Archive for May, 2011

2 Years Ago

Posted in MMORPG, Writing with tags on May 16, 2011 by theerivs

Holy crap I’ve been putting out this drivel for two years now. I was looking at my past posts, and noticed my first post on here was roughly a few weeks ago, 2 years ago. 

I’m not one to toot my horn, I let women do it for me, but I am amazed how the time flew by, and what wonderful ground we covered.  We fought some battles, won some, lost some, through the good times, and bad we kept up the good fight, and our banner still waves in the wind.

Bee -  I would be remiss in saying that Bee has not been a huge part of this past year, she helped me in some rough patches, like me being in the hospital. I just wanted to say she is a phenomenal person, and she will always have a special place here at High Latency Life, and in my heart. I took her off the banner, not as punishment. She was just not been an active part of the team lately, so I just took her off the roster. There will never be any meanness or anger in my heart, she will always be my friend, she still has full author permissions, and I await the day she returns with a post.  Until that day, High Latency must move on.

The Future - With such games as Star Wars, The Old Republic, and Warhammer 40k, not to mention the past games I think we will not run short of things to talk about, or stories to tell. I also want to realize not just the fact that this is an MMO blog, but transcend it and bring my vision to life of this being an “all things geeky/nerdy” blog.  That means more movies, more books, more everything.

My Readers - I say I write for myself, and don’t give a crap about numbers, but there are people out there, that “get me” so to speak. They understand what I am trying to accomplish here. I’m not trying to give you the bible on how to play an MMO, or give you an insight on a trick to beat the Internet.  I’m here to entertain, and share ideas with each other. For those people who understand what I’m trying to do here. Thank you.

My Fellow Bloggers - Thank you for your support. I am not as talented as most of you, and yet you continue to include me in this we call a blogosphere. I view you not as only peers, but as friends who share the same hobby as me, and love it just the same.

So Everyone thanks for living the High Latency Life with me, and sharing the sucky Ping with me.

Weekly Lagout

Posted in MMORPG with tags on May 14, 2011 by theerivs

WoW- Still grinding my Pally to 85, loving the fact that I get some awesome xp in Alterac Valley.

Other Games – Just in a hold pattern, though I’ve been itching for some Star Trek, we’ll see.

High Latency Love -

You know what I’m going to give some love to the Men and Women of the Arm Forces, not because of Osama Bin Douchebag, but just because they do their job, so I can sleep better at night. Show them some High Latency Love.

Something Funny..

Six Girls you date in College.

With That…

MY PING SUCKS, AND I’M GOING TO GET DRUNK!

Why I don’t heal anymore

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on May 12, 2011 by theerivs

I never really healed in World or Warcraft,or any MMO after that…sure I flirted with it maybe healed for a few 5-mans on my pally in Wrath, or a few scenarios in WAR on my Zealot, but I never really seriously dedicated myself to the healing arts in these later games, and I’ll tell you why.

I’m sick of it,  truth be told.

I played Dark Ages of Camelot for over 2 years, in that game I played a Cleric…I was everyone’s heal bitch. You think mages get alot of whispers for portals, that ain’t shit compared to the amount of rez tells I use to get in DAOC. Oh it wasn’t so in the beginning. I had an awesome Smite specced Cleric. Oh he rocked….then came a mighty nerf, and if you played Albion at all in DAOC in the beginning, I’m sure you heard of the almighty Smite Cleric Nerf.

*sigh* So be it, I’m a dedicated healer now. It was fun for a while…playing whack a mole with the green bars, then with my gear getting better, healing got easier. It got to the point where I could paint my nails while healing…not that I actually painted my nails…that was a metaphor…yeah a metaphor. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice being a Cleric, I was decent at what I did, and everybody liked me because I did my job, it just got well tedious.

The only real fun I had been in PvP, running around with the group. Watching the kill people, as I healed them, but then got tedious as well cause guess who was on the first to kill, or mezz list, yep me.

I was just tired of it….so when World of Warcraft came out in 2004, I decided to be a tank, and standing in the front lines this time and taking the hits.

Do I get the bug to heal, once in a while…tell you the truth, I still got the mad skillz at least in dungeons, raids I don’t know, but after a while it’s the same ole, same ole to me….an elaborate game of whack-a-mole with green bars.

You can get with this, or you can get with that.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on May 11, 2011 by theerivs

I took the time yesterday to help one of my new found guildies help tame Chromaggus. The great thing is I had some fun doing it to. Just going into BWL, and mopping the floor with it. Ok we had some hitches trying to take Chromaggus, but all in all we really wiped the place clean.

I think that’s one of things I enjoy the most about MMO’s, you have a choice. You can help your fellow man, or woman, or you can be a jerk and not.  I think that’s what MMO’s should be about is choices, and that’s what scares me most about WoW lately is that it’s more on rails as of late, and not about choices.  

Here’s the problem though, I don’t like true sandboxes either, I want some direction, some goal to work for, whether it be PvE oriented, or PvP, but in my downtime I do like to just muck about, and sometimes even help someone.

But that’s why I am looking forward to SWTOR, I hear you have more choices, like morality.

Won’t you be my neighbor

Posted in MMORPG with tags on May 10, 2011 by theerivs

Tobold the Mr. Rogers of the MMO world asked what would it take to improve community.  I don’t mean Mr. Rogers in a bad way, I liked Mr. Rogers he always promoted good manners, and as my Grandmother use to say “Good manners are the glue of society.”

I had a few thoughts on this, and it was way too long for a comment.

Way to Improve a Community -

1. Accountability Back in the day when you were a fuck up, people knew who you were, word got around fast. Why a smaller community is one reason, there was no cross faction toons on the same server, no easy name changes, no LFG tools, etc.etc.  We all know the Greater Internet Dickwad Theory from Penny Arcade. So less anonymity, means less of a dickwad. 

2. Different Faction Traits -I’m not talking powers or abilities, I mean subtle difference, not the homogenized MMO’s we have now.  Once upon a time Horde had Shamans, and all “ugly” races, and Alliance had Paladins, and hot chicks. They were different as night and day, I played Horde, because I identified with the Forsaken, some people played because they identified with gnomes. immersion, and a strong lore so you can feel a part of something really brings ownership to my toon. I think that was lost somewhere.

3. Give us something to fight for – Screaming “For the Horde!’, meant something back in the day. Getting up at 3am on a Sunday for a Relic Raid in Dark Ages of Camelot meant something. Whether it be for pride, buffs, or bragging rights give us something more than gear to be able to say “Ha we’re better than you”, or “You might be winning the battle, but you won’t win the war.”  In WoW I loved going to the little book in Wintergrasp and see how much we kicked the others side’s ass.

There is much more we could do to improve community, but I think it all starts with each and every one of us.

A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will

Posted in MMORPG with tags on May 9, 2011 by theerivs

I actually got that from a spammer, and I have to say it’s a pretty good line wherever they got it from.

I think as an MMO player, you have to be more flexible, more open to ideas, ready to roll with the punches. I mean look at what we got to deal with everything from nerfs, to guild drama. You don’t have guild drama in single player games.  So as a player you either adapt, and change, or you don’t. If you don’t then you stay stagnant, and don’t grow as a player.

I switched back to the Alliance, because I needed to change it up, as a tank I know I will have an easier go of it in a bigger active guild, then just PUGing all the time. Also as Alliance I know as a tank, I’ll be more active, bigger population means more DPS that need tanks.

Change is good, and I’m already having some fun….beating my old friends in the Horde buts in Alterac Valley.  

I have to admit I hang out with some awesome people online, and I think that’s why I stay in MMO’s the people.

Weekly Lagout

Posted in MMORPG with tags on May 6, 2011 by theerivs

WoW – Well back to the Alliance side, not my first time with them, I was Thunderlord as a mage for years. This time I’ll be playing a Paladin.

Gods and Heroes - Someone asked me to check out the Beta, and being of Italian descent, and this is based in Roman Mythology, so I got to at least look at it.

High Latency Love -

Lets give some to my new GM Amber at For the Bubbles, little sucking up never hurts…show her how we do it.

Something Funny…

Your Highness a funny movie….

With that…

MY PING SUCKS, AND YOU’RE OUT, AND I’M IN!

My Orbs are Frosted

Posted in MMORPG with tags on May 6, 2011 by theerivs

First I want to thank everyone with their gracious invitation to join them, but I decided to go with my old Alliance guildies. I know alot of them there, and well they know my unique quirks. Quirks is the right word, I think.

So I brought my Pally over, why my pally?  Several reasons, I actually like keeping my mage as Forsaken lore wise, seems cooler and I do like the Forsaken. The other reason is who couldn’t use a Pally, my pally is Prot, and offspec is Ret.  

I changed my sex from female to male. I made my Pally a gruff older looking Paladin, with long gray hair, and gray facial hair. He looks a little rough on the edges a bit, a person who seen too much of this world, but who’s heart is always in the right place…sorta like me.

I named him Frostedorbs, cause there was a joke about my orbs being frosty after talking to this girl healer. She was such a tease. LOL!

So I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things, and hopefully getting beat upon, and looking at crotches again.

Back in the Saddle Again

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on May 5, 2011 by theerivs

Welp I reupped my WoW account, because I just wasn’t feeling RIFT, perhaps it’s because of what’s going on in my life, and it being all chaotic. Perhaps I felt it was the same ole, same ole and if I wanted that I’d play WoW, maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t hit 85 yet just doesn’t sit well with me.

Whatever the case. I’m back baby. It was nice, I whipped out my Green Proto Drake, flew around. Started making gold again. LOL. Yeah for enchant scrolls. I also PvPed in AV, it was nice to crush some enemies again.

 The problem is I’m pretty lonely. I even hit up….*gulp* my old Alliance guild.  So I’m looking for a new home, if you are on a US Server, and don’t mind me hanging out while I level up my toon, I got a 83 Prot Pally, and an 82 Arcane Mage, drop me a line.

May the Fourth Be With You!

Posted in MMORPG, Other Nerdy Pursuits with tags , on May 4, 2011 by theerivs

Here at High Latency Life, We are not just about video games, we’re all about being a nerd. Nothing says nerd like Star Wars.

“Peace is a lie, there is only Passion”  from the Sith Code

Star Wars is definitely a passion of mine. Star Wars came out in 1977, I remember seeing it  in my Pajamas at a Drive In.  Then when I saw Empire Strikes Back.  I was hooked. The Star Wars Universe is a rich and vibrant playground, which I enjoy alot. 

One can nit pick about the stupid Ewoks, or that douchebag Jar Jar. Overall though Star Wars itself is Epic. I mean I read the books, and play some of the video games. Speaking of games, there are alot of good Star Wars games, and some not so good, but lets talk about some of my favorite video games in the Star Wars genre that have affected my life.

5. Empire Strikes Back – (Atari 2600) – basically just your snow speeder attacking AT-AT’s but it was my first Star Wars game, and I spent alot of hours playing this side scroller.

4. Force Unleashed (PC/Console)- Just a great game, the combat, storyline. Only thing is sometimes the camera angles are shitty, but other wise nothing like swinging your lightsaber in the game. I’m still playing this game, when I finish definitely moving to Force Unleashed 2.

3. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kai (Playstation) – The only Star Wars fighting game I ever played, and there were many times me and my brother battled me being Darth Vader, and him being Luke. Then all my friends, and even cousin got into the action. There were some Epic battles back in the day.

2. Tie Fighter (PC) – A Tie Fighter simulator, oh my god this game was great. Letting me fight for the Empire for which I adore. For the time the graphics were awesome, and the storyline was pretty damn good. This game was ahead of its time.

1. Knights of the Old Republic (PC/Console) – This game had a great storyline, morality choices, and even a smartass evil robot what more could you want. I enjoyed every second of the game, and the sequel as well.

Is it any wonder I look forward to the Star Wars MMO?

May the Force Be With You!

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