#Fandom5 – Shows I Love To Binge Watch

BINGE WATCH

One of the few downsides of living in the land down under is that most online games generally have maintenance smack bang in the middle of our prime play time. For example, Battle.net went down for four hours of maintenance at 3am PDT… which is 6pm here. Thanks for ruining my Friday night plans, Blizz!

Anyhow, instead of weeping that I cannot play Hearthstone (Seriously, I even just got booted from the EU servers :( ) I generally use the free time to catch up on my favourite shows. Read on after the jump to see my top five binge-worthy, maintenance night gap filler shows.

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Tuesday Survey #05: Do You Watch Live Streams?

DO YOU WATCH LIVE STREAMS

Lately I have been really enjoying watching Hearthstone streams on Twitch while I potter around the house doing dull grown up things like washing the dishes or folding laundry.

Of course, I would much rather play Hearthstone if I could, but being able to throw on Hafu or Ryzen while I go about my day at least keeps me entertained and lets me pick up a few new tricks for when I do finally sit down for a few games.

However, I know watching a live stream is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially here in the blogsphere. I have written before about some of the misconceptions people have about live streaming but, to be fair, there are so many streams out there that are pretty terrible.

Do people just not like streams because they have only ever been exposed to the bad ones, or is it something else?

I MUST KNOW.

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5FF: Games I Love To Play (Right Now)

FIVE GAMES FEATURED

I usually struggle with the 5 Fandom Friday topics because a lot of the talking points are just not relevant to me at all, but this particular one is something I would be crazy to miss out on!

I haven’t really had much time to play video games lately, but I still do squeeze in the occasional session; mostly on the weekends when I can afford to stay up a bit later and have a zombie day with the kids.

Read on to learn what games I’m loving right now.

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Super Mamas: Jessica from Nerdy With Children

SUPER MAMAS

Some days it feels like it’s impossible to juggle working from home with small children, but there are incredibly inspiring mamas out there who do pull it off. I’m super excited to share with you an interview I did with one such super mama.

I have been emailing Jessica from Nerdy With Children for a while now, and I was absolutely stoked when she agreed to do an interview with me. Her rad clothing line aimed at geeky parents and kids alike is really starting to take off, and I am in awe of her. I mean, not only is she an entrepreneur, but she also has a bub around the same age as mine! Needless to say, I was definitely curious to see how she makes it all work.

Read on to learn more about Jessica from Nerdy With Children.
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How To Handle A Parasitic Battle.net ‘Friend’

How To Handle Parasitic Battlenet friends

During my four year stint as a guild master in World of Warcraft I attracted my fair share of ‘fun parasites’ — players whose constant need for attention, regardless of what you’re doing, can suck the fun right out of a game.

At the start of my tenure I could simply hide on another toon located on a different server, but then Battlenet came along and the ability to hide like that vanished.

Since Battlenet does not have an ‘Appear Offline’ feature, players like myself who are notoriously afraid of confrontation are left with two options. We either let these kinds of players kill the game for us, or we swig back a nice, big glass of wine, and get ready to handle the problem like the badass adults we are.

Read on to learn more about how I handle parasitic players in Battlenet.

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Tuesday Survey #04: Mini-games in MMO’s

TUESDAY SURVEY 04

Over the weekend I read a post by fellow Aussie blogger, J3w3l, where she shared some musings on mini-games in MMO’s.

She mentioned that, even though she doesn’t play mini-games often, she feels that they are important features in an MMO. Content like the Darkmoon Faire in World of Warcraft and the Gold Saucer in Final Fantasy XIV and their popularity amongst the player base seem to be a testament to that.

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