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Carbine Studios announced today that WildStar is going free-to-play, and I just don’t how I feel about it. On the one hand WS is a legitimately great game that never really found its audience, probably because technically they stopped playing hardcore…
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I think you're giving Free To Play an unnecessarily harsh reaction. I get where you're coming from absolutely but F2P != InstaBad. 

There are terrible F2P games out there with cash shops that dive into your wallet the second you walk in the proverbial door, give crappy service and the food is lousy too once you pick through what's under the breaded coating. You can usually spot those a mile away although admittedly sometimes you can get suckered in by something shiny in your face.

But other F2P (and its close cousin, the Buy To Play) games can be really solid options with a lot to offer. I treat them as super-extended trials - if the game proves worthy of my attention, I give it a "subscription" payment and get myself some bling from the store. If it's unworthy, I'm only out the time and the data transfer against my ISP. 

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I have been running dungeons almost non-stop since hitting 50 in Final Fantasy 14, which isn’t very surprising because at this point there are so many of them. I want to run lowbie and story dungeons for tokens to improve my gear, I want to run higher…
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So here’s the terrible truth you guys — I’ve barely played any video games for the last couple of weeks. I feed my virtual cats in Neko Atsume twice a day, and maybe play fifteen minutes of Puzzles and Dragons in bed before falling asleep. Part of the…
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Usually Cat Context records on Sunday evening, but this week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide met up on a Monday morning to talk about MMOs and mods. We probably could have used some more coffee. Elly considers getting back into Star Wars: The Old Republic…
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Okay yes, I know this post isn’t about video games and I haven’t written much here lately. I just recently became fully employed and I have a bunch of freelance gigs, which means long hours while I get organized. Given limited time, I’d rather be playing…
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I was lying in bed at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning playing Puzzle & Dragons on my phone when I noticed that there was a limited-time event going on that greatly boosted the chances of getting a Super Rare god monster from an egg lockbox. Having just started…
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From the non-North American perspective there probably doesn’t appear to be a lot of difference between Canada and America. The two countries are a similar age and have similar demographics. Canada tends to reflect the same political shifts as the US and…
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This weekend I sat down and finally got my first class to 50 in Final Fantasy XIV. Of course in FFXIV, more than most games, the leveling isn’t over yet. I need to level up the other magic classes to get key cross-class skills on my White Mage, and there…
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As I mentioned earlier in the week May is Newbie Blogger Initiative month! One of the ongoing events is a “Talkback Challenge”, where a topic is chosen once a week for everyone to write about. This week’s prompt is: How did GamerGate affect you? Oh dear.…
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Nope, still not a video game post… also when you’re short on time and energy, Newbie Bloggers, consider a post that is nothing but awesome YouTube videos. Ahem. — One of the casualties of our modern binge-watching television habits (thanks, Netflix) is…
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There was a technical problem while recording so the audio is not as high quality as usual. Thanks for bearing with us! This week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide are joined by friend to the show Corranhorn to talk about superheroes, mobile games, and a…
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This week Blizzard debuted their new “WoW Token”, allowing players to purchase months of subscription time with in-game gold. I haven’t put a lot of thought into the theorycraft behind the Token so I’ll leave that to others who have but I can confirm that…
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Hi! I'm interested in a bunch of stuff, particularly:

  • PC Gaming (RPGs & MMOs)
  • Horror and Genre Media
  • Web Tech and Podcasting
  • Cooking (keto)
  • Vancouver / Pacific Northwest
  • Current Events

I'm a compulsive communicator! I work as a technical / copy writer in Vancouver, B.C., as well as run a feminist gaming blog and a bi-weekly podcast on video games. I can easily nerd out about media studies and information design.

I run a lovely gaming community full of people who I would only occasionally like to throttle. I also like to cook (low carb) and watch indie horror movies and foreign reality shows. Sometimes I get in fights on the Internet.

My life's goals are to one day beat the racing penguin in Super Mario 64 and to successfully recreate Molly Ringwald's hairdo from The Breakfast Club.

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I love getting in beta tests for games. Certainly a lot of the appeal is just playing a game for free before anyone else (although I do try

“What’s new in RIFT?” or “Why are people playing this again?”
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Oh hello! I am a little busy this week with work and real life things but earlier today a guildie asked me “What’s new in RIFT and why are a

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And then when I woke up I was green
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I know I swore I would never give Blizzard Activision one red cent again. I know! And I meant it! At the time! But then there’s all this Dra

In which Liore has a hissy fit about the MMO genre
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I am cranky at MMOs today! Despite the fact that I am still very much enjoying RIFT, I feel some dissatisfaction with the genre as a whole.

Turns Out My Line in the Sand is HERE (GW2, etc)
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I know it’s only April, but if I had to name the big theme for the gaming industry in 2012 I’d say it’s the rapidly developing animosity bet

1.2 Pets and Rakghouls: SWTOR Is Worth Revisiting
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Bragging time: Over the weekend an article I wrote last year about being a newbie disc priest on the WoW Arena Tournament server was publish

RPG Review Bonanza, and Why I Didn’t Like Skyrim
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For whatever reason lately — I think I blame the last SWTOR weekend — I have had a deep need to play games with dialogue trees. On Friday ni

WHY ARE WE SHOUTING ABOUT PANDAS?
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Hey guys! Anything interesting in MMO-land happen this weekend? Okay, okay, I kid. If you’re reading this, then you more than likely already

Things that are awesome: RIFT’s Water Saga Questline
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The difficulty debate rages on, but I don’t have to say anything else about it because SynCaine at Hardcore Casual and a comment to that pos

A Glitch-y Weekend Review
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It was a lazy weekend this time around (for a change) and while I had a bunch of RIFT things I wanted to accomplish I also was looking forwa

Skipping Combat and Bioware Drama
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Did y’all get a look at the Bioware “drama” yesterday concerning Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and SWTOR writer Jennifer Helper? Some

Located in the rapidly gentrifying area of Railtown, Two Chefs and a Table is almost exactly what the name implies: a tiny space with great cooking. You'll probably have to wait for a seat, particularly for brunch, but it's worth it! I had the chicken and waffles. The waffle was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and the chicken batter was spicy but not too thick. If you enjoyed your meat, head up the block to Big Lou's Butcher Shop which is owned by the same folks and sells their delish hand made sausage.
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