Gaming Questions

I found this questionnaire via Contains Moderate Peril. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so I figured I would answer it, to give my 3 readers something to look at for 2 minutes.

When did you start playing video games? When I was in Elementary School is the earliest I can recall. In the 80s.

What is the first game you remember playing? Some math game on an old Mac computer at school. You know the black and green screen? Maybe it was Oregon Trail.

PC or Console? I’ve played both quite a bit, but these days it’s mostly PC.

XBox, PlayStation, or Wii? Playstation

What’s the best game you’ve ever played? Knights of the Old Republic

What’s the worst game you’ve ever played? Oh man… What’s that fucked up one where you roll around collecting things? Katamari or something. That gets my vote.

Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like. WoW. I wanted to play it. It just didn’t do anything for me.

Name a game that was poorly received that you really like. Spore is the first one that comes to mind.

What are your favourite game genres? MMORPG

Who is your favourite game protagonist? FemShep, or Earthworm Jim. Haha

Describe your perfect video game. LOTRO before they fucked it up (HD ruined it, but let’s say Pre-Isengard)

What video game character do have you have a crush on? I’ve never met a video game character worthy of that sort of emotion.

What game has the best music? LOTRO, Riders of Rohan soundtrack is AMAZING.

Most memorable moment in a game: The big reveal in KOTOR.

Scariest moment in a game: All of the original Resident Evil when you’re 12-13 years old.

Most heart-wrenching moment in a game: When you think you accidentally deleted the wrong save or character

What are your favourite websites/blogs about games? Does my own count?

What’s the last game you finished? Technically? The main story line in Elder Scrolls Online. For a game with an ending? Hmmmm. I don’t recall.

What future releases are you most excited about? Star Citizen

Do you identify as a gamer? I identify myself as a lot of things.

Why do you play video games? For the epic loots!

 

Moving to the Ebonheart Pact

Over the weekend I made a huge decision regarding the future of my ESO career. I am leaving the Daggerfall Covenant and will be giving Ebonheart Pact characters 100% focus. The guilds I was playing with are too quiet or inactive and I set out to find a new one. I had recently just started a new toon on the EP side, as that was where I wanted to play in the first place, and ended up submitting an application to the Debaucherous Tea Party guild. Sound’s right up my alley!

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My new toon is a heavy armor wearing, two hand sword swinging Sorcerer who dabbles a bit in Storm Calling, and will likely pick up a bow in a few levels when the weapon swap becomes available. Sigvar the Axe will be recreated and cloned, for the EP side, and plans for an NB healer are in the works too.

I will miss a handful of the TOG folks I was playing with, but the interaction was too few and far in between to anchor me there.

#ElderScrollsOnline #EbonheartPact #Blaugust (Since I don’t play by the rules, I am not actively doing 1 post a day for Blaugust, but I’m tagging this shit anyway)

Gaming Troubles

I’ve been running into a lot of road blocks when it comes to getting in game time lately…

#Firefall

Looks awesome, can’t play it. I can’t get past the log in screen. I put my user name and password and the text field boxes just blink red at me. No error, no message, nothing. To their credit, Firefall staff have been very prompt in attempts to help, however we’re yet to come to a working resolution. I’ve logged a little over a half hour in Firefall according to steam, just sitting on the log in screen.

 

#ArcheAge

Looks awesome, but lacking any semblance of entertainment. The game certainly is beautiful, if you hide all the shit on the screen with the UI toggle key. Combat so far seems lacking, but not exactly sure how so. It just seems sort of clunky and the animations I’ve seen so far are pretty uninspiring. Right now I am really glad I did not spring for one of the early access/founders packs. Also, what the hell is up with the eyebrow-penciled on beards? There are two sexes in this game, females and females with out boobs. Fucking lame.

 

#ElderScrollsOnline

I am finding it quite difficult lately, in that the social aspect of the game has been just absolutely dead. The only guild activity I have is from a bunch of random folks in a random trade guild I joined. My friends from ToG seem to be mostly gone or missing, and the ones left don’t talk much. Same for the HS group of people. I have not even seen the one remaining Stalwart buddy on the last 3 or 4 times I’ve logged in.

On top of that some current personal struggles have caused me to have to put my subscription on hold (next months fees coming at a totally inopportune time in August for me). Hopefully will be able to re-up in a couple weeks after I get some things settled.

Update: I no longer have to let my account lapse for a few weeks.

A Wardens Life For Me

Sigtric, Warden of Rohan

Sigtric, Warden of Rohan

It finally happened: the desire to play LOTRO has progressed from just a desire, to a constant nagging — MUST GET HOME, SCARF DINNER, PLAY MY NEW WARDEN!

Yesterday all my daydreaming about what I was going to do when I finally was released from the bonds of employ for the day was centered around two things. Making/eating corn waffles and chili and then playing LOTRO. Sadly the playing part never happened due to some unexpected circumstances and then losing the will to get off the couch. The good news is however I have something enough to make me want to actually make an effort to get back in game.

My new Warden, Sigtric, hails from Rohan. All of my Race of Man characters always do but I am not really sure why. I am drawn to their lore for some unknown reason. Maybe it’s the horses (though horses hold no special fondness with me, outside of being nifty utility animals), or maybe it’s the architecture. I can tell you it is not the landscape, as I much prefer the features and climes of some place like Breeland or Rhovanion (Dale) to the grassy plains of Rohan.

Some part of me is considering he only use an axe, rather than a spear (go figure!) but I am not sure I will. Part of the allure to the class for me is the Spear/Shield animation and the one handed weapon swings just don’t seem quite right. He will also be a master Woodworker, but as always I will most likely let the Guild doings slip.

Considering that I wont have to give any attention to my old characters anymore, I have a pretty good feeling that this one will make it to the end, that is of course unless Turbine revamps the devamp and screws me all up again.

 

#LOTRO #Warden

No Gaming for You! ESO, LOTRO and the Lack of Time

Well… I got some gaming in, just not as much as I would usually like. I seem to be trading off the entirety of my Saturdays to long bike rides, then the gym, then errands, and by the time it’s all done I might get an hour or two of gaming. That is, if I am not too worn out to concentrate on the game.

This past Saturday was much the same. I sat down late in the day to try and get my then level 49 Dragonknight to VR1 and got about 3/4 of the way through the level before I had to log. Sunday morning brought more gym time and in the late morning I sat down to try again. This time I made VR1 and then continued to finish cleaning up Coldharbor, as I had previously finished the main story line and progressed to the VR areas before actually hitting VR.

As I was working on saving Lady Laurent’s manservant Stibbons from a lusty daedra, I hit VR1. I played for a few more hours and then tried to switch over to LOTRO.

If you’ve read any of my recent posts on LOTRO, or have spoken with me regarding the game you’ll know that not only do I have a pretty good desire to play it, I also find it incredibly frustrating when I try. The game is just not what it was/what I want it to be, and all these little stupid things really dent my enjoyment.

After spending 45 minutes cleaning out my bags and another half hour respending points in all the various gimmicks (LIs, Skill Trees, Warsteeds) I was pretty much spent on the whole idea. I pushed on and got sent to a particular town in the Wold, before going to Wildermore (yes it’s been that long, I’ve not done Wildermore yet) that seems to have burnt down, but I have no recollection of it. I realize I need some refresher. So I take a step back from the book quests for a bit and decide just to play a little and get my feel for my character. Bleh! Boring. Couple that with the games lag, stuttering and long load times I was done.

It occurs to me that I REALLY want to see the story in this game through. I am a huge Tolkien geek and that was the reason I stuck around for so long. For the most part, in terms of pure story, I love Turbine’s writers angle. I want to see the conclusion through their characters eyes and perspectives.

There is now a finality in my feeling that I can not play my original characters anymore. It’s just too much of a pain in the ass to try. After my experiment of a fresh start on the Landroval server all I wanted to do was hop on my old Hunter and carry on. Yesterday proved that impossible.

In my last two short little dives back into LOTRO the only times I have enjoyed it was as a fresh new character. I figure it is because I am not attached to what they were once like my old toons, but rather getting to know them as they are currently. The problem is I’ve done the lvl 75 and under stuff so many times, it is tedious. I am guessing I have one last go in me. I could probably do one more character through all that stuff and then push on to the end.

The only questions are now, or wait until the end and then try it? What class? Warden, Champ and Captain have the most appeal to me right now.

After giving up yesterday I went downstairs with the intent to ponder on what exactly I wanted out of LOTRO while eating dinner… I ended up watching people nearly kill themselves on some Animal Planet show and forgot all about it. I probably got in 5 hours total of gaming this weekend. Booo.

#ElderScrollsOnline #LOTRO