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Stace Spation 2½’s fresh new lights

This is Stace Spation 2½. Specifically, it’s the arrival ship. When you start the game, you’re in this ship.

Having a tile-based RPG isn’t all that interesting. Lights help decide the mood. Here’s the same picture, but this time, with the old lighting algorithm instead of having everything completely bright.

Yikes. That’s what you get with a simple algorithm like the one Stace Spation 2½ used until today. Here’s what it looks like now.

The new lighting algorithm uses bilinear interpolation and has a curved falloff instead of a linear one. As usual, source code is available.

[Insert MMO Name] isn’t boring – you are.

My friends who have played Guild Wars 2 tell me that its combat is much more fun than World of Warcraft’s combat. Of course, most of them haven’t played World of Warcraft since the end of Burning Crusade, and I haven’t played Guild Wars 2.

Today, I was on my shaman with my guild’s leader. We queued for a random Pandaria dungeon and got a group relatively quickly because I’m a healer. The dungeon was Mogu’shan Palace, one of the two mid-level dungeons in the newest expansion pack.

The tank clearly wasn’t playing the same game I was. Just as we entered the dungeon, the tank ran into the middle of the enemy-filled room and every single one of them ran after him. Here’s where the story deviates from the norm: The tank didn’t die.

The tank — sorry, I don’t remember his name, only that he was a warrior and that he was awesome — continued to run around the room, dodging every attack the enemies threw at him. That’s the Guild Wars 2 meaning of dodge, not the World of Warcraft definition, which is closer to “dice roll”.

The tank was able to hold “aggro” on all the enemies while avoiding the damage. The job of tanks is usually to make sure nobody else is being attacked by the enemies. This tank went one step further – he wasn’t being attacked by the enemies either!

The facilities are available in World of Warcraft to do Guild Wars 2-style dodging, and I’m sure there are many other parallels between MMORPGs that are simply not bragged about enough to be known as part of their gameplay. Continue reading

GARROSH HELLSCREAM FOR PRESIDENT OF AZEROTH

GARROSH HELLSCREAM

FOR PRESIDENT OF AZEROTH

Garrosh Hellscream

MORE QALIFI KWALI QAULI BETTER FOR JOB
THAN THE OTHER MORONS

PLAN? ONLY WEAKLINGS HAVE PLANS!

 I WILL CRUSH THE DUMB SMELLY HUMANS!

MY OPPONENTS ARE SMELLY AND DUMB TOO!

Thrall

THRALL STOP AND THINK ABOUT THINGS WHEN IT BETTER TO JUST HIT WITH AXES AND SWORDS!

WE NOT WANT A SMELLY DUMB THINKER ON THRONE!

Vol'jin

VOL’JIN IS BAD PERSON WHO EAT FLESH. HE WOULD EAT YOUR BABY.

ALSO HE IS UGLY.