Awake From My Slumber

It’s been a month, an entire flippin’ month since my last post.  What the crap?  Seriously, where does the time go?  It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that I got bonked on the head somewhere in mid-October and have just now woken up from a concussion-induced sleep, because October came and went as if it never existed at all.

Isn’t it always the way that when you go ahead and post a blog entry re-affirming that your blog isn’t dead that you follow that up with a month long absence?  Craziness.  Truth is, there hasn’t been a whole lot for me to talk about lately.  It appears, unfortunately, that I’m not the only one to think so either.  A quick run through my blog list reveals that a few other gaming bloggers have taken indefinite breaks or have shut down outright.  The gaming world just doesn’t seem as exciting any more.

PC Gaming has definitely changed, there’s no denying it.  The PC section in the EB Games across the street from my office has been reduced to less shelf space than that dedicated to used Xbox games.  I’m talking original Xbox here.  I can remember a time many years ago when I could stroll through four or five entire aisles filled to the brim with PC games at Future Shop.  Now, they have barely one aisle, most of which is occupied by World of Warcraft boxes and various budget titles.  What is this world coming to?

Fortunately, while perusing that one aisle at Future Shop, I stumbled upon a collector’s edition of Dragon Age: Origins which I picked up.  I was planning on holding off on buying the game to give myself some time to finish some others, like Fallout 3, but I decided not to pass up the opportunity to grab the collector’s edition, what with its cloth map and all.  I’ve gone so far as to install it on my aging PC to see if it ran, which it did, but I’d still like to delay playing it for when I get a new rig, sometime in the mid-distant future.

I’m interested in trying out Torchlight as well, given the great reviews I’ve read, but the more I thought about it, the more it sounded like the game Fate which I had started playing not so long ago.  That makes sense of course, given it’s done by some of the same developers, so I’ve loaded that up again and have been enjoying it periodically.

I’ve also taken on a renewed interest in Fallout 3 after a few weeks off to play NHL 10.  I have a feeling I’m approaching the end of the game, so I’ll try and get that finished up as soon as possible.  It’s still a great game, very enjoyable, but I’m about ready to leave the desolate waste lands for some greener environments.  I’m thinking of heading back to Oblivion to play through the Shivering Isles which I have yet to do, just so I can cross that game completely off my play list.

I received an email from the EverQuest II team, outlining all the lovely bonuses I could get for pre-ordering the upcoming expansion.  I checked out the trailer for Sentinel’s Fate and I’m sorry, but I have to say, as much as I loved EverQuest II, they’ve never been able to make a compelling trailer to save their lives.  The beholder-like monster looks pretty cool, but other than that, there’s nothing in there that makes me desperately want to play the game.  That said however, I am toying with the idea of checking it out in February.  It still eats away at me that I stopped playing with my Mystic sitting just six measly levels away from 80.  Of course, now I’d have to get him to 90, but, you know… whatever.

There’s a whole lot of post regurgitation for you, a rambling, incoherent post if I’ve ever seen one.  Cut me some slack though, I’ve been out of it for a month.  Don’t worry though, I’m not dead.

I’m Not Dead Yet

I'm Not Dead Yet

It’s been just over two weeks since my last post, which is a lifetime in blogging terms, but rest assured I’m still around (because I know you were wondering… right?).  The fact of the matter is, now that I’m no longer actively playing any MMOs, the blogging well has started to run dry.  There isn’t really a whole lot of interesting stuff to write about when you’re playing single-player games, is there?

Here’s a quick little update on a few different things:

Guild Wars
I was challenged by a friend claiming that I’d never be able to play Guild Wars up to level ten without first quitting of boredom.  I set out to prove him wrong and I definitely got off to a roaring start.  I was having a fair bit of fun with the game and rocketed my way up to level 8 and have since hit a brick wall.  I haven’t logged in to the game in weeks, so I’ll concede to my friend.  It probably wouldn’t take much to get those next two levels, but I’m not sure if I want to.  There you go Kuarlos… you win.

Dungeons and Dragons Online
The game went free, I played for a bit, and lost interest.  I definitely liked what I played, but my problem with it at the moment is that I wasn’t having a great time solo’ing it.  This game screams out for group play but my real life commitments don’t allow for that right now.  Maybe some day.

World of Warcraft
My subscription has been up  for two weeks now and I still have no burning desire to head back.  I suspect I’ll be able to last until Cataclysm’s release, at which time I fully intend to resubscribe, however, there’s nothing in that game for me right now.

Fallout 3
I finally cracked this one open on my Xbox 360 and I’m loving it.  It took a little bit to get going, but once it did, I was hooked.  I really like the atmosphere, although I can certainly see how it wouldn’t be for everyone.  There’s something so very satisfying about playing an RPG like this on a big TV while sitting in a comfy couch.  Sure the PC version looks better, but my rear end is so much more happy to be ensconced on the couch.  By my estimates I’m about halfway through the main story, and I’ve done every single side quest I’ve come across.

NHL 10
I hate (the internet version of hate) EA as much as the next guy, but they sure do make a good hockey game.  I’m having a blast with the “Be A Pro” mode in this one; a great feature if I’ve ever seen one.

Another reason I’ve migrated to my Xbox as of late is because I’m desperately in need of a new computer.  My current rig is approaching six years old and has been chugging on the newer games for the past little while.  When I finally get around to purchasing a new one I can see a whole lot of Dragon Age: Origins in my future.  For the meantime though, I’ll be sticking with the 360.

Overheard in a Game Store

I was in a local EB Games here yesterday killing time at lunch by browsing their ever-dwindling stock of PC games when I overheard the following conversation:

customer: (to the sales clerk) “What’s this Fallout 3 game about?”
sales clerk: “Have you ever played Oblivion?  It’s just like that, but futuristic.”
customer: “No, I’ve never played Oblivion.”
sales clerk: “Well, it’s basically one of those huge multiplayer games.”
me: (inside my head) “What?
customer: “Ah, well I already have Socom, so I don’t need another one of those.”
sales clerk: “Yeah.”

I suppose I could have said something, but that’s just not how I roll.  I realize that just because you work in a video game store doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to know about every single game that comes out, but Fallout 3?  It just released, on all platforms, and was marketed quite heavily within the very same store I was in!  They had a giant Fallout 3 cardboard standee thing right at the entrance to the store in addition to multiple posters on the damn wall.  Do you think maybe the sales people should be up to speed on one of the biggest releases of the year?

Furthermore, to call Oblivion, and by association Fallout 3, “one of those huge multiplayer games” is just plain crazy, not to mention the fact the sales guy let the customer assume that Fallout 3 was similar to Socom.  Really?  Socom?  I’ve personally never played any Socom game, nor paid attention at all to the series, yet I’m still fully aware that just about the only similarity it has to Fallout 3 is that they’re both video games.

Anyway…  I took another break from WoW last night in favour of Oblivion (the single-player version, not the “huge multiplayer” one) and started working towards finishing the main quest line instead of the million side quests I’ve got in my journal.  I suspect I’ll be spending a lot of time in Oblivion until Wrath of the Lich King’s release.

Finally, it appears as though I’ll be delaying the publication of this weeks Screenshot Challenge (Boss Battles) given the fact that I’ve only received two submissions, my own and one from Kuarlos.  Kuarlos will automatically receive 15 bonus points for being on time.