Or just some tidbits I want to bring up but which don’t quite justify a full post.
Nintendo and More Nostalgia Validation
As part of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, Nintendo released Virtual Console version of the original Pokemon Red, Blue, & Yellow on February 27th of this year.
They just reported some sales numbers, which included more 1.5 million copies of those three titles. Not bad for 20 year old games. Of course, as I noted, vanilla Pokemon, if you will, plays pretty well.
EverQuest II hits Game Update 100
I can’t recall if EQII has gone through every number, 1-99, with updates, but still, hitting 100 is something of note. And this update has a bit of a nostalgia twist to it. While I’m not exactly thrilled about the owl mounts, the re-use of Zek, the orcish wastes zone for additional content has me happy. It has always been one of my favorites among the original zones, probably for its consistent/coherent “orcs, orcs, orcs” theme.
I won’t be playing it however. For openers, I think my highest level characters are still in Kunark… which is late 2007 content. And then there is the fact that I am still pottering around on the Stormhold nostalgia server, where I am level 22.
However, Stormhold still seems to be lively enough. There aren’t five versions of The Commonlands running any more, but Freeport always has a couple versions running due to population. Still, it is nostalgia one way or the other. That seems to be a theme of late.
Blizzard Might Give You a Free Copy of Warlords of Draenor
Way back after Blizz announced the Warlords of Draenor expansion, I had a post about phishing attempt offering a free version of the expansion. One of the key tells was Blizz giving you a free copy of… well… anything.
Of course, things change. As Keen reports, Blizz now has an offer out to long lapsed subscribers offering them some free game time as well as a FREE copy of Warlords of Draenor.
Blizz must be staring at the reality of a long spring/summer until WoW Legion hits. They stopped announcing subscription numbers last year, but it would be hard to imagine they have gone up from 5.5 million in the last six months.
Of course, this offer has only gone out to people who didn’t purchase Warlords of Draenor, which is making me think about my pre-order of WoW Legion. Given that my post-Cataclysm experiences in WoW have generally been best when I am late to the expansion party… being a year late to Mists of Panderia was excellent timing… I am tempt to just cancel my pre-order and wait a year or so until Blizz is ready to give me a free copy of WoW Legion. Or until they open a retro server. One or the other.
DC Universe Online and on XBox One
Well, the first title for the company formerly known as SOE has made it to the XBox. As promised earlier this year, the five year old DC Universe Online has gone live on the Microsoft console platform.
Back during the Daybreak transition, this was one of Smed’s selling points, the ability to get titles on to XBox. We shall see if it was worth the effort. But at least they made their “Spring 2016” target. Making dates is generally a good sign.
Diablo III Season 6 Starts Tonight
Just a passing note on this. I had a lot of fun with Diablo III and Season 5… right up until the moment I got that last achievement and stopped logging in. Goal driven much? Still, the Season thing seems to work well, especially for those of us who are goal drive. And here comes Season 6.
However I am not sure at this point if Season 6 is in the cards for me. I might need to skip a season to keep it fresh. I would want to play a fresh character again, but not another crusader, so I would have to figure that out. And I would have to see if the rewards appeal to me at all.
EVE Vegas is Coming
One of the final announcement at EVE Fanfest this past weekend was the date for EVE Vegas this year, which has sort of become the US EVE Fanfest. The official EVE Vegas site has all the details.
Tickets went on sale while players were still in Iceland and the early bird discount tickets were gone in a flash. I am tempted to go. I had a good time last year. However, Halloween weekend seems like an awkward time to plan such an event. It will definitely not be an “off” weekend for the strip, which means prices for everything will be up and venues will be crowded. Not a problem for the party animals I am sure, but for a grumpy old guy who prefers discussion groups with maybe four or five people, this might not be the ideal date. Anyway, tickets are going fast so my decision to go or not might be made for me.
Anyway, those are all the items that I had on my list of notes. Tomorrow there will be an end of month post and then we will be in May.