SWTOR Companions, MMO Couples, Cataclysm Wins and Account-Bound Achievements

A great grab-bag of different links caught my eye over the last day or so – let’s get going!

  • A lot of people are criticising Cataclysm at the moment, but Shintar’s bucking the trend with a great list of things she loved about the expansion“Despite of all those flaws, I really got a lot of enjoyment out of the Shattering. I had fun discovering what had changed and what hadn’t, and I brushed the mothballs off low-level alts that I hadn’t even touched since Burning Crusade. I probably spent more time levelling alts than doing things at endgame, and I had fun doing so. That’s got to count for something.”
  • Darth Hater has a really interesting summary of the current state of SWTOR companions“Tank companions. Everyone gets them, and everyone quickly learns just how terrible they are at actually tanking. In most situations a heavy-armor clad DPS character will actually have better survivability than a tanking companion. “
  • Fulguralis at Killing Em Slowly speaks up on the “MMO Couples” conversation, singing the praises of couples-heavy guilds“Which brings up what I believe to be the biggest benefit of gaming couples, mechanics-wise: they’re in the same room. When my wife is tanking, it’s like she has a built in bonus camera in the form of the pew-pewing warlock. While she’s watching the All Crotch All The Time channel, I can warn her of adds or other impending doom.”
  • And Harpy’s Nest speaks up on an issue I know quite a few people are concerned about – the downsides of switching to account-bound achievements in WoW -_“Think of all the repeatable content which suddenly becomes irrelevant. You complete the Explorer once and you never have to do it again. Done Loremaster, great, now you don’t need to visit Stonetalon Mountains on another character ever again. “_

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