Good News Everyone! The Steam community for Steam Family Sharing announced yesterday that everyone in the group should now have access to the Family Sharing feature. If you have a household with multiple computers that run steam this is amazing! In our house we have two Steam accounts, multiple computers, and even more steam gamers. My account has the bulk of the games….97.2345% of the games we own are on my account. In fact the only games my wife has on her account are ones I bought for her so we could play multiplayer. Previous to this feature, if I was playing a game and my kids wanted to play a game within my game library, I’d have to sign out and play something non-Steam. Now, I can share my library of games with her account so that I can keep playing Borderlands 2 while my kids play Castle Crashers. All I needed to do was sign into the other computers with my credentials, go into settings and authorize that computer to have access to my library. Now no matter who signs into that computer, they can install and play any one of my games (so long as I’m not currently playing that title). Now the verbiage on this feature keeps mentioning anyone within my household so I don’t know if there is any IP address checking. This could possibly prevent me from signing into my buddies computer a few towns over and allowing him access. In the end I don’t think that’s a big worry of theirs because I’m pretty sure there is a strong cap on how many computers can be authorized. Now I wonder if they have a solution like this for Computer Gaming Centers. It would be ideal for there to be one master account and X amount of licenses to loan out to all of the computers on the network. Perhaps thats how some of the technology has worked for years now in their Cyber Cafe program (https://cafe.steampowered.com/)
Good lord its been awhile hasn’t it…Anywho…
Had a discussion with another gamer few days back on the Xbox One and how I think the console is just awful. That can be summed up in this shortened version of the reveal.
- Call of Duty
Give me a break…none of those things interest me. The whole reason I bought a Xbox 360 was to play kinect games with my kids. So I was very excited to see some of the new kinect features. Heartbeat sensor!?! Wait…I remember something about that tech from an earlier MIT video (Found here). Hmmm… Kind of cool I guess but I’m starting not to feel so comfortable with that level of digital access to my home.
So Borderlands has been out for a few days now and I’m sure most who have played it have logged enough hours to make it to the central hub town of Sanctuary. In there you’ll find a mysterious golden chest that can only be opened by….wait for it…..waaaaaait…….A GOLDEN KEY! If you preordered the game you should have been rewarded with the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club DLC which grants you this golden key among other perks. In this golden chest you’ll find a highly valuable weapon based upon your current character level. Open at level 10 you’ll have an awesome gun that’ll last a day or so until you out level it…open at level 50 have an awesome gun that’ll last till a DLC raises the level cap.
Yesterday Blizzard let us in on a Sneak Peek of what is coming for Patch 1.0.5 around defense changes and a new event called Infernal Machine. They are continuing their habit of nerfing what needs to be nerfed but mostly buffing players and skills. What intrigued me was the new event they mentioned which is the Infernal Machine.
New Event: Infernal Machine
The Infernal Machine is a device that will allow level-60 players to battle “uber” versions of some of Sanctuary’s most nefarious bosses. While the rewards for defeating these bosses will be great, some assembly is required.
What is the infernal machine?
I turned 31 less than a month ago and I really am kinda feeling that if I don’t create healthy habits now, its going to be too late. I’ve given up elevators and carbonated sugar beverages (Beer is still on the menu!) so those tiny baby steps are helping. Still I need to add in exercise and I need to do it my way…the digital way.
OK so I had heard about this kick starter awhile back and kind of forgot about it. When looking at the most popular Health and Fitness apps, this pops back up on my radar. Well I was kinda concerned about the price tag ($7.99) if it would turn into an app I use just a few times then quit…man is it worth it.
So is anyone surprised…..at all….that Blizzard has decided to push the real money auction house (RMAH) off twice now? The first said “no we’ve decided not to have it at launch but soon after…” then not much longer after the fun filled “error 37″ launch they said “As we mentioned earlier this week, we’ve decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22…Our new estimated date for the launch of this new system is Tuesday, May 29.” So do you think it’ll even be ready by then? Not I.
So yep…I’m thinking hiatus might be over. I stopped blogging here when I quit WoW. …..just kidding…I stopped blogging here long before I quite wow. I got extremely lazy and realized that my lack of blogging might stem from a lack of enthusiasm for World of Warcraft. Kind of easy to blame that right? Well now I might be putting that to the test. Because I’m blogging here again yet still not playing World of Warcraft.
I put a lot of time into this site and just to let it continue collecting digital cobwebs seems like a crime. I built it to talk about the game I was excited at the time. Just because I no longer play that game (for now) doesn’t mean I still don’t play games. So…I believe what I’m trying to say in this post is I’d like to convert this blog away from WoW only and move it into all of my gaming adventures.
Isheepthings.com as a domain name won’t make as much sense but it will make an interesting story down the road. Too bad I didn’t have as much planning and forethought as WorldofMatticus.com. His domain origin story at least had a plan for something like this. So…On to what games I may or may not post about:
Games I’m currently playing (several times a week):
Diablo 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (a likely post topic for awhile)
Games I’m excited to try out:
Firefall (I have beta but haven’t started)
Mech Warrior Online
Games I’ve played in past that I might play again:
World of Warcraft
Star Wars The Old Republic
Absolutely anything in my hella expensive huge steam library…
SURPRISE! I pretty much don’t play anymore. Keeping true to my blogging promise, if I don’t have anything interesting to say, I’m not going to say it. I absolutely refuse to put up posts unless I was mused to do so. This has always and will always be my method of blogging. I’ve always looked at my audience as a friend I might be discussing WoW with while munching on beer and pizza. I’m not a Type-A personality and I don’t have that guru entrepreneur spirit that enables people to building a huge following because most of what I have to say isn’t all that interesting. This is why when I started playing less and less WoW, there was absolutely nothing to post about. Cataclysm came out, I blitzed to 85, and then we moved servers. There I did a heroic or two with the guild and ran a handful of early raids. But I never really had the time I used to have. Back in the “day”, I played nearly every single night and most days (when I had a “stay at home job”). Since December, I’ve moved my family into our own home, was “restructured” out of my main job, was ½ employed for 2 months (I say ½ because for nearly 5 years now I’ve worked two jobs, one full and one part time), found a new job and still have no time. Working 65-70 hours a week doesn’t leave much time for games when one of my favorite games is “pin the head on the pillow so we don’t fall asleep tomorrow during business hours”. To that end, I’m announcing my retiring form WoW for the foreseeable future. I’m not at all ruling out returning to the game at some point. But for now it just doesn’t fit my schedule. That’s why I’m posting to say I Sheep Things.com is on official Hiatus instead of the unannounced absence that I’ve given it for the past 6 months. Actually more like 18 months when you factor in Rhii did all the posting while she was here. She almost wrote more posts then I did and likely is responsible for more traffic then I ever brought to the site. Thank you for that Rhii.
What’s next? Well you can bet your arse I’ll be playing Diablo 3 the very day it launches. I’ll likely keep up with the Starcraft 2 Expansions as they come out for the single player value. If WoW adds something crazy awesome that I can’t pass up I’ll resubscribe. That about does it for Blizzard gaming. When I do have time for other games I play Heroes of Newerth and enjoy it. My brother plays League of Legends so I’ll give that another try. I’ll likely follow the masses and play Dota2 when it’s public. I’ve preordered Star Wars the Old Republic which may keep my interest but I’m unsure that a MMO will be a good fit. I did reserve a new blog location if I decide to post about my adventures there. You can find it at Forcedtoplay.com
. If I decide to actually put effort into it I’ll come back here and highlight it. Until then I’ll still be lurking about. Feel free to follow me around the interwebs. Try and identify yourself where I may know you from if you add me to a friends list so I can do the same for you.
So Cataclysm has been out for little more then a week an its already wrecked my life. Yes I’m being over dramatic here but I’m not when I say its literally torn my guild apart. Story time…
Aurdon was born on 11/23/2004. My wee little ole mage came to be on launch day. On that day I rolled on the server I that my guild from SWG had planned on playing. Kel’thuzad. A PvP server in the mountain time zone which would later become part of Nightfall battlegroup. That guild didn’t last much past my mid 40’s and then I joined Resurrection. I have many friends in Rez and enjoyed playing with them immensely. In fact the only times Aurdon left Resurrection is when we disbanded or split over raiding brick walls. We’d merge into other guilds but then a new expansion would come out and reform up the old crew to stand on our own again. This happens to be the first expansion that we’ve weathered the transition. The only problem is that there could still be some rapids ahead.
As I had mentioned above, KT is a PvP server. One which Horde are easily outnumbered 3:1. You can see some data to back that up in the somewhat jumbled pages of warcraftrealms.com. Just as a new expansion will bring back old guild members, it also brings back 3x as many alliance. Questing is impossible for Horde on KT. If you were on for the new launch all you saw was a sea of red named players who were all marked as hostile. In the zones where you had Hyjal warden’s guarding, they’d be standing on lootable quest items begging you to hit them. They were the ones standing on pillars evade bugging guards while a hellfire of lightning bolts rained down upon your soon to be dead body. They were the ones who were exploiting totems and pets into fooling the AI that you “threw the first punch”. And you were able to enjoy all of this…provided you logged in at 5am or you sat in the 1500+ queue for 2 hours after you got home from work. This might sound like some of your servers this past week but this isn’t a mad rush due to Cataclysm. This happens every time there is a new content patch. Summoning stone? Forget it. Five alliance are sure to farming it rather then battlegrounds. These are those that are waiting to get into the Kickball game known as Winter Grasp on our server. Its a rousing game of 40 vs 14 where the games are quick and the balls are…well, horde balls. The guild had enough and Blizzard tossed us a life line. We took transfer.
I say we but not all of us made it. Aurdon is one of them. My main for nearly 6 years now left behind. Why? I’m not sure. I just felt that being here since 2004 I can’t leave. I don’t like the ganking and one sidedness of any horde vs alliance conflict but I’ve grown used to it. Its just how the game is for me. Its the battered wife syndrome. Aurdon feels attached to KT. So some how I’ll just split time between two servers.
The rest of my alts arn’t though. I’ve moved over now and after 2-3 days of playing…I totally forgot about going back to check on Aurdon. I mean I thought about him but I’m too busy trying to catch up to 85 with the rest of the guild now that I left my 85 (Aurdon) back on KT. I logged in to say fair thee well because honestly there is no way I can find the time to play on both servers evenly. This is when I was hit with the second thoughts.
Is it silly to simply abandon him because that has been his home for so long? I originaly felt that the new server might not work out and I’d have to pay to transfer back but so far, everything is great. I’ve been ganked 2-3 times but this time the fight was 1v1 and the only advantage they had was a mob and a few levels on me. Everyone in guild loves it here and I’m already missing my high level tailoring and enchanting.
Ugh…what should I do?
As with any time I want to bring up a news item here on my blog, I’m at least a week behind. But I always try and post something that has helped me in hopes someone out there finding this as new information. Your WoW install (just like most software) can be tweaked for the better with just changing two small letter. You can download cataclysm now and be prepared the moment the servers flip over.
Why is this helpful at all? You’ve been able to prepurchased a digital download for weeks now. This is helpful for those who want a hard copy but don’t want to waste any time with the upgrade/install discs after they’ve hung out for the midnight release party. I personally am going the digital method (will likely purchase today or tomorrow) because I’ve only opened my original boxes once or twice since purchase. Even now if I want to reinstall I got with a digital download from Battle.net and not my discs. They’ve made the install even easier since 4.0 because you can start to play after only about 600MB downloaded instead of waiting for a full 25GB! So because I don’t need the boxes and I will eventually buy digital, I chose to edit the file and download now. This method was actually “Blue approved” as well. You can read more about it here on the WoW forums.
If you want to start streaming the files, go to your World of WarcraftWTFconfig.wtf file and find this line:
Change the stuff inside the quote to CT, then save the file. Start the Launcher and it’ll start streaming the file.
I’ve seen other posts saying you need to change the launcher config file as well but honestly I didn’t need to do this. Remember before editing any config file of any sort, you should make a backup of your original.