Blizzard has always been kind to me and I have enjoyed their releases for the better part of two decades (yes, two). Which is why the follow up to one of my all time favorite titles (at the time), Diablo 2, was something I wanted so badly. I enjoyed it before the expansion, before the loot updates, and even through the silliness (silliness as I saw it) of people's adoration for Torchlight 2 at the expense of Diablo 3.
The expansion changes a lot about the game, all of which I found exciting and in many cases obvious. Do you remember running rampant in Diablo 2, starting a new game with friends online only to kill Mephisto in Act 3, Diablo in Act 4, and then turn your attention to Act 5 to first battle up the hill only to skip the rest and kill Baal? Those were magical times, magical times revived by the expansion of Diablo 3.
Rather than jump around the Diablo 2 campaign, Blizzard created a whole new mode for vets of the series to do that, only with greater rewards and better structure. It's beautiful, and I love it. I can't recommend it enough, it's so satisfying to throw on a new piece of equipment every time I play.
Before we conclude, I want to throw up some eye candy. For those who aren't aware, Diablo 3 wasn't expected to make anyone gawk at it's beauty, but I certainly did just that towards the end of Act 5. Enjoy. (This screenshot is compliments of my personal computer, which happens to feature a 680MX, quad core i7 CPU, and a 1440p in plane switching LED screen -- though the image will be reduced in quality for this upload)
I saw a fascinating short documentary on Vimeo one week ago today. And during the course of last week I couldn't help but think of it every so often, which was often enough to take its advice and give. To give as in to add to the discussion, to authentically contribute as honestly as possible, to refuse an existence of passive consumption.
So that is why I've created this post. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees.
Test. Test test.
Test test test.
That is all.
The new site is outstanding, wonderful updates and some really, really wonderful new savvy features that make browsing the forums fundamentally different and objectively better. Allow me to give you two of the most important links the new GameSpot provides you with--
Favorite Boards: http://www.gamespot.com/forums/favorites/boards/
-- and more importantly --
Favorite Topics: http://www.gamespot.com/forums/favorites/topics/
Go to them, study them, use them, profit. Go forth and enjoy the goodness that is the new GameSpot. It only gets better from here, and we're starting pretty high up there already.
It's a brave new world, and it began three days early. It's it fun when shipments arrive sooner than you expect?
Finally committing to a new machine for the first time in many years. I really don't need this, but it'll be a whole heck of a lot of fun to have. Highlights include:
- 27" 2560x1440 LED IPS Display
- 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)
- GeForce GTX 680MX
- 16Gb RAM
- 1TB Fusion Drive (128SSD + 1TB HDD)
Sure the thing won't ship until January, but it'll be sweet when it does... Delicious, perhaps.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
Steve Jobs made tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Couldn't be happier. Costa Rica honeymoon photos to follow.