This just in (Or not) – Blizzfucius says; to play for free you must pay for a year.


Star Wars: The Old Republic will be out in two months, Guild Wars 2 is shaping up rather nicely, Dust 514 will open up the twitch shooter crowd in EVE Online, and almost every other major MMO has gone or going free to play – so that means Blizzard’s days are numbered, right?




The king champ is ready to take on all comers; the proof is in the pudding – or in this case news.


So yeah, how do you top an end of the world scenario with all the classic maps being changed forever, new PVP modes, new races, more class access (human hunter – yes pls), reworked story missions, and a giant demon dragon cruising around the world and destroying it? By doing a complete 180. In the next expansion of the MMO juggernaut World of WarCraft, they introduced the mystical utopian lands of Pandaria. Where somehow both the inhabitants and the lost continent avoided all the events that has happened to Azeroth – til now. Players will not only have a new land to explore but a new race to play as: the Pandaren & a new class: the Monk. This reveal has caused mixed feeling in blizz fans but for me I’ll say this: if my future time didn’t already belong to swtor then I would totally try this when it comes out. Maybe I’ll still will.


Still on Blizzard news, remember Diablo III? No, it’s not out yet, but how bout this, you can get that game free of charge… Sort of. If you want the game free you have to sign up for the World of WarCraft annual pass, meaning you for full access of WoW for a year through monthly payments. You also get a special flying mount and beta access to the next WoW expansion; so for WoW fans this might be the best deal around but again thanks to swtor I won’t make much of this – at least for now.




Game Trading Tips – Maximum gaming with minimal money


Let’s face it people: gaming is expensive. It always has been expensive since the 90’s and even more expensive in the 80’s. Long gone are the days you can plunk in a quarter and have some bit based fun from five to twenty five minutes at a time. These days the fun is longer and yours but you have to shell out at least $200 to start and keep paying $65.00 to keep the fun going, with no guarantee the game’s any good. What’s a gamer to do? I’ll tell you – trade-in. Games even as old as PlayStation can even be trade in for actual money; but how do you go about it, there are plenty of gaming stores with their own policies, which ones are the best for me? Thankfully that is why we’re here; in this segment we will look at examples of two types of gaming stores out there (that the Armada staff has shopped in regularly) and how they handle trades-ins. Together we will find the best way to get the latest games for you and get Christmas presents for everyone else with the money you saved.




1. Chain Stores (i.e. GameStop, BestBuy)

Chain stories are stores that either specialize in one subject, and for our purposes today that’s video games, or deal with many different products along that vine. As an example only two stores comes to mind – GameStop and Best Buy; they have over thousand stores across the world, they both own and control video game magazines, Game Informer and @Gamer, and of course offers some of the best trade-in deals available. Here’s their stats:


+ Knowledgeable Staff (GameStop)

+ Convenient locations

+ Pre order bonuses

+ Midnight pick-ups (some games, not all)

+ Trade-in range from Current to PS2

+ Trade-in pricing from $30.00 (for current ‘just releases’) and below (all other games) per game

+ Trade-in Memberships. Basic membership offer points for every bought or sold game, the premiums memberships offers more at the cost of a yearly fee ($15) (GameStop/Best Buy)

+ Used (yet current) games can be brought at cheaper prices

+ Now buying old iPods, iTouches and iPhones (GameStop).

+ The option of getting trade-in as cash (GameStop)

+ Can use trade in funds to buy other non-video game related things (Best Buy)


– Some staff is not as knowledgeable or helpful as others (Best Buy)

– Will not take Xbox or below games

– Each store may have a different price value for traded in games (GameStop)

– No trade-in as cash (Best Buy)







2. Local Stores (i.e. The Exchange)



While many say that local stores are on the decline, they won’t go quietly into the night. This is true for local stores that buy, sell, and trade in video games. Where the chain stores may say ‘no’ in, the local one tends to work things out. For the example I chose ‘The Exchange’; a business that may have stores in three states but they’re a far cry from Wal-Mart. They deal with music, movies, figurines, video games, and even board games. Here’s what they bring to the table:


+ Friendly staff

+ A surprising selection of new and old games at reduced prices

+ Trade-in range only limited to PC games

+ Trade-in pricing can be up 75% ($48.75) of original price (the newer the game the better)

+ Can use trade in funds to buy other non-video game related things

+ The option of getting trade-in as cash


–  No special for trade-in deals

– Trade in prices vary from store to store

– Stock vary from store to store



So those are pretty much your choices on the old school route, but nowhere near your only one. E-Bay, Amazon, and other internet sellers provide a greater opportunity for blingitude (but it’s never guaranteed), also different chain & local stores may have much better offers than the examples stores I’ve listed today. The best (and final) piece of advice I can give on this subject is to do a little research; go to your favorite gaming hole and see what they offer in trade-ins. If they’re good then go for it; if not then you have this guild to fall back on. Where there’s a game, there’s a way.


Gameroween – Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Day 6)


Ok today’s pick is going to take you back, remember that Saturday Night Live skit ‘It’s Pat’! Where there was character called (you guessed it) Pat, and everyone around tried (with no luck) to determine with he/she was. I never knew how that whole thing turned out, but before you get started no, it’s not Pat I’m suggestion – It’s Plok! Now for who never played Plok’s psychedelic game the main character’s a little more unique than your standard FPS man of action. He’s red and yellow and, oh, has disembodied detachable arms and legs. That’s right, not only is his arms and legs disembodied (yet still at their positions on his body) but at a moment’s notice they can be launched at enemies for a sucker punch or swift kick. That’s only the tip of this screwball sunday, trust me play the game someday you won’t regret it. Anyway this costume is similar to the Kirby one suggested few days ago, but you don’t have to worry about roundness this time around (heh, I made a funny). For the limb launching effect just carry around some red gloves and your good. People will never guess what you are, and if they do, shake their hand (disembodied or otherwise), because they are a real gamer.




Even Plok gears up for Halloween, he's going as the Pyro from Team Fortess 2. Huh... What..? That's not his costume? That's just one of his super powerful transformations? My bad.