Open Doors

using System;

class HelloWorld {
    static void Main() {
        Console.WriteLine(“I’m teaching myself C#!”);
    }
}

Taking a break from my main character in World of Warcraft has once again opened my world to many other activities I have been meaning to get to for some time.  I’m amazed every time I take these MMO breaks at just how much stuff I can get done.  For instance, as per the above, I’ve started teaching myself C# just for the heck of it.  I have a fair bit of experience with Java which is quite similar to C#, so the learning is going quick.  It’s very annoying being a completionist however, because no matter how well I already know how to do loops and if else statements, I still find myself reading those sections and doing those exercises.

Back to gaming.  I finally finished Gears of War on my Xbox 360, which turned out better than I thought it would.  The story is, to be quite honest, formulaic and cheesy, and the gameplay is fairly repetitive, but I still had a lot of fun with the game.  I’m looking forward to playing the sequel, which I’ve had on the shelf since its release.

Gears 2 will have to wait a little bit however, as I now work towards finishing Fable 2.  I’m not consulting any guides or walkthroughs, but if I had to hazard a guess I’d say I’m about three quarters of the way through the main story.  Apart from the main story, my character now owns almost every business in Bowerstone Market and money has become no object to me.  It’s kind of nice.  Not only that, I think every single female (and some guys too) is in love with me, which is actually quite annoying because let’s face it, I play video games to escape my every day life, not re-live it.  Ba-dum-dum-pish!

I have a few gripes with Fable 2.  The map system is terrible.  Half the time I have no idea where I am or where I’m going; I just follow the glowing trail.  Further to that, I don’t get any sense whatsoever that Albion is a large place; it feels too disjointed.  The individual zones themselves are very well done and look really nice, I just wish the transitions between them were seamless.  Actually, I wish the world was constructed a little more like Oblivion.  Still, the game is really good and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the ending, which, given my break from WoW, I’ll actually be able to see!

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