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Last Year, Next Year

Another year is over, and Cannot be Tamed has just turned 5 years old. While it wasn’t the most positive year for the gaming community as a whole, I think it was a pretty decent year for games. It also marked the year that I quit World of Warcraft and started writing about a much wider variety of topics in gaming. How has that worked out? It’s a bit of a mixed bag. I’m enjoying writing more, and I get to play so many more games now. On the other hand, this has been the worst year for Cannot be Tamed in terms of traffic, other than my first. In part this is due to how sparsely I was posting for the first half of the year, but I also think I had carved out a pretty successful niche for myself in WoW that I just haven’t managed to do outside of it. It’s a bit depressing to see that 2 year old gear guides are still being seen more often than new posts that I pour a lot more of my heart and soul into. It’s not all about views, but I like when people read my stuff, and like it even better when I get feedback.

I published 57 posts this year. The most popular was my Tips for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Exciting that it’s not a WoW post, but the next dozen popular posts are all WoW guides.

And what about my favourite posts? Here are a few.

Monkey on My Back – I wrote this about WoW and, though I never actually use the word, addiction. These are all the things that kept me playing for so long. Articulating these thoughts and reading them out loud was pretty much the moment I decided I needed to stop.

A History of Control(lers) – Alright, I’m a geek, and this post probably won’t appeal to many people who don’t feel as passionately about console controllers as I do. I thought this was a fun look back at all the consoles and controllers I’ve shared my life with.

This is the Way the World Ends – A troubling look at how one of my favorite genres, dystopic and end of the world fiction, treats women.

Doing it Right: Remember Me – It’s easy to criticize games for the shitty way they treat women (because, let’s be honest, the ways in which games do this are endless), but I also think it’s important to compliment the ones that are making improvements and doing things right. I meant for this to be a regular feature, and though I only ended up doing this twice last year, hopefully I’ll be inspired to do it more in 2015.

Quality vs. Enjoyment – A look at some of the games that manage to both drive me completely crazy and make me fall in love with them.

Feelings – Probably one of my favourite posts I’ve even written, this is a look at the games that have made me feel the most.

Incidentally, my favourite posts are the ones that got the least attention, but I guess that’s just how things go.

I’m also pretty proud of my Gamer Questionnaire and was really excited at how many responses it got. It inspired more than 50 blog posts and even a few podcast episodes. If you haven’t done it yet, and are looking for a post idea, check it out. I was also happy to be a guest on Justice Points twice this year, once to talk about Tomb Raider, and once to just chat about games. Discussing games on Twitter or in comments is great, but it’s always really nice to actually get to talk about them with smart, awesome people. I was also briefly on RT news, who interviewed me about the GTAV ban in Australian stores, which was both cool and bizarre. It’s so strange to hear a 6 minute interview get put into a 12 second soundbite.

What about next year? I have a few goals.

  • I’d like to experiment with videos and streaming more. I’m not sure those things are really my jam – I don’t think I’m exuberant or talkative enough to make people want to watch me play games – but I’d like to give it a shot.
  • I’d like to write more. I think every blogger says this every year.
  • I’d like to interact more with other gaming people. I love getting comments and feedback, so I feel the need to put more of those things out there myself.
  • I’d like to make a game. After discovering  I realized that this is something I can do, despite my lack of artistic ability. It won’t be big, or complex, but I want to make something.

Anyways, Happy New Year, thanks for reading. Here’s to a great 2015.

Gaming Questionnaire

Once upon a time, way back in 2009, I started this blog. The thing that pushed me into creating a WoW blog and became my second post ever was Miss Medicina’s Healer Questionnaire.

Since I’m done with WoW, and trying to reinvent Cannot be Tamed as a source for information and entertainment about all video games, I thought I’d start my own questionnaire about gaming. Hopefully you’ll be interested in filling out the questionnaire as well, and we’ll all get to discover new bloggers, gamers, and learn more about our current gaming friends.

Post this questionnaire with your answers on your blog or in the comments if you don’t have one. Be sure to let me know when you’ve answered, I’ll be posting links to responses below.

  1. When did you start playing video games?
  2. What is the first game you remember playing?
  3. PC or Console? 
  4. XBox, PlayStation, or Wii? 
  5. What’s the best game you’ve ever played? 
  6. What’s the worst game you’ve ever played? 
  7. Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
  8. Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
  9. What are your favourite game genres?
  10. Who is your favourite game protagonist?
  11. Describe your perfect video game.
  12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?
  13. What game has the best music? 
  14. Most memorable moment in a game:
  15. Scariest moment in a game:
  16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
  17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
  18. What’s the last game you finished? 
  19. What future releases are you most excited about? 
  20. Do you identify as a gamer?
  21. Why do you play video games? 

Also, if you wouldn’t mind answering these polls – I like to know who’s reading!



Here are the links to the responses (more found in the comments)

Thank You

Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event 2011Though my Thanksgiving was back in October, I still wanted to take a minute to take part in the Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event and thank a few people from the blogging community.


First, there are the Druids that I always admired who were part of the reason I decided to start a blog. Keeva, who always wrote such wonderfully informative posts about resto druids and clearly loved her class (you have to love druids to level 12 of them). Beru, who is not only an amazing resto druid, but is also one of the most open and honest bloggers I know, who has always been around to talk about healing or commiserate when something WoW-related is bothering me.

Next, thanks to everyone who has ever commented on my blog. I love comments. Ophelie was the first person that commented here (who I didn’t know in real life and hound relentlessly to comment on my damn blog already). That’s the first time I realised “Hey! Someone’s actually reading this!”

Speaking of Ophelie, thanks to all the people who have invited me to be on their podcasts. My first WoW podcast was Gkick. You might not know I was on that, because I thought I was awful. I was so painfully shy, I thought I was the worst guest ever. So thank you Gkick (and especially Hya) for inviting me on the show and continuing to say nice things about me afterwards. Then there was Fimlys and Hydra from the Twisted Nether Blogcast. On this podcast I got over my shyness and had a lot of fun. I even met Fimlys and Hydra in person at BlizzCon and they were just as great there. Then there was Kurn and Majik who invited me to be on Blessing of Frost. To be honest, I think they just invited me because they had run out of Apotheosis members to interview. And because I harassed Kurn (who I will say more about soon). Last but certainly not least, thanks to Ophelie and Oestrus from The Double O Podcast. I had always really wanted to be part of a healing roundtable and they actually invited me to theirs! I had a blast.

Thanks to Kurn, not only for being a great GM and healing lead. If it weren’t for Kurn’s blog and Twitter account I never would have known when Apotheosis was in need of a new resto druid and I never would have met all the friends I’ve made there.

Lastly, thanks to all the people I talk to regularly on Twitter. It’s a lot of fun to be able to discuss game changes as soon as they are revealed, and talk about everything from healing to cats to cheesecake with a bunch of smart, thoughtful people. Twitter conversations have provided me with many a distraction and gotten me through a lot of long days.

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Just when I was stuck for a post idea…

sorry caps came up with a survey!

1. Raider, farmer, PvPer, or altoholic?
Raider with a dash of achievement whore.

2. Favorite raid or dungeon?
Black Temple was my favorite raid of all time. I love all the bosses (even Teron when I wasn’t a ghost). It was dark and atmospheric and the fights were tuned just right.

3. Number one choice for a new playable race?
Vrykul would be neat. I’m satisfied with my elves and draenei though.

4. Class you suck the most at?
Rogues. I tried to level one and got to the mid-20s. I have never died so much as I did on that rogue. I’m not a big fan of melee in general.

5. Original UI or modded UI?
Modded. I can’t stand the original UI. Give me dominos, xperl and grid or give me death!

6. Profession you’ve never leveled past 200?
Tailoring and engineering.

7. Favorite flying mount?
I like my Iron Bound Proto Drake. I actually enjoy all the proto drakes, they look pretty bad-ass.

8. Nozdormu — friend or foe, you figure?
He hasn’t tried to eat my succulent elf-flesh yet, so I’ll go with friend.

9. Useless item you have in your bank that you’ll never get rid of?
Will of Arlokk – the first set of purple pixels that instilled a sense of loot lust. I’ll also never get rid of my druid’s Primitive Mantle.

10. Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
Artisan Riding on three toons. Other than that, I’m pretty much a cheapskate.

11. Favorite starting area?
I’m not a big fan of any of them. The Draenei area was good and much more cohesive than the original starting zones, but I’m too sick of it to say it’s my favorite. I’ll go with the Tauren starting area. It’s nice and green and I’ve only seen it once.

12. Inane goal you worked hardest to achieve?
Loremaster is the achievement I spent the most time on, but I wouldn’t really call it inane. The most inane, pointless, utterly frustrating achievement I’ve worked on is Noble Gardener. Sitting and camping egg spawns for hours on end – worst holiday ever.

13. Darion Mograine VS Tirion Fordring, gloves off — winner is?
Silvanas would take them both.

14. Game music or your own playlist?
Game music for the most part. I’ll occasionally put on a playlist when I’m raiding though. Easier to tune out raid leaders that way 😛

15. Particular option or setting that you always toggle on a new alt/server?
I can’t think of any settings, but I turn on my bar mods and Grid when I start a new character.

16. Highest amount of levels gained in one play session?
I really don’t remember. 5?

17. Thing you’d most like to experience or see in-game?
As far as existing content, I’ve seen most everything I’m interesting in seeing. I’d like to see more new raids and dungeons.

18. Worst PuG moment?
I get angry with a lot of PuGs, but I get over it and forget about them quickly. My current worst PuG moment is just one of the most recent. My new level 80 mage was doing Halls of Reflection. One of the dps rolled need on a lock box that dropped and the tank took offense to it. They then proceeded to insult each other before the tank finally exclaimed “suck balls wipe” and left the group mid-fight. Classy.

19. Best dungeon/raid moment?
Most of my favorite moments came in the Tier 6 raids. My first Archimonde kill felt amazing after so many wipes. I love that fight. As far as scripted raid moments go, the whole Illidan fight is great.

20. Worst quest ever that you totally hate doing?
Anything with poo. The one in Howling Fjord where you need to scare the crap out of bats is the worst.

21. First thing you do when you hit 80?
Train and respec into a proper raid spec, even if I don’t plan on raiding anytime soon.

22. Character (of yours) you would RP as if you had to?
Erm…druid Jasyla I guess? Any attempts at RPing from me would probably offend any real RPers. It’s just not my thing. I’d probably just shift into tree form and refuse to speak or move, maybe go afk and get a snack. On second thought, I’d be awesome at RPing a tree.

23. Keyboard, mouse, or both for using abilities?
Druid uses Clique so I click 98% of the time. Hunter uses both. I click on high movement fights and I use the keyboard if I’m stationary.

24. Thottbot or WoWhead?

25. Acronym you’ve seen in chat but don’t understand?
I can’t think of any. I keep trade and general chat turned off in order to preserve the small amount of sanity I have left.

26. Plot point you’d like to see resolved someday?
I don’t play WoW for the plot.

27. Biggest thing you’re looking forward to in Cataclysm?
Druid specific – no more tree form! In general – new quests and areas to explore.

28. Guild event you’d like to see?
My Horde guild is having a meet up at the end of the summer, I’m looking forward to that. I can smack all the people who stand in fires!

29. Level range you hate being in?
70-80. I’m so bored of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra. I never want to see Utgarde Keep again.

30. Favorite map to quest in?
Stranglethorn Vale. This zone has gone from my most hated zone, when I was on my original PVP server, to my favorite. It’s so lush and green. I also love that you can spend a good 10 or 15 levels there.

Shared Topic: Favorites

This week’s shared topic at Blog Azeroth came from Ardol at World of Warcraft Philosophized who suggested people write about their favorite things. I really like this topic, but had some trouble deciding on a single category. I started a list of favorite movies, then books, then TV shows. Then I said to hell with it and decided to write about them all, so here are some of my mass media favorites.

Favorite Book

The Magus by John Fowles
The Magus
This book is one big psychological game, and I love it. It deals with the themes of destiny vs. free will, reality vs. fiction and takes cues from mythology, philosophy and even Shakespeare. While the story itself can be a little convoluted, it’s written beautifully and is intriguing the whole way though. Every piece can be taken at face value (though I wouldn’t recommend it) or dissected endlessly to find hidden meanings. It’s one of those books that will mean different things to different people and I find that I pick up something new every time I read it.

Other favorites:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
The Continent of Lies by James Morrow

Favorite Movie

Some Like it Hot

Some Like It Hot (Collector's Edition)Marilyn Monroe, mobsters and men in drag, what more could I ask for? If you haven’t seen this, I recommend you do so immediately. It was named the best American comedy film of all time by AFI for very good reasons. It also features the absolute best ending line I’ve ever heard.

Other favorites:
Full Metal Jacket
Gone with the Wind
Moulin Rouge

Starship Troopers

Favorite Show

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series)Though its run was short, Twin Peaks was an excellent show with some of the most memorable characters and imagery I’ve seen in television. Every time I see a piece of cherry pie or drink a damn good cup of coffee, I think of Agent Cooper. Each episode veered wildly between melodrama, comedy and supernatural horror. One minute you were in a quaint diner in a sleepy little mountain town, the next you were in a surreal red room with a gyrating, backwards-speaking dwarf and a doppelganger or two. The series finale was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen – but creepy in a fantastic way.

Disclaimer: When thinking about how great Twin Peaks is I mentally repress a few episodes from the middle of the second season.

Other favorites:
Arrested Development
The Sopranos
The West Wing
The X-Files

Favorite Game

Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good & EvilOkay, I lie. Planescape: Torment is my real favorite game, but I already wrote about that in another post. Right now I’m replaying Beyond Good and Evil and it is just as good as the first time I played it. The game play is solid, the story is strong and it actually has a relatable female lead. BG&E is one of the few games I’ve played that uses a photography mechanic successfully. In games like Dead Rising or Bioshock I think taking pictures is a little clunky and find that it takes away from the atmosphere. In BG&E it’s worked into the story and is enjoyable. Here’s hoping the sequel that’s been “in the works” for years is actually released.

Other favorites:
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Mass Effect 2
Shadow Hearts: Covenant

I also enjoy raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

Shared Topic: Eavesdropping WoW Conversations in Real Life

My first response to a Shared Topic at Blog Azeroth, yay! It’s a week late, boo! Last week, Oath at Dressed to Cuddle wanted to hear stories about overhearing WoW conversation in real life. This is the first shared topic I’ve seen that really jumped out at me, because I’ve had an excellent experience of this sort.

My story actually starts with a conversation my fiance overheard. He was at a work gathering at a local pub, when he heard a group of people at the next table mention Karazhan. My fiance, being rather outgoing (and fueled by a fair amount of booze), went over to talk to them. Turns out, they were all part of a guild and were having their monthly officer meeting. My fiance joined their conversation for a while and mentioned that I played WoW as well. They told him to invite me over to the pub to join them. I, being the opposite of outgoing, and not being fueled by any alcohol, said no. But eventually, as I sat at home (playing WoW) my desire to geek-out with some fellow players overcame my shyness and I drove over. I ended up meeting a great group of people. The idea of a group of local friends running a guild together and being able to physically meet every month to talk about the game amazed me. I ended up talking with them for a few hours, trading stories and boss strategies. About a month later, my fiance and I rolled new toons on their server. We’ve been part of the guild for a little over two years now.

I’ve got one more eavesdropping story, except this time, I was one of the people being overheard. I was at one of the monthly officer pub nights. We had an officer who was quite excitable and had a tendency to get very loud when when people didn’t agree with his point of view. After one particularly loud, curse-laden outburst, and older woman from a nearby table came over to us. Everyone immediately started apologizing for our volume and language, but she shrugged it off. She only had one question to ask:

“What the fuck is ZA?”