please Please Send Tell. Kind of redundant, don't you think?

WTB fake poo PST me with a private message - Again, it's not a sound effect.