Archive for March, 2012

The Quitter

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Bioware, Goals, Star Wars The Old Republic
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While I’m frantically refreshing my mailbox and hoping to finally see my invite to MoP pop up, I figured I might as well explain why I stopped playing Star Wars The Old Republic.

When I first started playing my Imperial Agent, I adored her. She was blue (you’ve got to love Chiss), sassy and I loved her sniper abilities. I didn’t get annoyed with her voice, which is a big plus. I played other chars in SWtor and really hated how they sounded, but my agent was perfect. Her story grabbed me and it wouldn’t let me go. I might hate certain planets and quests, but her story was so amazing that I didn’t care about that. The fact that I could choose certain dialogue options made the immersion so much better.

*SPOILERS AHEAD* I went through so many emotions on that character. I started to suspect everyone around me of trying to get me killed. It even made me ponder about certain chat options for minutes. If I would choose this answer… what consequences would that have? Stuff like that. There was a time when she flirted heavily, well she always did that, with a Chiss leader on Hoth and I was stunned when he grabbed her and kissed her. My agent felt like the female version of a womaniser and somehow that was so much fun to play. She had a sassy personality, but was always looking out for the best options for her Empire. Then she met Vector and as said before she like his awkwardness. It made playing my agent even more interesting, I was curious about what would happen with the relationship between my agent and Vector. I was delighted when they got married in the end. I also remember a point in the story when she gets ‘brainwashed’ and you can’t talk about what happens to you. You see the dialogue option ‘tell that you’re being brainwashed’, you click it, but instead you say that everything is just hunky-dory. It made me chuckle, but I was also outraged when I got betrayed and hurt by someone and I literally yelled in the house; ‘all bets are off, you’re dead next time I see you buddy!’

Then I reached level 50…my class story came to an end and so ended my enjoyment. I just felt disconnected with my character. Her story had ended, she felt like an empty husk  with no more story just for her. I tried playing other characters, but it just didn’t click like with my agent. I did like the bounty hunter, but her voice wasn’t how I wanted her to sound, how I wanted to sound. I just couldn’t immerse myself into the other characters.

Now came the second problem; even if I would have continued playing my bounty hunter or trooper (the two classes that seemed interesting when it came to story and playstyle) I still had to deal with the quests. I couldn’t do my quests on the same planets again. It just felt like a horrible grind to me. Sure, I could have pvp’ed my way up to 50 and just do my class quests, but it felt like so much work. In the end it annoyed me more to play and it felt like I was having a second job. Now comparing it to WoW, which I’ve played for over 7 years and still enjoy questing (just don’t mention outland or northrend to me) this is a pretty stark contrast.

In a way I really hate it that I’m not playing the game any more and that has more to do with my love for my agent, the love I feel for such a great company (I adore Bioware’s games and how they drag you into their stories) and the fact that again another game me and my husband would be able to play together. After he left WoW, Swtor was going to be the mmo that would be ours again, but it just didn’t work.

I’m not quite sure if I’ll return to the game. Perhaps if my story would continue, I would happily run around on my agent again. So I am keeping my fingers crossed. … I am also keeping my fingers crossed that Bioware will bring out a DLC ending where my Sheppard is having loads of babies with her Turian husband. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!

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The Planner

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Goals, WoW
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I’m probably not the first and I most certainly won’t be the last person giving my opinion about the new Pandaren female model. In short, I’m happy with it. She looks cute, but not overly sexy. She might not be as big and round as some people hoped, but at least she’s not (as I like to call it) a pair of melons on a stick. I love what they did with her hair and I can’t wait to get a cute bun with chopsticks on my future characters.

After falling in love with the new female Pandaren model, I have the following list in my head for characters on Argent Dawn:

  • Tauren Shaman (who might be race changed into a panda, she’s already level 58)
  • Nightelf Mage (might also change her into a panda)
  • Nightelf and Tauren Druid (both with different specs: cat/bear and moonkin/resto)
  • Troll Warlock
  • Dreanai Warrior
  • Dreanai Hunter
  • Bloodelf Rogue
  • And two Pandarian Monks!

All female characters. I will not be playing a Paladin or a Deathknight on this server. I don’t mind the Paladin class that much, but I’d prefer to have two Druids. Who knows, if the monk class isn’t that great I might get a Paladin after all. When it comes to the Monks I will put them on Horde and Alliance. Lets see how that works out.

Looking at the glyph changes for druids, I will also be levelling a glyphmaker. I think my two Druids will be good candidates for that.

Now with all of this, I am still looking for a fun guild on Argent Dawn. Though there is a contest coming up where we are starting a guild for the Podcast and podcast listeners. With some luck that guild will grow into a wonderful home!

The Hater

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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For some time now I’ve been trying to get my body back into shape. I did go to the gym for a while, but due to my working hours changing, I can’t maintain the level of gym visits. Owning a wii and a wii board should help with getting enough of a workout though.

I happily put in EA Active and follow their programme. Now I’m now quite sure it would give me the same great burn and muscle work out that I would get from the machines in the gym, but I do feel my muscles ache in the following mornings. So far, so good. Except that I haven’t touched my wii in two weeks now.
I hate my trainer! I tried the male and the female version, but both of them are blind bats! As soon as I move my controller, my trainer would moan that I’m not doing it correctly. *facepalm* or I’ve moved and they still think I’m standing still. You have no idea how frustrating this is after 15 minutes of working of my butt and then getting flack from your trainer. It leaves me incredibly frustrated if I have to shake the stupid remote to make my character on screen actually move again. There is this one excercise I always dread: inline skating. I bend my knees and I jump when the ramps come on to screen and I see the big, flashing ‘jump now’ on my screen pop up. Nothing. I look absolutely horrible on the screen. The comments of my trainer aren’t making the situation better. ‘I know you can do better. Put all your effort in.’ I see red flashing in front of my eyes when that happens. I do jump and quite high, but that one always seems to fail.

The fact that I also don’t want to work out with my husband in the house also explains why I haven’t seen my wii trainer anymore. I remember this particular time when I was running on the spot and my trainer commented; ‘ you look elegant doing this work out.’ All of a sudden I hear this snickering coming from the door way. I wanted to throw something at his head at that point, but I can’t blame him. I hardly look like a gazelle running on the spot.
No wii fit, I think we should just stick to the stepping training you provide while I’m able to watch some tv for 30 minutes. The real work outs will happen in the gym again.

The Updater; week 10

Posted: March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Updater; week 10

I used to draw these weekly diary cartoons about a year ago. Thought I should start this again.

The Ranter

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Bioware, Cataclysm, rant
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Following the post by Gazimoff and Pewter, I will also give my thoughts about The Annual Pass that I signed up to. I have to admit, I didn’t sign up immediately when they announced it at Blizzcon last year. I was tempted, because everyone knows I’m a sucker for stuff like that (free mounts woot!).  I knew that I was going to play Star Wars, but after talking it over with the husband, we agreed that I could afford playing two mmo’s for a while. When Swtor started though I wasn’t that interested in wow any longer and I felt a bit of buyers  remorse. Was I ever going to really get into WoW again?

Luckily for me, I stopped playing Swtor. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the game; the story is amazing and I love the immersion the game provides. Levelling though is horrible and I just can’t do it on any other alts. In other words: I returned to WoW and I’m actually quite happy running around, levelling new alts all to prepare for mists.

Thinking about it, I do think I would sign up for the pass again. I might still take some little breaks now and again when something new comes out (Guildwars 2, Mass Effect 3, etc) but I somehow always seem to return to WoW. The pro’s about the pass for me are as following:

I love getting into beta’s. It will give me a chance to check out the class changes in the game and see if I’d still like to play my class or if I want to switch it up. I am very curious what the monk class will be like and if it will be worth it to make it my main.

I love it that I can play Diablo 3 when it comes out and I don’t have to go to a shop… I guess that feeds my laziness  and I do like Tyreal’s charcer, even if it has short legs and remind me more of a pony.

Now for the con’s: I am never a fan of long contracts, except perhaps for my marriage. I’m a very fickle person and a game I could love for a few months, could loose it’s shine in a few more. I especially notice this with mmo’s and signing up for a year to WoW was somehow a big step for me. In the end it’s working out alright. I am still enjoying WoW so far.

I’m alright with paying for the things I’m getting; mount, beta, free game, then I see the new features for the Scroll of resurrection….and I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. It’s great that people get a reward that pretty amazing for returning to wow and I am also happy that the person who sends out the scroll gets (yet another) mounts.

Call me selfish and greedy, but where is my reward of being a mostly loyal customer for 7 and a half years now? Ow that was the annual pass? That I had to pay for? Yeah…thanks. Ow wait, you also gave me a free copy of wow, tbc and wrath. That’s great! Ow… I would also have to pay for the subscription for that second account? Never mind then. I am a little bit bitter about it. I’m sure Blizzard could look at all the accounts of long time subscribers, see how many months through all the years they paid for WoW and give them a reward depending on how many months they have paid already. I’d like a spectral tiger please… with a pretty bow around it’s neck. Thank you, Blizzard. (ps. If you team up with your nemesis Bioware and make me a Garrus mount, I will love you forever.)

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See that previous post? The one from last year? I know I’ve stated that we’ve moved, but perhaps I should phrase it a bit better; everything that has to do with my podcast has moved to www.girlsgonewow.net and I will post most of my wow-related blogs over there too.

However, I feel the need to put down all this rambling inside of my head and I don’t feel it would be a good place to do that on the girlsgonewow-website.

So yes, I am back here and I shall be posting more gaming/geeky related things. I need to build up my blogroll again it seems and I’m always open for new blogs to follow!

Bioware, I LOVE YOU!

Now to start of this new blog I’m going to talk about a secret I have. It’s dark and horrible. I am cheating on my husband. No hold your pitchforks! I’m not cheating on him with a real guy… he’s pixalated. Or when I say ‘he’ I actually mean ‘they’.

Bioware has this horrible way of making me fall for some of their romanceable characters in any game that I am playing. It started with Dragon Age Origins. I loved my little human mage, being all bad-ass and then I met Alistair. I made it my goal to woo that sweet guy with the awkward humour.

Then there was Dragon Age 2, this time I tried going for a warrior and my Hawke was not interested in the Anders-character in the least. Then she met Fenris and my heart was beating a bit faster. I know, I know, he was a bit too emo at times, but give the guy a break! It’s not as if he had an easy life. I did my best to get on his good side, but that was pretty difficult with me not wanting to piss of all the mages around me.

Now I didn’t finish either of the Dragon Age games. I blame my ADD when it comes to gaming. However, then there was Star Wars the Old Republic. I was simply adoring my Chiss Sniper Agent. She was so cool and I could picture her flying around the galaxy with Kaliyo as her bad-ass sister in crime. Then I met him; Vector. Sure, in the beginning I wasn’t quite sure. The eyes… the hair… the constant referring to himself in the third person. I stayed friendly though and when he became a part of my crew I decided that I might as well give him another skin. Ow boy, I found the perfect skin for him, dare I say he even looked a bit like my husband with the hairstyle and colour (mind you my husband will deny this, claims he looks nothing like that. Of course he’s wrong.) Me and Vector started talking more and more and soon I was wrapped around his alien finger. I squeed in delight when he kissed my blue girl and it almost felt like my own second marriage when he proposed to her. After that, I actually thought that nothing more would happen, but behold, he was sending me love letters (something I might need to mention yet again to my husband.)

Now that I’ve stopped playing SWtor (something I will talk about in a later post), I missed having the romance options in a game. I spotted my husband playing Mass Effect 2 and decided to give it a go. Now here I am playing Mass Effect 1 and I’m loving the story so far. I do have a bit of an issue with my female Shepard being so …. manly. I can get over that though. Now here is me being… well typical me I guess and I do not fancy the romance options at all in the first Mass Effect. I find the humans boring and the Asari does nothing for me, no guess who I found the most interesting.  The Turian, Garrus Vakarian. He’s cool, makes funny jokes and has the most amazing face paint. When I’m going to start with Mass Effect 1 I’ll be romancing him…. and probably also in ME3.

On a more serious note, I am really impressed with the way that Bioware makes their romance options so amazing in their games. I’ve never felt more connected with my own character as well as my crew/team members in any other game I’ve played. I wish there were more games out there that would do that.