Archive for February 9th, 2010

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For Those Who Hate Cupids and Candy Hearts

February 9, 2010

I received a newsletter from Warhammer Online today about their Night of Murder event, with the tagline “I love you to death”.

For some reason, I am reminded of a roommate I once had in college, who hated Valentine’s Day with a passion and never missed an opportunity to tell you about it. Her favorite rant was a fantasy about driving through the city in a convertible hurling big fat heavy watermelons at the heads of happy couples she sees on the street.

Methinks she would have loved this WAR event.

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Allods Online has an Open Beta Date!

February 9, 2010

February 16th, mark your calendars!

Guess what I’m thinking now? Yay, more juggling! The nice thing is, this one’s free-to-play so I don’t have to worry about subs.

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about its trailer here, but it’s pretty fun to watch. I laughed my ass off in that one scene where that big orc picked up the cute little gibberling and threw the poor thing away like some flimsy rag doll. Does that make me a bad person?

Anyway, here it is (spot the 300 homage).

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I Fail at Juggling

February 9, 2010

Honestly, every time I start up a new MMO, I think I should just drop any and all others that I have on my plate. Looking back at the last week and a half, Star Trek Online has taken up most of my gaming time. The fact that it’s new and shiny probably has a lot to do with it, but I also have the tendency to throw everything I have into something I enjoy. Yes, that’s correct: despite all the controversy surrounding this game, I do find it genuinely fun to play…at least for the time being.

This is why I’ve never had more than two MMO subscriptions at any given time. Trying to juggle MMOs is virtually impossible right now, with STO having staked a claim on my already limited attention. My Lord of the Rings Online account has barely been touched since the STO head start, and I’m pretty sure my poor elf has already been evicted from her hobbit house due to lack of upkeep payments.

I find that times like these are great for evaluating what I’m playing and the reasons behind it. If I’m playing a game just fine until something else comes along to make me completely forget about it, then I want to know why. And that answer’s pretty obvious right now: space combat just trumps swords and shields. LOTRO is still a great game, but after years of dabbling in the fantasy genre, I suppose it’s just time for something different.

While I’ve been known to play several MMOs concurrently (and I realize I bounce between them like a crack addict between dealers), my gaming priorities will always be what entertains me most. In that sense, I guess I’m really a one-game kinda girl. It’s a wonderful time to be an online gamer right now with so many available options on the market, but time will forever be the limiting factor. Even if I do let myself get engrossed in more than one game at a time, I can still only put aside so many hours for gaming per week.

So it is with great sadness that I must say good bye to my LOTRO sub now before my STO one kicks in, in about a month. Until the Trek hype dies down, my characters will always be waiting for me in Middle-earth.