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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Xanth tv?:

A Xanth movie and television series are in development.  Things are always in development without ever actually happening, though.  That's just part of the process in the entertainment biz.  So whether we'll actually get a Xanth movie, or Xanth tv, is an open question.  It's still not clear if we're ever going to actually get a Wheel of Time tv series.

One thing that is clear, we're getting a 25th entry in the James Bond series.  The last movie was awful, so I'm not very excited about this announcement, but it is James Bond so who knows, maybe this one will be good.

I finished listening to Wrath of the Lich King's soundtrack.  Sadly it lacked the folk music for the lancing mini-game that felt like a real life Renaissance Festival come to life.  I guess the soundtrack didn't include any patch content, which really sucks.  Even so, Wrath WoW is officially the best WoW so far.  2 hours and 24 minutes of high quality music, overtaking Classic by 20 minutes.  This makes a lot of sense, given that it was also the most fun WoW.  The MMO climaxed here and it's all been downhill since.

There were lots of quality of life changes in the future, which I'm all for, but things ceased being new and interesting after this.  In Wrath you could fly once you reached level 80, there weren't any hoops or hurdles, you could just get on your gryphon and fly.  In Wrath talent points could be distributed however you pleased, so your character was truly unique and your own customized product.  After this it's all cookie cutter builds.  The talent system was changed into something much worse, and people were locked into a single specialization from here on out.

The stakes never felt as high as they did during Wrath of the Lich King.  The close connection with the plot from Warcraft 3 made it feel so organic and crucial that we had journeyed to Northrend to take on Arthas and the Scourge.  The plot just clicked.  Mists of Pandaria felt like a joke, and Warlords of Draenor never made any sense.  Cataclysm just felt like a lame excuse to remake the Barrens zone.  Legion is cool but it had already been done via Burning Crusade, so, yawn.  But Wrath of the Lich King felt real.  Flying over the desolate necropolises of Icecrown felt real.  And the fantastic soundtrack did its part to bring this game to its pinnacle, to be sure.

Next up is Cataclysm.  Just three expansions left before the project is complete.

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