There are 50 million bands out there

Another week of food for thought.

Sad news this week with the death of Alex Chilton, vocalist with legendary band Big Star. Many many great tunes, listen to them covered at  at Cover Lay Down, then go buy #1 Record.

It gets late early out there

The (half) weekly roundup:

  • Spinks mounts a nice defence of TotC as a raid trainer, given “it’s not possible to really learn how to play your class in heroics any more” – and bemoans Blizzard’s lack of in game mechanisms for player to player coaching.
  • Alison Roberts, still the best writer by a mile, on how hard it is to learn to tank given the high expectations of LFD: “Everyone wants an experienced professional. Nobody wants to be there for the learning process”
  • Chastity at Righteous Orbs likes the ICC buff and doesn’t care about the boasting: “it seems that somehow, in the minds of a great many people, the moment somebody gets the World First Arthas kill that’s it, and Wrath is all over bar shouting”
  • Rob Pardo, Blizz Supremo, presents an interesting insight into Blizzard’s design processes: “Easy to learn and almost impossible to master / Make everything overpowered”. Worth flicking through all the slides at the end.
  • Ferrel at Epic Slant wants to slow down the levelling race: “MMORPGs need to adopt the Dungeons & Dragons model once more where the game is less about reaching the next level and more about enjoying the ride”. Ties in with his earlier argument to stop level cap increases as the higher the cap the bigger the mountain facing new players: “Additional levels also stratify the player base and create a level disparity”
  • For all of y’all DKs out there, Gravity is taking a stab at creating the definitive DK forums

In other news, Civ V was announced, and at the GDC Civ creator/god Sid Meier discussed  why everything game devs know is wrong.

I believe there is something out there watching us

Deep thoughts from the week past:

For the aspiring wordsmiths out there, the Guardian polls authors for their Ten Rules for Writing Fiction – apparently the first 12 years are the worst…

They’re all smarter than you out there

After last week’s tank-parison, this week it’s tank-pug-hell:

And Devo are back! Fantastic Mark Mothersbaugh interview from 2008 on Phawker too, for those that want to dig deeper. Which is everyone, right?

    The truth is out there

    Read it and weep:

    And today’s offtopic, Music Machinery works out who the real drummers are.

      Be careful out there

      Time for another round of weekly reading goodness:

      Offtopic post of the week: the Sports Guys on supporting officially tortured teams. Anyone in Sydney will empathise when I say the North Sydney Bears are my team, and they more than qualify. Sigh.

      There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man

      Interesting articles of the week:

      And completely /offtopic, a beautifully designed site that captures Movie title screens.