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Current games to hold the attention

Posted in Misc., PC Gaming with tags , on 05.31.2013 by Pothos

In a world where a person cannot afford $60 per game, you need to look to forms of entertainment that are at a lower price point.  This is no indication of quality mind you, as there are gems of content for so little money, it’s criminal.

Case in Point:
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim     $60 (at time of purchase)    140 hours played.
Terraria:                          $5 (at time of purchase)      202 Hours played.

One of these things is more price efficient than the other.

That is not to say Terraria is a better game than Skyrim.  They are two very different pieces of entertainment, and are amazing in their own regard.  I will freely admit that part of Terraria’s length was due to multiplayer.  The free content additions certainly didn’t hurt either.

So there we have the first point:  Price does not indicate length of enjoyment.
As well as the second point: Price does not indicate quality.

This applies to F2P titles as well, which will largely populate the list of what games I currently play.  ONWARD, to the list of fun times as of 05/31/2013.

Shooters and games that require shooting:
Planetside 2:  A great game as long as you’re playing during populated hours, and your server isnt empty.  Not as much of an issue now that merges happened.  There have been some great additions lately, such as the harraser.  Weapon availability will depend on time dedication or money.  Although with the latest patch, some of the older weapons have gone down in price.  I hope this will be a pattern over time.   ‘Most’ weapons are sidegrades, and the items that are only purchasable with Money are cosmetic.  I would not consider this to be a P2W title.

Firefall:  Firefall has been getting more missions added to it over time, so it’s not just a resource grind these days.  That being said, thumping is awesome.  A new resource system has gone in, as well as an equipment durability and breakage system for non-stock gear.  Your Tier I and beyond items will no longer last forever.  Along with the durability change, the crafting (and XP) requirements for tiered items changed as well.  It is now much easier to craft lower tier items (only requiring a type of resource, not a specific one), with requirements getting more and more specific as you climb the tiers.

Defiance:  I have unfortunately fallen behind in the TV show.  The game is moving on, missions based on TV events keep getting put in.  They are a nice little tie-in for people who watch the show.  The first DLC was announced a little bit ago, looked to have some decent features for a small-ish ($10 i believe) price point.  I find Defiance to be a fun game, although I haven’t been too thrilled with the PvP side of it.  To each their own.   Side Note: I am aware that Defiance is not a cheap game (as of last i saw), but I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy.  E>

Warframe:  More content lately.  Some great tileset additions have gone in.  I have yet to take part in Void missions, partly due to the lack of gear/gear levels.  My main annoyance with warframe has to do with general progression through the system.   It always feels like everyone is either max level and only farming bosses/defense missions, or they are new players on Mercury.   So it’s sometimes quite hard to get help in a middle-of-the-road level.   It further hinders me that I picked Volt as a starter frame (no longer an option to new players! hah!).  Volts abilities are either utility, or electric based.  I am nigh-useless on infested levels.  Trying to figure out what frame to attain next.

Moba:
Smite:  I’ve recently gotten back into smite, and am loving it for some reason.  I think a large part of this has to do with the inclusion of the First win of the day rewards (one for each game mode).  These really speed up the favor gain, and get you to play more modes than just conquest.  Match of the day is interesting as it (as named) changes per day.  Not to mention that people in the casual queue as as bad as I am, so I tend to be okay with losing.  The community also seems (somewhat) less toxic than League (le shudder).  This is not to say that there are words of encouragement in chat, but definitely less hate.

Airmech:  Sweet lord, I don’t know how this game isnt more popular than it already is.   Picture a moba, that can also work like a twin-stick shooter.  Creeps don’t just spawn at your base and run to the enemy, you can also build your own creeps.  Many kinds (although you can only bring 8 types to build to a battle.  Strategy people!) of them, from infantry, to tanks, to artillery.  The heroes in Airmech are just so customizable.  Example:   your Airmech has stats.   The pilot you put in it has their own stats.  The gear in your Airmech also has it’s own stats.   Make it however you like.  (I wonder how fast you can get the slow bomber to go if you push for speed…)   The fact that you can roll as a UFO and abduct (mind control) enemy units really doesn’t hurt.   The first win of the day/daily login reward that includes the Real Money currency is a nice bonus.

General MMO-y:
Neverwinter:  So far so good.  That’s what I can mostly say about Neverwinter.  I don’t necessarily agree with all the design choices that have been made, but the game works.  For the most part, the leveling is quick, the skirmishes are fast as advertised, and if you want a longer challenge you can do dungeons.  The PvP is fun and not time consuming.  I’m not sure anything really stands out in the game, but it works as a good standard MMO filler if you’re not playing anything else.  I eagerly await additional classes/class types (assuming they do not cost money).

Space:
Kerbal Space Program:  Do I really need to explain this?  This thing is amazing, and its price only goes higher as development gets closer to done.  Get it now!  If you are unsure, take a look at Scott Manley’s Youtube videos.  Keep in mind, he does use some mods, so not everything he does is in the stock game.

Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll go into some detail on something or another next time.
~Novytech

Cost Efficiency of Change

Posted in Changes, Guild, Misc., Rant with tags , , , , on 07.22.2011 by Pothos

 

I’ve been considering finding a new home for one of my characters for a while now.  This isn’t happening quite soon yet, as my availability wont be regular until classes start up again.  For a long time, I’ve been against being in more than 1 guild, but lately I think I’ve come to understand at least why I would be interested in doing that.

Anyway, if and when I do this, I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do.  The difficult part of this is cost efficiency.  My best bet would be an off-server guild.  So this brings server Xfer cost up front.  Second consideration is faction change.  I’d rather not have to pay that extra, but I also don’t want to skimp on that and get into a guild that doesn’t suit my needs.

The last hard part is character choice.  I’d rather not do this for more than 1 character.  And don’t even bring up leveling a new main on a different server.  If there’s one thing I ::Cannot Stand::, it’s the leveling process.  I seethe with hate every time I think about it.  I’ve done all of that content already.  Multiple times.  It’s extremely boring to me.  Lucky me, is that I prefer a different class for each role in WoW. I’m just so awesome like that.

An additional difficulty, at least for a couple months, is that I made my current class schedule in alignment with  my current guild raid schedule in mind (and even then, had to miss a day because I had no other option).  So right now, I’m basically screwed.  At best, I could be an occasional attendee, or a bench warmer on some nights to fill in when someone has to leave their spot.  My class times are all night classes.   Realistically, I wouldn’t be available until…. 9 pacific?  maybe even later.

This is all partially due to my travel time to classes, and it being hard for me to get there early.  Boo-urns.

DESPITE ALL THIS. I still have hope.  Of everything in wow, Anything is possible.  Who knows, maybe I’ll pull what did last time.  Join a guild.  in 2 months become an officer.  in 2.5 months become a GM.

Hah.

The things that bind us

Posted in Misc., Rant with tags , , , , , on 07.14.2011 by Pothos

 

Friendship never ceases to surprise me.  Of the things that exists in the social setting of Warcraft, it is probably the most powerful force in holding a guild together.  I can understand sticking around with the people you’ve been friends with for a long time in wow, but to what extent?

Like most of my posts, this is referring directly to my guild.  (See previous posts for details about that).  I have a number of raiders who are completely amazing.  Their raid effectiveness is top notch, they show up when they say they will, and their social dynamic is amazing.  These are people that could easily get into top server guilds.  Hell, they could easily server transfer and get into guilds better than what our server can offer them.

And yet…  here they are on some backwater server, in a guild that really doesn’t scratch much of a raiding itch.

I can’t help but wonder what their limits are.   What are mine even?  Part of the reason I started writing entries was a way to get rid of excess energy and frustration.  If I cannot do something in wow, doing something wow-related can ease the craving.

What can I say?  I need my hit.

All that being said, I’m glad they are here.  I wish I could reward them for their dedication with more than just my company, my hilarious jokes, and witty retorts.

And sarcasm.  Lots, and lots of sarcasm.

Going beyond Nouveau WoW

Posted in Misc. with tags , , on 05.17.2011 by Pothos

If this title doesnt make sense to you, look up the usage of ‘Nouveau riche’.  Wikipedia has a decent article.

Soon it’ll be 7 years of wowing.  I don’t know about anybody else, but other than ‘staying alive’, there isn’t anything I’ve done consistently for as long as I’ve played wow.  What i find interesting is the change of ‘style’ of WoWing over time.

When WoW was new, I spent a lot of time playing.  I was also completely dedicated to my main class.   I had no max level alt, or even medium level.   At the end of vanilla, my highest alt was probably in the 20’s.  maybe 30’s.  I was basically unaware of WoW news and general media on the internet.  Reading the internet meant i wasn’t playing wow.  Obviously a waste of my time.  (we’re also talking about a time when warlocks didn’t dot in raids because they were all pushed off due to debuff limits….  interesting times.)

Once BC was well established, and i started actually having more characters to play on, i looked more into WoW-outside-of-WoW.  I started researching my class.  I inspected blue posts.  found out about potential changes incoming, and general theories on how things could be improved.

By the time Wrath hit, i was regularly visiting wow sites, looking up everything possible, and aware of every blue word within minutes of them existing.

This continues into even farther extremes today.  I read about, and involve myself into wow-based media more than i actually play the game.  This is not to say i don’t play much,  but there’s less demand of my time in wow due to the state of my guild, class, etc.  Even as i type this, i just opened a tab to Gamebreaker in preparation for their WoWcast “Legendary”.

Some places i visit regularely, like MMO-C for general wow news and its blue tracker.  Other places i visit as they put out posts, like WoMatticus, or Big Crits.  There are plenty of other sites i visit as well, please don’t think i’m trying to single anyone out 😛  If  I listed every wow site i visited……  there would be a long list.

I’d like to think I’ve grown as a player over these years.   I certainly play for different reasons now.  It used to be ‘the new thing’.  I used to play wow just for the entertainment and addiction value.   I needed my fix.   These days, I love the content,  The people, the raiding,  the whole social experience.

And hey, the purples are still nice.  They just happen to be icing on the cake.

Games Games Games

Posted in Misc. on 03.23.2011 by Pothos

So WoW is going on… what…  7 years this november?  It seems plenty of people in my local wow area are getting somewhat disenchanted with the game.   This isn’t unexpected.  Seven years is a long time to play the same game, even if it does have new content.  I seem to be an exception.   I still love wow, especially raiding.

But what of everything else?  What is one to do if they’re bored?  Try something else would be the obvious answer.  So here’s some thoughts on that matter, both present and future.

As far as MMO’s go, Rift is a common response right now.  I had the pleasure of taking part on a number of beta events and I can honestly say I do like the game.  The class system is solid (if hard to balance) and allows for a lot of options.  I do like the route Trion went with rift classes in that there’s only 4 base classes, with a bunch of tree’s within it.  I dont have to roll 10 characters to play everything *cough*cough*.

This is not to say rift doesn’t have its problems, every mmo does.  It’s obviously not perfect.  That being said, i don’t have the money to burn to play more than one MMO, so I will not criticize Rift directly as my personal experience with release level rift is basically nothing.   Either way, a solid choice if you’re looking to expand out of wow, but dont want to get into something too alien in form.

While it’s not out yet, a number of my guild members are looking forward to Star Wars: The Old Republic.  While TOR does look interesting, I’m not sure i’ll be involving myself with it.  Nothing personal against the game, it looks like it’ll be fun.  I hope it’ll live up to its hype.  I’d hate to lose guildies over something that doesn’t turn out they way they expect.  Bioware has a good record behind them, all they have to do is keep it up for one more game.

What about outside of MMO’s?  My two big titles i’m awaiting are Portal 2 and Diablo 3.  I’m not even going to into them though.  I don’t want to jinx it.   If only one of them will turn out good, i hope it’s Diablo 3.   The diablo franchise is still my favorite as far as games go, and the only game to take more of my life away from me than WoW was Diablo 2.  And before that, Diablo 1.
(click click click click click perfect gem activated *yes!*)

While i hate to admit this, I think i must.  Call it my dirty little secret if you have to.   Ever since hanbitsoft aquired the rights to hellgate and announced that they’ll bring it back to the US, i’ve been pining over what could be.   That being said, there’s been just about zero news about it ever since the announcement.   So I’ve no idea where that’s going.

For those who are unaware, Hellgate:London kept going in korea after its US shutdown.  Theres been a lot of changes made to it, and expanded content.   However, you cant use/make an account on the korean servers unless you supply the equivelent of a korean SSN. (as of the last time i checked)  So unless you have a friend over there, you’re out of luck.

HAH.  I knew i forgot something.   The one other project i’m hoping on is Torchlight 2.  The original Torchlight was simple, and fun.  But it could only be a temporary game without any kind of multiplayer.  Not even LAN 😦  So here’s to hoping it’s at least as good as the original.

So now i just have to hope that all of the ones I’m interested in are released with reasonable amounts of time between them.  Otherwise I’ve no idea how i’ll afford them.

Frostmourne HUNGERS

Posted in Misc. on 09.02.2010 by Pothos

SO.  I can’t help but notice that Frostmourne and I have something in common.  We’re both really hungry.  But to the two of us, these are very different problems. Frostmourne craves only souls, which are readily available in the world.  Cleaving souls is like breathing, assuming you’re not living in a barren area devoid of life. (insert joke about canada or some of the northern US states)  I on the other hand, have a more refined taste.

The sad thing is that i used to live in a Chicago suburb.   Let me tell you, around chicago has a lot of food.  I miss the variety these days.  Where I am now in Wisconsin doesn’t have nearly the same selection.  There is in particular a void of everything polish (and subsequently, bohemian).  Do you know what I had to do to get some Kolaki?   I had to bake my own! While it turned out well and everyone liked it, it still wasn’t quite the same.

One thing that annoys me is the discrepency of food names.  While someone like me with a polish/bohemian background (among other things) is used to ‘pigs in a blanket’ referring to a hamburger/rice/onion mixture wrapped in cabbage with a spicy tomato sauce over it, there are some areas like here that often refer to……  a hotdog wraped in a croissant?  HOTDOG????  You can’t see it, but there’s a tear in my eye.  That being said……  I kind of want to try that.

There seems to be a discrepency about what ‘chicago style’ is in some places.  Maybe my part of chicago was some weird exception, but when i ordered a hotdog (or fries) i did not get celery salt on them.  I never even had the option.  I never would have wanted the option for that matter.  And yet everywhere i’ve been lately (in WI, and MN) that is ‘chicago style’ they throw the stuff over the hotdog and sometimes the fries.  Weeeiiiirrrrdddd.  And then there’s Goulash.  My fiance says to me one day “I’m going to make Goulash.”, of course i say ‘sure!’  Now i was pretty suprised when this dish of tomato sauce, noodles, and some other stuff comes to me.  ‘Bwuh?’ i ask.  I’m strongly accustomed to the Goulash we always got in chicago, based on Hungarian Goulash.   A little bit of a shock there.

And then there’s the missing places. Can you believe the only White Castle in WI is by the IL border and a number of hours away?  That there isn’t even a single California Pizza Kitchen in the STATE.  Seriously?  I haven’t really found any place to make up for the missing foods either.  Although the middle eastern place came close.  (that being said, i never really looked for that food in chicago.  a shame really.  delicious.)  What i want right now is a CPK to get me a decent Margharita pizza*.  The local place does an ‘okay’ one, but the crust doesnt fit the style.

I think when i started this I had a point, but between 5 hours of sleep and being ungodly early in the morning I have lost it.  My apologies.  But on the positive side of things, i have chinese leftovers for tonight.
Who knows. if i figure out more of a purpose, i might come back and edit this post.  But i doubt it 😛

If you’re ever in the western chicago suburb area, do yourself a couple favors:
1.) California pizza kitchen margharita pizza* (theres a CPK in…. oakbrook mall?)
2.)Bohemian Crystal (in westmont on blackhawk drive)
3.)Falco’s Pizza (willowbrook, on Route 83/Kingery Highway)

those are the top 3 that come to mind.  For falco’s i always got a pepperoni, garlic, green pepper pizza. although the panzarotti’s are great too.  Same ‘toppings’.

*: With a caramel apple martini. god damn it’s so good.

EDIT: I seem to recall hearing that Bennigans filed for bankruptcy a while back.  But i guess it still exists, seeing that the webpage still works.  I will add that i really ❤ eating there 😛   There (was?) one just by the darien border i think.  cant remember the location offhand.  not far from the wal-mart i think.  or maybe the Kohl’s.  God it’s been too many years.   There are none of those up by me either.  GRRRR.

The guild issue, and some randomness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , on 03.04.2010 by Pothos

Well not really.  Theres been a lot of talk between guild/blog relationships lately.   Mine obviously isnt much of an issue, as i do not post much.   It isn’t a problem with having content to write about, it’s just more of a time constraint.  I’d probably be more effective as a co-blogger than an actual one.   Just like being a guild master.  OooOOoOooo dissing my own guild mastering.

hah.

Anyway.  I’d like to say that it’s all freedom.  Say what you want.  Your space is your space.   But I can’t.  At least not directly.   But it also really depends on who you are exactly.  While I would wish anyone to feel open about their thoughts, I would have some people be careful.  To be specific, I’d worry about Officers and other higher-ups.  Theres a lot of discussion that goes on in O chat for my people.  And a lot of it I wouldn’t want out in the open.  If we wipe, we talk about it in O chat.  We try to narrow down what caused it, and what can be done to help so it doesn’t happen again.

Now take the example and turn it into a blog post:

Raid Member 1) Upbeat post about how the raid was wiping, but then after a couple tips from the raid leader, i no longer stood in the fire, and everything was okay!!!!!!oneoneeleven

Officer 1)We were doing horribly at a boss.  When i talked to the others, we noticed that Raid Member 1 was being a tard so we informed him of it in a raid-chat friendly manner.

These are different things (and for what it’s worth, doesn’t mirror anything in particular.  although i’m sure someones stood in the fire at some point).  All i would ask of my peoples in some amount of discretion.   At the very least avoid names.  Even great people have bad days.   If at all possible i’d try to avoid even some vague specifics.   Complaining about DPS is all well and good, they’re like roaches. They’re everywhere.  But you complain about your tank, and you only have a handful at best, deduction becomes a possibility.   A little discretioncan go a long way.   And as Matticus says

“…they [bloggers] are free to write about whatever they wish, but have some tact. If it’s a problem with myself, a situation, conflicts, or policy issues, that it be brought up with myself or an officer first to see if it can be resolved.”

Read more: http://www.worldofmatticus.com/2010/03/03/advice-on-blogging-safely-without-fear-of-a-gkick/#ixzz0hDriTzB7

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as a sidenote, that link was actually popped in automatically.  badass.
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THUS ENDS THE GUILD ISSUE.  TUNE IN NEXT WEEK WHEN…. nevermind.

ANYWAY.  It’s been a while since i’ve put out my thoughts.   A little more personal stuff in a personal blog.   Just because i love wow, doesnt mean everything should be about it.  As anyone can see, I’m not followed by many people, partly in the fact that i’ve told almost no one that i do this.  While i like the idea of blogging, i also know that my life/time restraints keep me from consistantly posting.  Which is a shame because i love putting my thoughts out.   If anyone finds them, so be it.   This is mostly just a personal venture of writing.   Hell, i’m supposed to take a writing class or 2 as a requirement anyway.

I’m trying to learn to play guitar as a side-venture as well.  That’s also going slowly >.>  wish i had more self motivation, but damn.   Motivating me is like parting the red sea (+10 dkp for jesus reference)  But i’ll slowly go at it.   I’m still getting better, i’m just not a pro at it yet.  Instantly.  Like i was hoping.

Some people might point out that while i say i dont tell anyone about these posts, that  “hey, i saw this on your twitter!  JOO LIES”.   I would then point out to you, that the only people that i have on my twitter (majoritively) are wow bloggers/web site people that i like to follow.   Some of you have interesting insights/thoughts/lives.   Well, and some webcomic people.  But following you guys/girls on twitter also alerts me to your blog posts 🙂   When you mention them anyway.  At the very least, Matticus points out his postings 😀

To those who would care to know an extra thing about me, I like reading.   I didnt read much in general until i started taking classes again.   Takes about an hour and a half bus ride to get there, so i use books to fill the time.  I am currently reading David Eddings.  I finished The Belgariad recently, and am currently working on The Mallorean.  I just finished book…… 3?  i think 3.   I also need to go and pick up the latest (and last!) book of the Deverry Cycle (by Katherine Kerr).  *tear* It’s like…. book 14? or 15?   Why must it end so fast!  And to anyone open to recommendations, (everythign i’ve mentioned here is fantasy btw)  Please, please.   Go read the Chronicles of Amber by R.Zelazny (god i hope i spelled that right).
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interlude:

As i write this post, i honestly do not know if my own guild is mentioned at all on this site.   I don’t *think* I’ve put my guild name in here.   But i can’t be sure offhand.   I don’t hide my name at all, thought theres quite a number of people who use it.   I ❤ my guild and (most) it’s people (:P).  But i can’t shake the feeling that… wow… it would be weird if any of them ever read something i put online.

It would be…….    creepy.
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On that note, we’re getting closer to Fester25.   We need better DPS though.  Our overall drops in 25 have been sucking.  It doesnt help that a number of high dps have taken breaks/quit wow recently.
The new tabard design went over well 🙂  I’m particularly proud of this one.

This posting on a Th morning works pretty well beyond the fact i’m incredibly tired.   Think i’m going to stop and publish it now.   Put some more thought into the T/TH morning thing.   I wake up fairly early for classes, but i do give myself extra time to actually be awake//need to hit snooze 15 times.  This also means i dont want to start things in wow, but when i’m tired i also do not gravitate toward gaming.

Alright i’m out.

E>  My blocky heart knows blocky love.