Author Archives: SynCaine

About SynCaine

Former hardcore raider turned casual gamer.

Outer Worlds: Thoughts after finished the main quest

I beat Outer Worlds this weekend, finishing the main quest. I specifically state the main quest because I skipped all side quests from about the halfway point in the game. My character was level 24 at the end; the level … Continue reading

Posted in Fallout 3, Random, Review | 3 Comments

The broken promise of the MMO genre

Could you imagine playing the same videogame for a decade? Ten years, one game? If this question was asked in the 90s, it would seem silly. That would be at least two generations of consoles, and PC hardware was changing … Continue reading

Posted in Asheron's Call, Clash of Clans, Dark Age of Camelot, EQ2, EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, iPhone, League of Legends, Lord of the Rings Online, MMO design, Ultima Online, World of Warcraft | 7 Comments

Old Blizzard teaching New Blizzard the same old tricks

There are two ways to take the news that New Blizzard is finally learning from Old Blizzard about how to make an MMO. On the one hand, maybe it gives you hope that New Blizzard can turn Retail around and … Continue reading

Posted in MMO design, Rant, World of Warcraft | 8 Comments

The Outer Worlds: A few more thoughts

A few more thoughts on Outer Worlds as I continue to play it: To start, I’m still very much enjoying it overall. It’s not flawless, but has far more good than bad, and even the bad isn’t ‘oh god this … Continue reading

Posted in Random | 7 Comments

Blizzard and J Allen Brack reverse course on the Hong Kong situation

Blizzard, and more importantly, J Allen Brack, have publicly apologized for incorrectly handling the Hong Kong / Blitzchung situation. If we are being 100% honest, this is about as much as Blizzard could have done at the very opening of … Continue reading

Posted in Inquisition Clan, Mass Media, Site update, World of Warcraft | 19 Comments

Early Impressions: The Outer Worlds

I’ve started play The Outer Worlds via Microsoft Game Pass, because paying $1 to play a new release that I’m interested in seems like a decent deal. So decent, in fact, that I fully don’t understand how the economics of … Continue reading

Posted in Fallout 3 | 6 Comments

WoW Classic: New Blizzard removes layers with New Blizzard execution

My motivation to blog about Classic is obviously down thanks to the whole Bliz/China issue, which sucks on multiple levels that I’ve already written about. Blogging today because New Blizzard continues to screw up Classic, which at this point is … Continue reading

Posted in MMO design, Rant, World of Warcraft | 7 Comments