Relative Dimensions #21: "It's Like Call of Duty--In The RL! Oh & Chris Hit 90"

A shorter episode this week - bare with us as we are trying to improve the show. Send us your feedback and help us out by telling us what you did/didn't enjoy!

Topics/News Discussed

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Walking Dead Season 3!!!!!!! Actually going out and shooting guns!!!! DCUO Player Housing! http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/10/18/soe-live-2012-dc-universe-onlines-next-dlc-introduces-player-h/ STO Azure Nebula event http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/10/18/star-trek-online-shows-off-the-azure-nebula-event/ Marvel Heroes MMO First Look http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/10/18/marvel-heroes-mmorpg-first-impressions-nycc-2012/ STO new gateway http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/10/16/star-trek-online-shows-off-its-new-gateway/ WoW 5.1 Patch http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/10/17/blizzard-patch-5-1-is-going-to-change-what-it-means-to-be-a-wo/ http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/10/13/darkmoon-faire-updates-in-store-for-patch-5-1/

13 Geek Caves http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/13-geek-caves-f.php

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Intro/Outro Music "L3" by Skyhawk on his album "Function"

4 Things I've Learned So Far In Mists of Pandaria

Last Tuesday, the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, was released!  Those of you that keep track of Relative Dimensions, you know that Philip and I have planned to spend the past weekend diving head first into the new content.  Yet, during the short time that it's been out, I've learned a thing or two that I'd like to share with y'all.  You'll just have to click on to find out what they are.

1) Blizzard has stepped up their storytelling.

More than any other expansion, I have really been drawn into the storyline behind Pandaria.  I have seen many people downplay this expansion as just "Kung Fu Pandas", but Blizzard has gone above and beyond to deliver an awesome story.  The first quests that send you towards Pandaria consist of cinematics that grabbed me immediately and wouldn't let me know.  The quests are designed to lead you around the various landscapes, revealing more and more of the storyline(s) that Blizzard has scattered throughout the different zones.  I can't wait to see what happens next in the storyline, and I'm only level 87!

2) The Battle Pets system is familiar, yet still awesome.

There's no doubt about it, this new Battle Pets system is Pokemon.  From the over the shoulder viewpoint that happens when you enter into a battle to the cheesy battle music in the background.  Yet, like many things that Blizzard does, they have taken this system and tweaked it into a great product.  I love the aspects that they have added, such as constant reminders of what is weak/strong against what in both the pet descriptions and on the individual actions themselves.  I can quickly glance down and know what attacks are going to be strong/weak/normal against my opponent.  With the random PvP matching system, its really easy to jump into a match quickly when you have a moment to spare.

Which leads me to:

3) I suck at Battle Pets

Either that, or the logic that Blizzard uses to pair you up with people for PvP pet battles does not match people as close to your level as it claims.  I think the only random Pet Battle I've won is the very first one I participated in, when all my pets were level 3 or below.  Ever since then, I've lost every single match, typically because the people I fight have 3 pets that are all the same level.  Conveniently, that always happens to be the level of my highest pet.  I'm hoping that I need more experience with the system and that eventually I'll get some sort of strategy together.

Finally:

4) So much to do, so little time

WoW is far from dead.  This expansion brought a wealth of content to the game (something that many people claim Cataclysm failed to do).  Between the Battle Pets, farming, questing, new dungeons, and new aspects like Scenarios and the monk class, the problem you face when you log in is which path to venture down.  Where as in Cataclysm, Philip and I were quickly leveling through the content and got to 85 in no time, we have spent most of this weekend playing Pandaria and have only just hit 87.  I believe that I will be enjoying this expansion for a good long while.

Are you playing the game?  Why or why not?  If so, what have been your thoughts?

 

Relative Dimensions #20: "Where Are The Rare Candies?"

This week we announce a few changes to the show, which are that: A) We are no longer recording the show live.  It is too much of a strain on my internet and I'm not happy with the quality that results from it. B) Instead of recording a show and an aftershow each week, we will just record the main show each week and then once or twice a month have a show where we can play some games/check out something new.

With that, listen to us ramble about the new World of Warcraft expansion, and watch me suck really bad at the new Battle Pets system.

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Intro/Outro Music: "L3" by Skyhawk on his album "Function"

 

Relative Dimensions #10: "Forget April Fools, Let's Call It Bazinga Day"

Sorry on the delay on this episode - was extremely sick last week and wasn't able to post this episode.  We don't let April Fools get the best of us; as we go through some top companies known for their April Fools pranks: Blizzard, Google, and ThinkGeek. Also, as always we throw in some gaming talk.

Big News

April Fools Jokes! Google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google's_hoaxes_and_easter_eggs#2012 Blizzard http://tagn.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/april-fools-at-blizzard-2012/ Anchorman 2!

Main Topics

World of Warcraft Minecraft Star Trek Online

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Relative Dimensions #9: "The First Aftershow Beforeshow"

This week, we don't spend TOO much time talking about Star Trek and Star Trek Online, as Blizzard released a bunch of information about the new expansion for World of Warcraft. We discuss whats coming, and what we think about the changes. Also, we briefly discuss the season finale of the Walking Dead

Big News

New Info for WoW: Mists of Pandaria (plus the Beta is out!) http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/03/19/mists-of-pandaria-march-2012-faq/

Main Topics

The Walking Dead World of Warcraft Star Trek Online

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Relative Dimensions #8: "A Star Trek Surprise"

This week, Philip and Chris talk a lot more about Star Trek and Star Trek Online -- and Chris has a surprise "Look what I found" that will leave Philip astonished!  Also, we announce the first "Relative Dimensions Aftershow", where we hope listeners will tune in and play video games with us after recording the show.