Its been...three or four months since I last had a game night? I might be exaggerating a bit, but if I am it's not by much. And my dissatisfaction at having no game night is carrying over into the other games I do play. World of Tanks has lost a lot of its luster. League of Legends is no substitute for Warcraft 3: Defense of the Ancients. Even with Star Trek Online going "free to play" hasn't done anything to alleviate my gaming melancholy.
Speaking of Star Trek Online, Cryptic has screwed up in a major way with how they are rolling out the "free to play" for STO. Apparently you can download the game without a problem, but the game is still asking you to subscribe in order to play. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of going "f2p"?
As far as World of Tanks goes, Wargames.net recently (perhaps a few months ago) had a large patch wherein the developers added a few extra tiers to the light tank track. These tanks now max out at tier five...and somehow they end up in games against tier ten tanks. This is not a problem if you are in any tank other than artillery. There are several issues with the game that all come together at this juncture that have considerably diminished the playability of the game in my opinion. These new light tanks are the catalyst. The other parts of the equation come from the driving/turning speed. the reload rate, and the aiming time that higher tier artillery suffer. Against similarly ranked tanks, these SPGs are balanced quite well. Against these new light tanks, SPGs stand no chance. Not only that, but rumors indicate that with the next big patch the developers will change the matchmaker to only allow two SPGs per side per match. I, for one, love playing in SPGs and these rumored changes along with the new light tanks are seriously reducing my desire to continue playing the game.
On a side note, the folks at Blizzard are prepping to launch their next expansion in time for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season of 2012 with Pandera. Finally we'll get to see the homeland of Chen Stormstout. I do like that if you play as a Panderan, you'll be able to play for either faction. I still don't know if it's enough to make me want to reactivate my account when it launches. I'm still itching to get my hands on Diablo 3 and The Secret World.