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Episode 43: Hardcore Neat

First off, sincere apologies for the extremely extended and unannounced hiatus! The dames have all come into very busy schedules and are unable to do a weekly show these days, so we can't promise anything consistent...yet. Stay tuned for more updates, because we're not going dark! SERIOUS SPOILER WARNING FOR THIS EPISODE OF GAME DAMES FOR MASS EFFECT 3 This time on the show, Dana is joined by Gameluv's Shawn and Katy. They discuss all things Mass Effect 3, Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, League of Legends, Diablo III and more! Thanks for listening!
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Game Dames Episode 42: And we're back!

That was a LONG break. I feel like we've been gone forever! But fear not. The Dames are back (minus Molly) this week to discuss all things 2011, 2012 and beyond! Learn what their favorite games were, what (in their opinion) was the biggest disappointment of last year and what they are most looking forward to. Also Dana asks Charlotte questions about SWTOR and receives some answers. There's also a cliffhanger at the end of this episode! Dun, dun DUN! Thanks for listening and you can contact us via email at gamedamespodcast(at)gmail.com or on Twitter @gamedames.  Music in this episode is provided by Museum Creatures.  This episode is sponsored by Typefrag and Geek Chic Cosmetics.
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Ramblings about SWTOR


Since the Game Dames podcast is still on hiatus for another week, I'd thought I'd make a blog post giving my first impressions of this month's most talked about game: Star Wars The Old Republic. I've now had enough time to play around in the game and form actual opinions beyond 'OMG I LOVE IT' (Confession: I'm a bit of an MMO fiend. I try a lot of new MMOs, and if any of them go free to play, I'm all over it. It's safe to say that I've been waiting for this game for ages.)

As with any game, there are the good parts and the bad parts. I can't really give a full review since I am nowhere near endgame content, but there are still a few things that I have noticed.

You can go through this game treating it entirely as a single player game. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, if you play on a completely different schedule than any of your friends (like me, considering I am the only morning person I know), you can still progress fairly quickly. On the other hand, it kind of destroys some of the feelings of community. Of course there's obviously other people playing: General Chat is usually full of activity (particularly with arrow/lightsaber to the knee jokes.. oh is that just my server?) and you still see other people running about and grouping up for Heroic Quests… but it is still up to you to find that sense of community and people that you want to play with on a regular basis.

Which of course brings me to questing. I absolutely love the quests in this game. The fact that it's fully voiced helps the immersion factor a lot. I find myself actually caring about my character's class story line, something that I typically don't care for.

There are always bugs, of course. The main one that I've noticed effecting me negatively is major FPS lag. The workaround I've used is turning off shadows, but I have a fully up to date machine, and so do a lot of other people who have had this problem: it's kind of on the games end at this point.

Another thing that I have noted is that the UI is basically not at all customizable - kind of annoying if you're heals. However, there is one thing the SWTOR devs did right: putting your health bar and your target's health bar at the bottom of the screen instead of the upper left where it is very inconvenient. The UI is overall nicely done (though a bit big for my tastes) but I would still like a sense of customization.

Is it a WoW killer? No, absolutely not. It remains to be seen how successful the game will actually end up being, since these things depend on how well Bioware actually takes care of the game in the coming months. But if they fix the bugs that were in the game at launch while also creating immersive new content, they may remain to be a top competitor on the MMO market.

(Shameless guild promotion: if you want to play on the Wound in the Force server, Empire side, you should join my guild, There's No Crying in Huttball. We'll be focusing on endgame PVE and PVP.)
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December 11, 2011 Posted by Dana in News

Hiatus

The podcast will be on a holiday hiatus until January 8th, 2012 when we will resume recording. Thanks for your patience and understanding, and the dames wish you a very wonderful and safe holiday! Hope you all get lots of gaming done during your holiday break and may you all receive exactly what you wished for.
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Game Dames Episode 41: The Week of Fail

This week the dames discuss the week's multitude of failures, more Skyrim (of course!), Guild Wars 2, SWTOR, Torchlight 2, Mario's Tanooki suit scandal, League of Legends and much, much more!   Thanks for listening and you can contact us via email at gamedamespodcast(at)gmail.com or on Twitter @gamedames.  Music in this episode is provided by Museum Creatures.  This episode is sponsored by Typefrag and Geek Chic Cosmetics.
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Game Dames Episode 40: Return to Tamriel

In this episode, the dames discuss one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year: The Elder Scrolls - Skyrim.  They also discuss the Steam hacking incident, Mass Effect 3's accidental multiplayer beta, Everquest II going free to play (for real) and SWTOR's weekend beta. They even throw in a listener question and some Sims 3 talk for good measure towards the end. Thanks for listening and you can contact us via email at gamedamespodcast(at)gmail.com or on Twitter @gamedames.  Music in this episode is provided by Museum Creatures.  This episode is sponsored by Typefrag and Geek Chic Cosmetics.
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Game Dames episode 39: Meet the New Co-hosts

This time on the show, Dana is joined by her two brand new co-hosts: Molly and Charlotte. They discuss the drama at Blizzcon, Nintendo's financial troubles, Child's Play and LEGO Universe's sad end. Also in this episode: The Sims (of course), Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, Costume Quest and more. Thanks for listening and you can contact us via email at gamedamespodcast(at)gmail.com or on Twitter @gamedames.  Music in this episode is provided by Museum Creatures.  This episode is sponsored byTypefrag and Geek Chic Cosmetics.
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Child's Play aims to make 2011 best year ever

The holidays are coming! It's that time of year when we look forward to giving -- and receiving -- geeky gifts from friends and family.  This is also the time of year when Child's Play Charity kicks off its annual holiday fundraising campaign as well.  While the charity has always done well for children in need of some fun, this year it has set a lofty goal of two million dollars, and are hoping for your help.

The 2011 Child's Play Charity Auction will be held on Thursday, December 8th in Bellevue Washington, with tickets going for $145 per person or $5000 per table of 10.  If travel to Washington isn't in your budget right now, have no fear -- there are still a number of different ways that you can lend a hand!

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