World of Warcraft News: Death Knights and Achievements

Detailed info on the Death Knight class has gone live on the World of Warcraft site.

Interesting to me is that in the lore section (I’m a story nerd…so I actually skip the stats and go straight to the story), they actually mention the Death Knights from the newest WoW novels, which are orc spirits which have been given a comfy home inside raised human bodies. Odd thought, that I could create a gnome Death Knight (and I will, just to annoy people), and then role play the character as an angst-ridden orc spirit who was trapped in this tiny, puny body. GRRRRR!

And yes, they’re adding achievements to the game. Really, it’s just to give you a pretty screen to stare at and go, “Yep, I really DID kill Hogger!” Or, “I really did visit all those areas on the map.” Um, woo hoo.

Still, ther are supposed to be some fun achievements that will get you some kind of minor rewards like pets and such, so, yeah, I will probably be doing them.

If I sound a little sarcastic about them, it’s because I still remember in Star Wars Galaxies, visiting all the Points on Interest I could find, in the hopes of being able to unlock a Jedi character. That whole system was soooo stupid! That said, I think I was soooo close to unlocking a Jedi.

No, really… ;P

More On Steven Page’s Arrest

EDIT 7/17 10:20 ET – Looks like the photo stream mentioned below has been secured.

I was reading some of the fan boards today and it’s amazing just how Google and Flikr have really made everyone’s life more public.

Yeah, not feeling positive about the “exonerated on all charges” statement now. I hope Steven can straighten out his life. It’s sad to see him mixed up in all this. Hopefully the band can get through this. They seem like a pretty tight group, although, as I was saying, on the last cruise they seemed to have a kind of distance between them that I hadn’t seen before. I distinctly remember Steven kind of seeming just a tiny bit at odds with other band members. There was something mentioned about how he and Kevin had a fist-fight because Kevin wouldn’t introduce him to Lou Reed. Originally, I thought it was a joke, but they were so serious about it, I wasn’t sure.

Steven Page on Ships and Dip 3
Steven Page on Ships and Dip 3

With any luck, Steven will find a way to get through all this. Seems like a bit of a rock star mid-life crisis. I suppose I shouldn’t feel disappointed, knowing the music industry is what it is, but I can’t say it doesn’t bug me. But I want to see Steve rise above what I would call stupidity and move on, as so many other artists have done.  Good luck, Steve. Good luck, BNL…

Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies Arrested on Drug Charges

Truly disappointing if it turns out to be the average rock star on drugs story, but Steven Page of my favorite band, Barenaked Ladies was arrested on charges of drug possession. The story is a little weird, and the official word from the band is that they expect Steven to be completely exonerated. I hope that happens.

Natasha and I were actually talking not too long ago about Ships and Dip III, the Barenaked Ladies cruise that we went on earlier this year, and we were thinking that Steven, of all the band members, seemed a little grumpy. He showed up with a full beard, too, which I don’t think too many people liked. In fact, I remember some people threw razors on the stage (from the in-cabin store of toiletries) and he shouted something kind of grumpy about not coming to their work and throwing guns on the stage, I think. Was kind of a joke, but it just sounded grumpy for him.

It might have just been our impression, because ultimately, the band seemed to have fun. Neither of us knew that Steven had broken up with his wife either. We saw him around the ship quite a lot with a cute girl who was covered in tatoos, and assumed that was his wife. They seemed really happy together. We even watched them take pictures with some other guests and they totally seemed to be having fun with it.

Anyway, my best wishes go out to him and the band. I can only hope he really wasn’t involved in the whole drug thing.

Barenaked Ladies at the last show of Ships and Dip 3
Barenaked Ladies at the last show of Ships and Dip 3

Wii Music – Yet Again Something New From Nintendo

So, via Rock Band I’ve gotten a much better understanding of how to play the drums, but I always sort of want a practice mode where I could just use my drum set as a midi drum set, and get the feel for playing drums without following along with the game.

Nintendo’s new Wii Music sounds like it will be that kind of game. Use the Wii-Mote and Balance Board to improvise and play your own music. Very interesting concept.

I’ve actually been wondering about this title since I saw reports of it at an E3 before the Wii was released. It sounds unique enough that I’m glad they took their time getting around to releasing it.

XBox 360 and Netflix

Well, I’ve been awaiting this announcement for a while, about Netflix on-demand movies being available via the XBox 360. Thing is, you have to be an XBox Live Gold subscriber to do it.

What a rip-off! I have to pay Microsoft money to watch movies from Netflix on their console? You would think they’d want to sell consoles by offering this, instead of trying to squeeze more money out of console owners. They already nickel and dime people for almost everything you can download from Live, including silly things like skins (which change the way your basic interface looks) and gamer pics (which you can use as your avatar on XBox Live). This is just another stupid grab for money.

If I actually played games on XBox Live, it might be different, but the only game I really play regularly on the XBox is “Rock Band”. Looks like I’ll have to start thinking about setting up that living room beige box PC again.