For the past month or so, I’ve been playing World of Warcraft. I know what many of you are thinking, “Michael, how could you get yourself sucked up into that addictive game?” Well, I haven’t. Thanks to an empty TiVo, I enjoy spending a few hours on the weekend playing it as well as an hour or two in the evenings after work to unwind. You can find my three characters at the WoW Armory. They are Strylr who is a Night Elf warrior, Starthan (no surprise there) who is a Human mage, and Matityahu an orc warlock and who is my horde character. Strylr and Starthan are on the Burning Blade realm (server) while Matityahu is on Gorefiend. I am a member of the Supertramp guild and are working on a web site. If you happen to see me or any of the guild members when on your adventure, be sure to wave! I also have an 8 slot Ventrilo server running for guild members. We may eventually go with a hosted solution since it’s relatively inexpensive.
The best part of the game is that it’s cross platform. The game play for the most part is no different when playing it on my Vista machine as it is on my Macs. There are a couple of things that make it different on the PC, but that’s specific to the computer I am playing it on, my Dell XPS 710. The first is the Logitech G15 gaming keyboard. It displays all of my characters attributes on its LCD screen. The second difference is the support for 3D surround sound. As my character moves around, the sound moves with it. So for example, if there is a fire burning in front of me, the sound is coming from my front speakers. if I turn 180 degrees the same sound is coming from my wireless rear speaker.