Minipets are now weightless joy

One of the few parts of WoW that gives me unbridled geeky joy is minipets, which I've proclaimed my love for in the past.

Thanks to mmo-champion for the following blessing from heaven:

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We’re pleased to announce a convenient upgrade to the way that mounts and vanity pets are handled in Wrath of the Lich King.

Players will be able to “learn” a mount or non-combat pet much like learning a spell, recipe, or new ability, and these creatures will then show up on a new Pet tab within the Character Info section of the interface. Players will be able to access and preview their learned mounts and vanity pets through this tab.

Once learned, the pet icon or mount icon will no longer appear in bag spaces or bank spaces. This inventory space will be made available once again for other adventuring needs. Pets can still be set to hotkeys by dragging them to the hotkey bar, much like any other spell or ability.

For me, this is like getting an additional mageweave bag on top of my current storage. For my wife? A free Gigantique.

It's funny, I've read a lot of the patch notes, and I'm intellectually excited about changes to my healing priest, tanking warrior, my wife's combat rogue and tanking druid… but this minipet nonsense is the first thing that I read that made me break out a "Woohoo!"

(I'm laughing at myself.)

Minipets are joy

I have to admit that my most coveted drop that I want from Magister's Terrace is the phoenix minipet. Minipets are probably the silliest thing in World of Warcraft. A non-combat pet. Window dressing.

For my wife, I think minipets are about 20% of why she plays the entire game. When I passed on the rumor of minipet bags, she was thrilled. She is that person who has 20 minipets, in her inventory. Chickens, robots, elephants, glowing balls of light, bugs, old chewing gum, and a ball of string. I have a mere dozen. Only four on my inventory at a time (less on my bagspace-starved warrior, he only gets three) Our love of minipets is strong, and it turns out that we are not alone.

The best minipets have a noise you hear when you click on it. Like with Willy, you get a groan. Mechanical chicken, you get a robotic clucking noise. And so on. It's something fun you can do if you're on a raid and the raid leader has to explain an encounter you know to the new person.

Come to think of it, the baby panda is partially what sold my wife on the game in the first place. You have these majestic, imposing characters, with huge shoulder armor and glowing effects and fearsome weapons and so on. And then you have a humble prairie chicken pecking the ground next to you. There's something about that pairing that's just perfect. Before we got her a computer of her own (and a game client of her own), my wife and I would play together, with her riding shotgun. We chatted up someone in Ironforge who had a baby panda. "That's so cool!" "Yeah, but he doesn't really do much." And at that moment, the baby panda took a nap, laying down with the green zzz over its head. We laughed for a solid ten minutes. That was the beginning.

Minipets factor into our guild's raid strategy as well. When we encounter difficulty on a new boss, the wipes can get tedious. Someone always suggests different minipets, and everyone in the raid says "Ah yes. Minipets." A different contingent of (useless) minipets will certainly make this attempt much easier. Like I said, we're casual/raiding, and we should probably be talking more about whatever's killing us, but how can you turn down a guaranteed smile and laugh before rushing in to die again?

You can't. It's just one of the silly parts of WoW that make it fun.

Hellgate London sucks

There was a time in the last six months when my wife and I needed a break from the World of Warcraft. I keep up on the gaming internets and came across news that a former project leader (Bill Roper) had left Blizzard and went to found his own company (Flagship Studios). This company's first game is Hellgate London (HGL), a top-tier online multiplayer game in the spirit of Diablo, by the producer of Diablo. It's post-apocalyptic, magic-using, gun-shooting, demon-fighting. It's leveling up and getting better gear. When I list it here, it STILL sounds like a no-lose prospect.

After trying the beta, we were skeptical due to the amount of bugs. We didn't have a lot of experience with beta versions, so we believed the company's constant reassurances that they were ironing those bugs out. We figured this must be how it's done. So my wife and I each got the Collector's Edition of HGL, because the CE came with a minipet and we're suckers for minipets. My best friend did, too. We're all gamers, we were looking forward to dive into a new game that we could all play together.

Unfortunately, HGL sucked.

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