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!

Oh Couch, How I Missed Thee

I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in quite some time.  I took a break from World of Warcraft.  For probably the first time since I started playing WoW earlier this year, I consciously chose not to play on a weekend, and it was great.

My self-imposed exile from Azeroth came about from the simple fact that I’m a total sucker for a good game trailer.  In this case, it was the “Last Day” video for Gears of War 2.  I previously never had any interest in Gears of War, having bought my Xbox 360 for Halo 3, but this trailer sparked my interest.  I watched a few more videos and left convinced that I wanted to get Gears 2 when it came out, which of course meant that I had to check out the first game so I knew what the series was all about.

So, on Friday night I sunk into my couch and played some Gears of War, fresh out of the shrink wrap.  It was very refreshing to substitute the confines of my computer chair for the comfort of my big cushy couch, and even more refreshing to not be playing an MMO.  Consequently, any free time I had this weekend to play games was spent with my 360 instead of the PC.  Gears of War also provided a nice change of pace to the slow progression of the RPGs that I predominantly play; I guess sometimes it’s nice just to mindlessly blow stuff up.

This also got me thinking about Fallout 3.  I fully intend on buying Fallout 3 (just as soon as I finally put Oblivion to bed), and up until this weekend there was no question that I’d buy it for PC.  My couch session got me thinking though, about how much more comfortable it would be to play an RPG from a couch in front of a big TV.  Plus my computer, although able to run Oblivion just fine on mostly high settings, is now five years old (minus a newer video card) and not getting any younger.  It annoys me to no end that there’s no flippin’ demo for Fallout 3 to test whatever performance I’d get from the PC, so that also has me leaning towards the relative safety of the 360 version.

Hopefully by the time I’m finished with Oblivion (currently projected for August, 2045) it’ll be more obvious as to which platform I should get Fallout for.  In the meantime, I imagine I’ll continue to spend some quality time with my 360, probably until about November 13th, or so.