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Sorry haven’t been doing much except alot of explosive diarrhea, throwing up, and other profound nastiness. Seems like I got a bag of tainted lettuce, which lucky me I get to be sick. So I apologize I’ll be out of commission probably until the end of this week. No worries if I die, I’ll ghost write this blog.
This is my 2,050th (after doing the math though with guest posts, it’s only 2,000 posts I did myself) post on my combined blogs, I just seen someone celebrating their 500th, and wondered where I was at.
I started this journey with my personal blog, Chaotic Ramblings, then I branched out into video game blogging for Warhammer online, with my Way of the Chosen blog, and here we are living the High Latency Life.
So as I look at my total post count, I went Holy Shit! that’s a lot of words, and boy does my fingers hurt, and as I look back I never regreted one minute of it. LOL!
I’ve been working on my mage quite a bit. as of late. It seems things changed quite a bit since the last time i maged it up. No longer am I the harbinger of death that I use to be, in PvE, or PvP. I have rotations in every spec now, in Frost I have thinks like Frost Bomb, and I have to keep up my Ice Barrier, and in Fire I have things like Living Bomb, and Combustion. I’m afraid to check out my favorite spec, Arcane I heard it’s not the melt your face spec that it once was either. Though it’s a little more fun, when grinding mobs, I still wish it was fireballx3 = dead, or Frostbolt, Frost Nova, Two Blizzards = dead. Maybe it’s the gear, or the fact I’m still 89.
It’s funny I’ve been playing a mage since Vanilla, and I use to feel god like…not anymore…hell even my portals aren’t as awesome as they use to be.
Well at least I’m not as bad as a couple of players I ran a dungeon with last night. Hey group up during magnetic shroud, and invest in downloading Deadly Boss Mods. Thanks for the 19 minute wait for the epic fail.
Anywho despite all the changes, and the way mage class is set up now, I’m still enjoying it.
In this week’s adventure column I write on my initial impressions of “Age of Wushu.” I am a bit of an ADD gamer and playing lots of different things keeps me entertained, I’m too casual to find something that I devote my life to. So I keep wandering, to find my MMO home.
So you start the game, as any other mmo, at the character creation screen. Lots of sliders to play with but ultimately I stuck with the default-ish female avatar. I was sad I couldn’t change eye color Seeing as how it takes place in semi realistic ancient china… Yeah everyone has brown eyes. You pick from a number of backstory options such as kidnapped sister, and then you pick your ‘strength.’ To be honest, I have no idea what any of it means so I just picked some things that sounded the most interesting. My characters are almost always orphans or have some other trait that leaves them needing to seek heroic inspiration. Maybe I like Batman too much, but I digress.
You progress through several [boring] missions to get the skills you need and pick your ‘school’, which determines your role in groups. Some of the schools are gender or profession restricted. Still not sure where I get professions from, as I haven’t made it that far yet. I picked what was basically the female equivalent of monk, the healing role. At least I think so.
I haven’t had a ton of time to play but I am excited to look into a sandbox game. Especially a kung fu sandbox! I get burned on the same fantasy mmo over and over again. Give me something else! Well Snail games has delivered.
There are some issues that bother me right off the bat. I play inverted mouse, like, everywhere. So the fact that there is NO option to change… That is pathetic. As a software engineer myself, the fact that they didn’t code that in from the very start is just lazy. The graphics at least redeem the lack of control options. They are very pretty and there is an option to toggle off the characters in the world. Their names still appear but it can help with some congestion, especially in the starting areas where people are littered all over.
I haven’t been able to explore much of the combat system as I ended up wandering around the world just looking and exploring.
So far, the game is interesting but there is so much to learn, the skill progression is confusing and I am not quite sure what is going on most of the time. It feels like Eve Online in that [if VIP] you can ‘cultivate’ your skills in offline time, otherwise you need to be logged into progress the skills you have earned. The in game explanation of that mechanic works well, it takes time to learn things, etc… So while annoying, I can understand. I haven’t seen the limitation of VIP yet. If you hit them before I do, let me know in the comments below.
Anyway, enjoy the wire flying, awesome Kung Fu action of Age of Wushu, it’s free 2 play. So why not explore what it’s all about? Leave all your comments and feeback below. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say about the game, if you are more interested in a certain aspect of it. Free to play games allow me to live my life and hop in and out, guilt free.
Ahh Faith No More….Oh wait no the post is about the new show on TBS called King of the Nerds. I saw the first show, and I’m pretty much hooked. Now I usually don’t get hooked on reality TV, ok Duck Dynasty a little cause somewhere in me lives a southern hillbilly. For the most part I’m a Geek. Nerd’s are a different level of smartness then me and I don’t want to claim myself a Nerd with out a Ph’D. Well let’s get back to the show. I just saw one, but here are some observations.
HOSTS- Robert Carradine, and Curtis Armstrong….or as we who remember the movie Revenge of the Nerds as Lewis, and Booger. Man I loved that movie, it spoke to me on so many levels. To see these guys host this show is pure awesome.
NERDVANA - Game Rooms, a Radio Shack Room, Play Weapons, I didn’t catch everything, but what I did catch makes me want to win the Lottery to get all that cool stuff, I’d have to probably buy a real house too…The girlfriend would never approve.
CONTESTENTS – There are some I liked, and a few I don’t. I won’t tell my complete thoughts, I’d be here all day. I think it’s a great mix though of geeks, and nerds and really look forward to them facing off. One thing I am sad about is the loss of Hendrik. In the first episode he stepped up, and volunteered to go to the nerd off. He showed courage and determination. I hope they bring him back somehow in the future.
CONTESTS – Well one was just picking the teams, and there was a real spin to it which I didn’t quite see coming. So I have to say that was awesome. Then for the Nerd Off they played a giant game of chess, with a TOTAL hottie moving the pieces…wow. me likey.
OVERALL: I like this show, and I’m looking forward to more, they celebrate the Nerd, but not make them a laughing stock. I think I have to show some love to Danielle aka Panser for the Warcraft love in the first episode which is cool.
It airs on Thursday nights at 10/9 CST
No Weekly Lagout this week. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, and families of the victims of the tragedy in CT.
But I just want to say, Monsters are made, not born. There’s something amiss with things, because this crap didn’t happen when I was a kid, bad shit might of happened, but the frequency of it has gone up.
From the off, I’d like to state that the following is categorically not an attack oncasual gamers, bandwagon-jumper-on-errs, or people who wear thick-rimmed glasses without any prescription in the lenses.
Nor will it be a discussion on where the ‘cool’ line is drawn. Are you only a real gamer if you can remember the theme tune to New Zealand Story without looking it up on YouTube? Are you just a dumb poser if you don’t know what the hell New Zealand Story even is? Who the hell cares, man? We’re not at high school anymore.
But I’m sure the very recent (and very sudden) culture shift hasn’t gone unnoticed.
For the first time in history, it’s apparently now cool to be a geek.
The global value of the video games industry has surged over the last decade, now hovering somewhere around the $70bn mark. Make no mistake, the industry has always been worth a dime or two (even in the Atari home console days), but for the first few decades the money only ever circulated between those who made games and those who played them. Maybe a bit of merchandizing too, but whatever.
All of a sudden, gaming and all the nerdy associations which go with it are now heralded as a fashion statement, and people buy into fashion statements. Before you know it, some savvy marketer realizes this and starts cashing in on it, selling a lot of pointless crap that he doesn’t understand to a group of people with more money than personality.
Can’t be angry at the marketers. Their business is to make money, not care about gaming culture. But can we be angry at the vapid consumers who are buying into the culture only because it’s now deemed acceptable?
Kinda. But being irritated by it isn’t the same as hating all the new fans who suddenly like Band X because you’ve been following them since ’82.
The difference is, nobody treated you like a social outcast for liking Band X for thirty years, then all of a sudden agreed the band is awesome after all.
So that’s an annoying aspect to the whole ‘geeks are cool’ thing of late. I’m not saying that growing up as a nerd is anywhere near the worst stigma at the puberty party, but it’s a bit rich that we had to almost seem ashamed of such an innocent hobby for so many years only for everyone to join the road after we’ve paved it.
But the Hipsters Might Cure Cancer. Seriously.
What? Yes, I did just say that. Stick with this as we move over to the flip-side.
Firstly, the reason why it’s a bit puerile and childish to hate your favorite indy band as soon as they become mainstream is because you’re supposed to want them to succeed. You haven’t been supporting them all these years with the hopes that they can’t fill out anything more than a small club or buy decent coke, have you?
A similar principle could be argued for the explosion in gaming, minus the drugs (although playing Guild Wars on mushrooms is one hell of an experience). Gaming is now accepted as a social experience, as an art form; already the shrill accusations that games turn you into a school-shootin’ psychopath are becoming more infrequent and sounding sillier by the day. If the price of having this brilliant art form accepted by – and accessible to – the masses is having some hipsters on board who claim to play games to look ‘alternative’, then I’m all for it.
Without the glorification of geekdom, we almost certainly wouldn’t see the likes of Felicia Day making a mainstream success of herself, and that’s not the kind of world I want to live in. Remember: for every wannabe ‘gamer girl’ who puts on some thick-rimmed glasses, an actual hot girl who genuinely loves WoW just came out of her basement.
The Knock-On Effect
Taking things one step further, the more society embraces nerdy pursuits as being ‘sexy’ (whatever that means), the more society benefits. Compare and contrast Bill Gates’ image in the 90s, with Steve Jobs’ image in the 21st century.
The acerbic web writer Maddox ruthlessly picked apart the ‘geeks are sexy’ thing in an article last month. While his schtick has always been to go a bit over the top, and he talks about science rather than gaming, he does hit the nail on the head and I’ve even borrowed a couple of his observations here.
But I think he’s missing the bigger picture.
This isn’t about protecting hobbies and interests. If gaming is embraced, it puts a lot of money into the industry. This money creates the kind of jobs out-of-work creatives would kill to get into. It fuels interest and puts bums on seats at places such as the NYFA game design school. In turn, it creates better games.
And outside of gaming, this glorification of intellectual pursuits can by a boon to the science and technology sectors, to such an extent that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone who got into biochemistry after Portal left a big impression on her went on to cure cancer.
Honestly. It’s just a numbers game – someone is going to do it, so why not a newly-transformed geek?
So let’s welcome everyone, old and new, into gaming. Let’s get more people into programming and app development and science.
But just not like this…
… Good lord, not like this:
Do you agree with my irrefutable logic, or do you still think get irate at hipsters jumping on the game bandwagon? Either way, leave a comment below. Fiiiiiiight!
Are going out to the people in the Northeast braving Hurricane Sandy. Good Luck, and Be Safe
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Well going to do some more farming for World of Warcraft MoP. Getting excited for GW2 a little, we’ll see how that goes, but my visions of becoming a Viking Warrior are becoming closer. Also this weekend the developers over at Mechanists City of Steam invited me to take a look, thanks to the Noisy Rogue.
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