Archive for the 'Games' Category

If You Found Space Invaders Too Intellectual…

Friday, July 20th, 2007
Poo Dodger

Tip: Hold on to the mouse button to concentrate on the Ultimate Power!

Friday is a time

Friday, August 25th, 2006

For some serious productivity!

Professional Chess

Monday, June 19th, 2006

It’s out of control.

Another day in World of Warcraft

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

What’s worse than having a guild member die IRL (in real life)?

Trying to hold a memorial service for her in Azeroth.

What’s worse than that?

Having a rival guild trash the service and massacre everyone.

What’s worse than that?

Having the rival guild release a video of the massacre on the Internet
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Does it get any better?

Yes! Having the rival guild’s site hacked and defaced. Har! Har!

Seriously, if you publish your whereabouts on the Internet, you should be prepared for predators. Whining about having "to sleep with the fishes" only shows weak leadership.

And people say we don’t learn anything from computer games.

Tired of Fantasy MMORPGs?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Here’s a brilliant alternative.

Key Quote: "
IKEA is a fully immersive, 3D environmental adventure that allows you
to role-play the character of someone who gives a shit about home
furnishings. In traversing IKEA, you will experience a meticulously
detailed alternate reality filled with garish colors, clear-lacquered
birch veneer, and a host of NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS (NPCs) with the
glazed looks of the recently anesthetized."

World of Warcraft: Broken Tooth Cat vs The Rake

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

As mentioned a while back, I got the Broken Tooth Cat in the Badlands. Being the owner of the two most prized cats (Bhag and King B, not withstanding), I was torn between keeping one as my main pet.

This is because leveling the pets can become an issue after a while. This is why I decided to level the two pets to lvl 40 to see what’s the difference.

Why I did this is because a lot of people are raving over the Broken
Tooth Cat, yet, as the owner of The Rake for 30 levels, I could not see
any marked difference, I mean, 0.2 secs faster is not really a lot for
an MMORPG.

Broken Tooth Cat The Rake

I trained both in the same manner (had to, because I had already trained The Rake in those skills and didn’t want to waste more money).

From the screen shots, other than attack speed, the stats are identical.

Some math (feel free to correct me if I am wrong):

Using DPS alone, in a hypothetical 60 sec fight:

The Rake: 31.2 x (60/1.2) = 1560 dmg
Broken Tooth Cat: 31.2 x (60/1) = 1872 dmg

Or a more realistic 20 sec fight:

The Rake: 31.2 x (20/1.2) = 520 dmg
Broken Tooth Cat: 31.2 x (20/1) = 624 dmg

It appears that the Broken Tooth Cat has a ~9% damage edge over The Rake.

And, using the damage variance in a 60 sec fight:

The Rake (low-end 33 per hit): 33 x (60/1.2) = 1650 dmg
Broken Tooth Cat (low-end 27 per hit): 27 x (60/1) = 1620 dmg

The Rake (Upper-end 42 per hit): 42 x (60/1.2) = 2100 dmg
Broken Tooth Cat (Upper-end 35 per hit): 35 x (60/1) = 2100 dmg

Again, using the damage variance in a 20 sec fight:

The Rake (low-end 33 per hit): 33 x (20/1.2) = 550 dmg
Broken Tooth Cat (low-end 27 per hit): 27 x (20/1) = 540 dmg

The Rake (Upper-end 42 per hit): 42 x (20/1.2) = 700 dmg

Broken Tooth Cat (Upper-end 35 per hit): 35 x (20/1) = 700 dmg

The Rake has a minutely larger damage variance (42-33 = 9) but slightly better low-end damage (negligible really) while the Broken Tooth Cat’s variance is (35-27 = 8) lower.

Conclusion:

  1. If you already have The Rake, the Broken Tooth is not really worth the effort of hunting down and taming. Besides, The Rake looks better.
  2. If you have some other pet but want a high DPS pet that can hold PvE aggro very well, both cats are very good, but you get The Rake at lvl 10 and is very easy (fast spawn in a very safe environment) compared to the Broken Tooth Cat (8-hour spawn cycle in a really hazardous environment).
  3. If you have both cats (I’m screwed really), basically go for the Broken Tooth Cat even though The Rake looks far better. Sigh…

Other Notes:

  1. For PvP, the common belief is that the Broken Tooth Cat can prevent a caster from casting spells. This is not true as no real caster would allow a cat to just paw him over (insta-cast freeze and blink or insta-cast fear etc). Besides, the caster will ultimately still be able to cast. 0.2 secs (in the case of The Rake) is not really a big difference.
  2. Do not use Claw if you are using the cats as tanks. While it looks cool, the cat’s focus will be quickly depleted and the cat won’t be able to hold aggro. Use Bite instead.
  3. Of course, when in a group as a damage-dealer, Claw rocks (in terms of looks). Bite does more damage over time.

World of Warcraft: Broken Tooth Cat

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Duran I am now the proud owner of the two best hunter pets in the World of Warcraft. The Rake (Durandal) is uber for PvE and the Broken Tooth Cat (Broketooth) is the best for PvP.

They have the fastest attack speed (1.2 for Durandal and 1.0 for Broketooth) which makes them the best pets for a hunter because they can hold aggro very well and Broketooth is basically a mage-killer.

Both pets look cool. Durandal gets a lot of whispers when I play my Alliance character. Apparently, cats as hunter pets are very rare with the Alliance and the Rake (Durandal) doubly so.

It’s a dangerous journey to Mulgore to get The Rake (which is considered a rare spawn, 1-hour), but Night Elves have a slight advantage travelling from Moonglade.

My dwarven hunter made the run from Ironforge at lvl 10. The Rake is just too good a pet to pass up at level 10.

BrokentoothAnyway, the Broken Tooth is even tougher. An 8-hour rare spawn in a very busy area of Badlands. Thank goodness for Eagle Eye.

I will be equipping both with Dash and Bite as I think they are by far the most useful skills a pet can have. I have Prowl (lvl 1), but it does not really make a difference.

The sight of a cat charging at a player (who will panic and stand there) is very very cool.

Of course, there is now the difficult task of deciding which pet to keep. I cannot possibly keep two as leveling them will be a problem.

Sigh… It’s a nice dilemma to have no?

BTW, the Hunter class is the fastest leveling class in WoW. Warlock is the cheapest. Damn Shamans are the most expensive. Very cool to play, but really expensive.

What I will be doing this week

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Marine Atyou_1"They have taken the bridge and the second hall.

We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long.

The ground shakes, drums… drums in the deep.

Logo_1GutyouWe cannot get out.

A shadow lurks in the dark.

We can not get out…

they are coming."

When people say Singaporeans are one-dimensional

Friday, September 9th, 2005

I beg to differ.

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Another Creeping Fascism Update

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

When they outlaw computer games, only outlaws will play computer games.

BTW, is it me or does Robert MacMillan look like Bob Saget?