Why do I enjoy Guild Wars 2 more than WoW – MoP ?

For those of you who didn’t know, Guild Wars 2 is an MMORPG released by NC Soft and ArenaNet. I’ve been playing it for a while now and I can say that this game is in a league of its own. And dare I say, way better than World of Warcraft. And before you blow me to the nether realms into oblivion and beyond, let’s have a look at the facts, shall we?

Part 1 – The Graphics engine

My girlfriend likes me playing WoW because she enjoys the graphics. Then when she first caught me playing Guild Wars 2 she said – and I quote: 

“WoW has nice graphics, but this is simply beautiful!”

To round it up about the graphics engine and not bore you half to death, it’s fancy and powerful. And it manages to put out very realistic figures throughout the game, be it character models, dungeons, swamps, glorious background or underwater environments. Because yes, there’s more than crabs, sharks and murlocs lurking in the MMO waters. Just have a look at these here pictures below and you’ll see why they speak for themselves… 

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Dreamhack Bucharest 2012 – the venue

As a side note, I’ll be doing this in a multi-post fashion, so bare with me here. This first post will be about the venue, the atmosphere and the conditions met at the event itself. But let’s get on with it!

So, Dreamhack Bucharest 2012. It lasted for 2 wonderful days. People crowded up – actually way more than I expected – to watch other people play their favorite games. Those being Counter Strike 1.6, League of Legends and Starcraft 2.

The reason for me being there was obviously Starcraft 2, but I have to admit that I had some pre-pgl attempts with CS in my youth and I wasn’t exactly a stranger to LoL either. So I didn’t actually have any time to get bored while being there. Especially since there was no Starcraft 2 match on the main stage for the first day and personally I estimate there were at least 1000 attendees at the event. And yes, there were a lot more girls than I would have ever expected… 

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Thank you CoolerMaster Europe

As some of you might know, CoolerMaster is a company dealing in cooling solutions for both laptops and desktops. I had bought recently some products from them and I received an email earlier today in which they kindly requested me to write a brief review about the products I bought from them.

So I’m doing it here, mainly for 2 reasons.

  1. the items I bought from the online store have run out of stock or got discontinued from the point I bought the products up to the point of me receiving the product review via email
  2. because of point 1, since for some reason, the web pages for the products are no longer alive (at all) in the online store, so basically there wasn’t any place to link the product reviews directly any longer

Basically, the purchase I made was in 2 steps: first I bought the NotePal U1 laptop stand and then I bought separate U2 fans that came USB pre-cabled. The reason I did this is that the laptop I’m currently using is actually an ultrabook from ASUS and has a display size of 13.3″ and the closest complete stand+fans solution to my needs was the NotePal U2 which was designed to support laptops from 14″ to 16″. Therefore, this solution was not right for my needs.

Basically, I can say that the stand fits perfectly underneath the laptop. Even without the fans it gets a good job done. It doesn’t slip from the table and the laptop won;t fall off it even though – in my opinion – the stand gave me the wrong impression of flimsiness on first sight. But that changed after the first 5 minutes of trying to abuse the rubbery surface and being happily relieved that I failed miserably. 

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