Archive for March 24th, 2010

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You’re Such a Boob…I Mean, Noob

March 24, 2010

My thanks to Lola who brought this news of a new thing called GameCrush.com to my attention. This website, which launched yesterday, supposedly offers a social service where gamer boys can pay to have girls play video games and chat/webcam with them. The girls in turn get paid to be the “PlayDates” in Xbox 360 titles like Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3, etc. and PC-based casual games.

My first thought: you have got to be kidding me. Stupefied, I went the site to learn more, but it was down when I got there, due to “incredible user response” (oh dear…). However, a quick search online yielded the information I was looking for. GameCrush, along with its shameless business model, is for real. They even have plans to add Playstation 3, Wii, and World of Warcraft to its services.

Jeez, where do I start? A feeling of repugnance towards the idea was my first reaction as a girl gamer. I mean, for the love of God, can’t we just play our video games anymore without having them turn into hormone-ravaged arenas of sleaze? I mean, we gamer chicks already have enough trouble with being taken seriously, thanks!

But okay, I’ll admit the whole premise of this is somewhat amusing. When I’m not groaning or rolling my eyes at the idea, I actually find myself stifling a giggle. First of all, their website’s tagline is “Be a Player.” O RLY? Not to mention their entire enterprise is a goldmine of comedic fodder, and I can see it now: jokes about the size of a guy’s GamerScore or needing “special” help reloading your weapons. I dunno…to me, all this really sounds like is a great way to screw up your death-kill ratio.

Well, I guess this was bound to happen eventually; it was only a matter of time before someone somewhere was going to start this up. And hey, it’s a free market, so whatever floats your boat. But I still think if you really want to talk to girls, the best thing to do is put down that controller or keyboard and go out to talk to an actual one.

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DAW: My Dev Appreciation Post

March 24, 2010

A toast...to game devs everywhere!

Following in the footsteps of others, I’ve decided to participate in Developer Appreciation Week with my own post to honor the people behind the games we love. DAW is originally the brainchild of Scarybooster, who is showing his thanks by spotlighting a developer for every day of this week. It’s a nice breath of fresh air to see something positive like this, and I loved the idea as soon as I saw it. Game developers get dumped on too much these days; instead of complaining, it’s time to turn that around and tell these hardworking folks that you appreciate them and everything they’ve accomplished. Blue Kae and others have already done it, now I’m going to do it too! It’s not too late to join in the fun, simply pick a day to post and share your gratitude for something great you feel a developer has done.

For myself, I have a lot to be thankful for from a lot of developers. Some bloggers are showcasing individuals, but it’s hard enough for me to pick just one creative team, let alone a single person! It’s been a great year of gaming, after all. However, I really liked the format Scarybooster used in an earlier post, so I think I’m going to adopt it for my own use here. This way, I can also thank the entire crew for bringing me the games I have enjoyed over the last twelve months.

So, here we go!

1. Aion team: You guys have one of the most beautiful looking games out there, and while I don’t play anymore, my mind is still filled with many wonderful memories from the two months that I did. You guys gave me a chance to soar over Atreia, and I thank you.

2. Funcom team: Wow, you guys are awesome! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into Age of Conan since launch, it really shows. I recently resubbed after more than a year of being away, and I have to say I’m impressed with all the improvements. Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys can come up with in The Secret World.

3. Allods Online team: You guys were my first free-to-play experience and I still remember being completely floored by the excellent quality of your game. Thank you for the fun times and I’m definitely keeping the game around because I just know I’ll be back very soon.

4. Cryptic team: I want to show you guys some extra love because it seems like all you get is hate these days, and not all of it is deserved. Yes, you’ve made some harebrained decisions in the past but you guys are always quick to own up to your mistakes, which is becoming more of a rarity in this day and age. I want to thank you first for Champions Online, which was a great game that I think I would have kept playing if my computer hadn’t had stability issues. I also want to thank you for Star Trek Online, which I am still thoroughly enjoying. I want to give credit where it’s due, so let me just say this: space combat — you guys got it right. Considering the constraints, I’m willing to overlook the trivial flaws and enjoy it for the elaborate and entertaining system that it is. It’s obvious you guys work hard, so keep listening to your fans and improving your games, and I wish you all the best!

5. EVE Online team: You guys aren’t afraid to make the game you want to make, and kudos for that. In the end, EVE just wasn’t for me, but I appreciate the time I had with it all the same. Thank you for your unique vision and innovative ideas. You have given thousands of gamers a MMO they can call home.

6. Lord of the Rings Online team: I’ve always wondered what J.R.R. Tolkien would think of your game if he was alive to play it today. And you know what? I think he would be damn proud. Turbine, you guys have brought Middle Earth to life and I thank you for it. I might not be playing LOTRO now, but I’ll be back one day! You guys haven’t seen the last of me!

7. Blizzard team: I can’t thank you guys enough for World of Warcraft. It has given me years of enjoyment, and while I’m taking a break from it now, my reasons for it have nothing to do with the state of the game. I just really wanted to broaden my MMO horizons and see what other games were out there. See you again when Cataclysm hits!

8. Bioware team: Would it be terribly clichéd of me to say something like, “You had me at ‘hello'”? I’ve been a fan since Baldur’s Gate, and while you guys haven’t made an MMO yet, I’m liking what I see when it comes to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Thank you for making excellent RPGs. You guys pour your heart and soul into your games, that’s how I know SWTOR will kick ass.