Archive for April, 2012

The healthfreak

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Confession time; I’m chubby and I should loose at least 20 kg’s to be healthy. I’ve always struggled with my weight. I’ve been superheavy and skinny in my 32 years on this world. 2 years ago I was healthy when it came to my weight, but slowly I started gaining. I realised this week that I have to do something again. Hence I logged my calories again on my fitness pal and I will submit myself to working out in a weeks time. Why am I writing rid here? Because logging my progress on my blog will give me that extra push I need. Every Friday will be an update on my progress and/or lack there of. I’ll be as honest as possible and hopefully this will give me the right kick up my chunky rear!

I seriously get too obsessed when there’s a holiday in game.

I think I might have said before that I was in the Tera beta. I actually was very unlucky with grabbing keys through their facebook page, so I just signed up for their trial/beta option and paid my £5 to try it out. Now let me start with some of the positive points of the game:

I loved the character creation screen; it told you so much about the class you were going to pick and the race. The customization is amazing and I really think that the characters look great. I am one of the few women out there who really don’t mind that my character has huge boobs and that her outfits might be a bit too revealing. Sure, when the highelf bend forward and her boobs did a pornstar-esque movement I did shake my head, but I couldn’t help but smile a bit to myself. I know some of my male friends will love this sort of thing. Now to something that got me excited: the hair. I have seen so many amazing hairdo’s that I am lamenting the state of the do’s in wow.

The gameplay itself is not bad. I found it really difficult to get into the swing of not auto-attacking and actually playing the game as if I was playing an action adventure game. It was new and something fresh. It kept me on edge with my tactics and moves.

The soundtrack is very nice. I enjoyed listening to it while slashing my way through the countryside.

The world is beautiful. There were a few moments that I just looked around me for minutes, taking in the scenery. The monsters are very interesting too, but here comes my first negative of the game. The monsters look the same after a while and I guess this is also a big fault of the questing. I had to do a certain quest to kill…let’s call them foozles. I go off to kill the foozles and hand in my quest… ow I have to kill them again and loot something else from them… okay. I had to do this 3 times with the same mobs. It gets old very quickly. I thought I would run to the next area and see what new mobs there would be…. no new mobs; they look exactly the same! No, hold on I was wrong; the name is different. These are ‘elder foozles’. I face palmed several times.

It might not be as grindy as the Korean version, but it’s still pretty damn grindy. In fact I will call this game a grindfest. I was not enjoying the questing at a certain point and I was hoping it was just because of the starting area. After I would leave this place it would all be better.

I jumped on the nearest Pegasus and had an amazing flight to the main city. It was amazing. Then I couldn’t find any quests for a very long time and I got really annoyed. I asked around and there is my second gripe with the game: the community. Fair enough; it’s beta and not everyone was a douche, but by golly, loads of them were. I got so annoyed with the level of immaturity that I decided not to ask in any channel anymore and just look around for quests myself. I found them but the grindfest just continued. I’m not saying that this is the only mmo where it gets a bit grindy. Wow certainly has its moments, but unlike wow the story of Tera just doesn’t pull me in. I care absolutely not for my characters background. Ow and one thing that I really hated: in the intro scene you see your character fly on a Pegasus among some other ‘adventurers’. Now these adventurers talk to each other… but they still have to Korean lip movement going on, with American voices. Ever seen those Asian kung fu movies where they dubbed over them with American/English voices, yeah I’m talking about that kind of quality. It’s minor, but it annoyed the shit out of me.

I have to give the game credit for the Unreal-engine and I wish that in the future wow might switch over to something so gorgeous, however, when it comes to gameplay/questing it’s not a game I’m willing to pay for.


The Collector

Posted: April 6, 2012 in CE, WoW
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I’m a sucker for Collectors Editions (CE) or Special Editions. During my gaming-life I’ve purchased all the CE’s of World of Warcraft and the Starcraft 2 game. If it wasn’t for the blood pack… I mean Annual Pass I’d probably also would have pre-ordered the CE for Diablo 3. The only CE my husband has bought is the Star Wars The Old Republic one. Wait… I’m wrong, somewhere there are two CE’s for Age of Conan that we bought.

I don’t know why I’m such a sucker for these expensive versions of the game. I have to admit that I never regretted buying them, except for the Conan-one perhaps. Then again, I still play WoW constantly.

I think the big thing that drags my wallet out of my bag and buys these CE’s is the art books they provide. I love art books! When you have a look at my bookcase, you will see so many books about drawing and painting that I could build a small cat-house out of them. I use them to get inspiration for my own drawings and paintings, but I also just love to see how the creative team of a gaming company just comes up with all these fantastic beings I encounter in the game.  In game pets are nice too, I always love it when I can pull out my mini-Diablo pet from the first WoW CE and have people asking me where I got it. It’s truly just for showing off though. The music will immediately be put on my iPod, but I have to admit that I don’t listen to it as much as I’d like to at times.  Podcasts and audio books will take up my ear-time.

Now I was in a bit of a dilemma; I’ve received two e-mails this week. One from Funcom (ow how you burned me with Conan) and one from Arena-net. Both prompting me to pre-order the CE’s for Guildwars 2 and The Secret World. I was already afraid that this year would become expensive with all the new mmo’s coming out, but after trying Tera for a few weeks, I can say that I won’t be buying that game (£5 well spend to test it and not have to buy to game to find that out). Just a quick side note: the CE for TERA is pretty impressive. That lion-mount is beautiful!

Anyhow, back to TSW and GW2; I checked out TSW first , since I could already pre-order that. I do feel that you can get some nice things for their digital upgrades, but in the end there was no valid reason for myself to get a lifetime sub or even the £15 upgrade for a pet, another character slot or a jacket in game. I just want to play the game casually and experience it. Now I was wondering if that would have been different if they would have offered an art book with their most expensive version… I’m not quite sure. I love the concept of TSW and I can imagine how much creepy art there could be in that book. Perhaps I should be happy that I just got the normal version, or at least my wallet is.

Then there’s GW2.  Their CE is pretty impressive, but so is the price tag; £129. It is just too much for me nowadays. I am going to pre-order the normal edition and just be happy that at least that’s a game I don’t have to pay a monthly fee for.

In all honesty I am still debating if I want to purchase the CE for Mists of Pandaria when it’s released. Perhaps I’ve become a bit jaded with CE’s. I’m always afraid I’m wasting money and I will stop playing the game after 2 months.

How about you guys? Going to buy CE’s for any of the games that will be released soon?