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Artwork of a grey, vertical rectangular box. The top half reads "Atari 2600. E.T.* The Extra-Terrestrial". The bottom half displays a drawn image of a brown alien with a large head and long neck beside a young boy in a red, hooded jacket.

Cover art for E.T the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 (My first console game-*shudder*)

**Note: This blog has been posted with loving permission from my daughter who admits that she was owned on the video game list, but who will still will not admit that I’m a gamer.

This week has been an enlightening one for me in the world of gaming and youth culture. Turns out, I’m old. I’m an old gamer, or maybe I’m not—a gamer that is—depending on whom you ask. We always have the most interesting and fun conversations at dinner, and according to my Gen-Z daughter, turns out, that I’m not a gamer, because I don’t play Overwatch(more…)

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Crafting in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

There’s been a lot of hype this week with the pre-order going live for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch, which releases March 20, 2020. My daughter has been waiting for this game for months. Surprisingly, she is the only person in our household who isn’t a gamer, aside from the random mobile game. I think she has dabbled in Board Kings and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp; hence, her excitement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. (more…)

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Judith Williams in Guild Wars 2For those of you who follow me, you know that I frequently publish content on MMOGology.com. However, that site is primarily dedicated to the academic analysis of online gaming communities. I have a lot to say about video games and not all of it is always academic in nature. So, I have decided to resurrect this old gaming blog of mine, where I will talk about all things gaming that are not academic in nature, including reviews, frustrations, and sweet, sweet, loot. (more…)

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I just wanted to share a friends blog post in which he explains why he isn’t into MMOs. Although I disagree with his outlook on MMOs, I think that he makes a good point, that they have lost something that the pen and paper games had.

http://biggraycat.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/mmorpg-not-for-me/

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Check out my latest MMO article on game design here:

Game Breaking Design Decisions

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Aion = Fun

I was a bit iffy when I logged into Aion this weekend. I just wasn’t sure how it would pan out, and I had a bit of fear that it would be cheesy. Although, now I will be preordering the game. It is a lot of fun. I haven’t found a new MMO in years that I have enjoyed. They all seem to fail in one way or another. This game is beautiful, engaging, has fun combat, and the emotes flat out do it for me!

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MetaPlace Review

Check out my review of MetaPlace and my new article on breaking into the MMO Writing industry.

Enjoy!

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Check out my interview with Laralyn McWilliams, Creative Director for Free Realms at Sony Online Entertainment. This is a great read for those looking to find out more on Free Realms.

Enjoy!

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Haven’t had much time to write on my blog with all the other work now, but I would like to share my review of Free Realms along with an article on gaming resources for women.

Free Realms

Gaming Resources for Women

Enjoy!

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I haven’t had a lot of time to be online lately. It is that time of the year for finals. It will be nice once summer hits and my time frees up! We went to the Earth Day celebration yesterday, and then to the zoo. The Earth Day festival was actually quite good, and the food was much better than the normal fair type variety.  But anyway, that is another post. So I have been using a bit of my free time to play EQ2 that past month, and I quite like the changes in The Shadow Odyssey. It is great to see the game getting back to grouping. It is much like the old days. I also can’t wait to write my first book! Here is a look at the recent review I wrote on the newest EverQuest II expansion.

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