Time

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”

“Time, the devourer of all things.”

As I browse through the blog archive here, I can’t help but wonder what the hell happened to my life. How did I ever get to spend so much time playing video games?

The answer is obvious … family and life. Two children, a full time job, yada yada … the usual suspects.

Nowadays, I spend maybe 2 to 3 hours a week playing World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the well known PC version. And it’s not even quality time, because the game is at times very very frustrating. Wait, I’ll rephrase that. Having to engage with other people in this multiplayer game is at times very frustrating. But that is usually the case in a multiplayer environment these days.

Massive multiplayer games are definately off the list. Way to time consuming and I’m going to be honest to myself here, after more than two decades of playing mmo’s I can honestly say I’ve seen it all, heared it all and definately played it all. No matter how next generation style it is, you can bet your *** it’s the same old thing.

So what now?
Honestly, no freakin’ clue. Twitch is a drag to watch these days. Seems like every other gamer out there is trying to ‘make it big‘. What ever happened to playing because you like to?

Maybe finish my huge backlog of games on GOG.com? Write about that?

Battle of the MMO’s

A friend of mine is trying to get me to play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. He’s been playing it for a while now, and he’s enjoying it a lot. The thing is, his playstyle differs a lot from mine, and his life situation is just completely opposite of mine. He has loads of time to play the sh*t out of games. He also streams a lot of his game on Twitch, so I’ve seen plenty FFXIV has to offer.

I’m still not convinced to be honest. FF XIV seems like a pretty game, the graphics and all that jazz. But it is a weird kind of game, and I’m not sure what to think of it. Seems like a serious grind to me.

I’ve been considering buying The Elder Scrolls Online, seeing how I liked Daggerfall, Morrowind and Skyrim. Playing ESO casually seems like a good idea, but then I watched Angry Joe’s review of the game, and it’s not a very good review. I challenge you to watch the review.

 

Trusty blog is still here

Some things in life are set in stone, as are WordPress blogs.

Stuff has happened, life has shifted, people change and on top of that, you get older and older. Man that sounded depressing …

What have I been up to?

World of Warcraft has been terminated for good (disclaimer: I have said this a 100 times already in the last couple of years). Maybe, just mini-me-maybe, I will give the next expansion a very casual try. I’m curious about the personal town / garrison thing, and the Burning Crusade thing redone sounds interesting.

Thing is however, we’ve (I) done it all a million times before. New zones, new art, new enemies, new dungeons and raids, new looks, new shinies, ‘new’ quests, new interactions, new loot, new stats … but in reality, not so very new.

I believe I have finally outgrown massive multiplayers. Due to a severe lack of time, a stessy job and a growing family, I just can’t commit myself to the time sink that is so ever present in the current mmo gaming industry.

I have for a small time played EVE Online, you can read my little blog I kept during that time over here at timetoeve.wordpress.com. It might fancy you or it might not. I finally stopped playing EVE because it was sucking in to much of my attention. And I mean that in a bad bad way.
EVE Online is not just a game, it is a virtual life. It’s both amazing and annoying. And it is also very consuming of your time.

So for the rest, I am slowly playing some on my single player games I have sitting in my Steam or Good Old Games backlog for years. Games like Faster Than Light, Master of Orion 2, Distant Worlds, Space Empires 4 …

And even that is dying a slow death.

My wife and I are expecting our second child. The wife did a pregnancy test last week. About a month and a half ago (something) we finally made the decision to go for it, and then bam, I shoot and I score. First try, jackpot.

If life was Mortal Kombat, then I would have scored a flawless victory …

Ha ha ha. Look at this at urban dictionary.

” The pleasant and rare occasion in which after a long and sometimes stressful poo the wiper reveals a clean piece of toilet paper. No poo to speak of, it’s all in the toilet.
Person one: Wow that was a fast shit!
Person two: Flawless victory man! In and out! “

Ok, not what I had in mind at all. Never even knew about that definition :-).

Harder, better, faster, stronger

My previous post where I kinda complained about the silly existence melee players have in SWTOR, with all the flashy stuff going around making your ADD head go boom, made me think about previous games and that particular problem.

Obviously the first game that came to mind was World of Warcraft. It has a similar problem. And that is, always fighting evil feet and legs while shit explodes around you. Why is that?

Well, for starters, it always has to be bigger, and better.

In the WOW vanilla game, you killed Ragnaros, a great firelord in a lavapool. In The Burning Crusade, you ended killing an evil demon Night Elf with issues. Then came The Lich King expansion, where you faced … tadaaa … the Lich King himself.
After that it was time for the Cataclysm expansion, in which you were put in front of Deathwing, a huge evil black dragon so big, you ended the fight by killing his claws and then his head. And now, in Mists of Pandaland, you are facing an evil so huge … euhm …

I’m sorry, I actually have no idea what evil demons you are killing. An evil Sha here, an Orc gone cuckoo over there. Yeah I admit, I fell overboard from the Blizzard boat right there. They lost me.
But that is not really a surprise is it? You have fought demons and wannabee gods all over the place. Gone to other dimensions, you have slain more bad things than you can remember … as a player.

So how do you top that, as a developer? What’s the next bigger and better? If you have killed the biggest, baddest evil in the universe, what’s next?
Unfortunately, the answer to that … is just more evil. More bigger, and some more. It doesn’t stop, it’s like politicians. There’s always more, and more.

So if there’s one thing I could say to a MMO content designer, it would be this:

“No more huge beasts and gods, I’m tired of whacking evil legs and feet.”

And then i’d sneak in this as well:

“And please stop making everything look like a disco-dance-fight.”

Now, I’m not getting my hopes up. This bigger and better thing is ever present. Look at the Lord of the Rings movies. In the first, they are on a quest to bring the ring to that evil mountain. Big fights, deaths. Epic right?
In the second movie evil is kicking ass, and it ends in a huge zerg battle on Helms Deep. How more epic could that shit be right? I mean come on …
In the third movie, they just go insane. A huger than huge zerg on a city, bigass fighting trees, freakin’ undead pirates that commandeer a ship and help out the good guys, and as a grand finale, the almost slaughtered good guys facing evil in the eye and eventually kicking ass.

Harder, better, faster, stronger … I like the song, but sometimes going overboard is best.

Life goes by so fast these days …

And the more I think of it, the less I understand.

Gone are the days when I could just play on pretty much every evening, happily strolling away in a virtual world, grinding my teeth on digital things. Nowadays, I’m a happy camper if I can squeeze in an hour or two every couple of days. And the funny thing is, this ‘change’ didn’t take long to happen. Now that I think of it, probably three to four months or so.

This is not a rant or anything, and I’m not saying my life is better or worse now. It’s just weird, that gaming suddenly got thrown in the backseat. And I’m not sure why it’s over there or who threw it in the first place.

And then I look around and see fellow bloggers posting beautiful articles and opinions, and I think to myself, where do they get the energy? The time? The time to play AND write cool / great stuff. On different games, all the time. How the hell do they stay organized?

Now I admit, when it comes to organizing I have a lot to learn. And to be honest, my ADD and ASD isn’t really helping me either. I’m always all over the place. This, that, this … that … It is tiring you know? Just take a loot at the archives of my little blog. The amount of times I have revived the blog and started fresh are countless (drama-alert!). Maybe I should at least get points for persistence?

Sinatra once said ‘THAT’S LIFE’ …

… And boy was he right.

No I haven’t died. (Thanks for that email, it made me laugh)

Combine a new job with parenthood, and add a whole bunch of provider issues that lasted way way to long, and you get a prolonged absence of blogging (and online gaming).

But I’m back, with a vengeance. Kinda.

So what does that mean? Beats the living crap out of me, but it sure sounded like a Die Hard movie.

My WOW account has expired, not because I did it on purpose, nono I forgot to mention that, because I also have some credit card issues.

My bank decided to issue me a new card for reasons unknown, and on top of that they send the new card and info to the wrong address, and also blocking my old card in the process.

So that left me hanging for a while, waiting for the bank to sort the mess out.

Due to the provider issues I haven’t been online for quite some time, making me forget basically everything about GW2. Did I mention I’m old?

So now I’m back, with a credit card, and an internet connection. And a 15 month old daughter that thinks she’s 15 years old and in puberty (or something, I am NOT an expert on this. I just deal with it as I go along).

My little princess

My little princess aka Beetlezombelle

So what have I been up to gaming wise? I’ve been entertaining myself a bit with unplayed PlayStation 3 games I had lying around. Like Deus Ex Human Revolution and Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning.

Fun and entertaining, but no massively multiplayer games ofc.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in the past 4 months since you imported from Blogger. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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