Since I have literally not typed anything for a few weeks, I've felt like an asshole. So, here's another super long weekend article where I fit mini-articles into list format.
1) Dude, seriously, fuck SWTOR. The game was crashing on launch for close to 3 weeks, and then when I was able to play again, the credit card in use got rejected. Which then took another 5 days to go through again. So now I'm 17 levels behind everyone else in the guild and I'm becoming a bit of a dead weight. Makes me feel bad. However, all nighters this weekend (partly from SWTOR and partly from Midterms next week) will more than likely put me back in the saddle.
2) Forget Times New Roman, Ariel is the way to go.
3) 2012 is becoming a bit of a problem for me. There are a lot of MMORPGS being released this year, and I really want to get in on all of them, but if I do, I won't be on top of my game. Yes, I'm getting back into the SWTOR saddle, but later this year Guild Wars 2 drops, and I'm looking to put some time into that. Guild Wars was a huuuuge part of my childhood, and the gigantic overhaul of the entire game that they're putting together will make me nostalgia like a little kid. However, I'm definitely not going to play a Necromancer again. Can you say "Charr Ranger"?
There's a lot of free MMOs I want to try out, too. Neverwinter, an online DnD game, is coming out in the middle of the year, and looks really good from what I've read around the internet and from what I've read on their website. I was heavily playing DnD Online, the Turbine game (You know, Turbine? They developed LOTRO. I actually would start playing LOTRO again since it's free to play, but I lost my game key.), but it didn't have a lot of staying power. There were a lot of things I liked, but also a lot of things I didn't.
For starters, the game had a lot of platforming. That's a neat addition to the kind of game it was, but it was really buggy and at times failed. It was horrible to climb all the way up to the top of the room via some sewer pipes, but then fall all the way back down because your character failed to grasp the ledge, even though you blatantly hit at the right spot (by right spot, I mean above the waist). The combat was also a tad lackluster. Kill count and damage were given to whoever landed the killing blow on a mob, not who did a bulk of the damage. A hunter could simply put an arrow at a group of mobs a Paladin had been killing forever, and get the kill and most of the experience without lifting a finger. It was really poorly planned.
Like I said though, the game did have ups. The characters looked good, and armor of the same type (i.e. two Studded Leather Helmets) had different appearances, so you could have the same armor as someone else but a different look, which provided for a nice diversity. The multi-classing was very DnD like, and the fact that every quest you got was to do a new instance was really engaging and fun. The instances were well designed, too, fit with traps and mobs galore.
Overall, decent game, but not decent enough to keep me coming back after two or three months. Hoping Neverwinter is a tad better. I have no doubt Guild Wars 2 will be good, and many of the other MMOs releasing this year, like Blacklight and the possible Fallout MMO, look like they'll do very well content wise.
4) You might as well call this article "Dungeons and Dragons: MMO Review and Other Lists"
5) I got an IKEA desk! So I no longer have to lie in bed and look upwards at my screen to play vidya games, probably making my minor scoliosis even worse.
6) I'm almost at two hundred hours on Skyrim! I have ninety hours logged into my Argonian soldier Weetahnah, which makes him my main, which is cool. The other one hundred hours are in my mage, two handed warrior, and assassin, whom I accidentally deleted, so I had to make a new one and start over (not saying doing all of that again WON'T be fun). I actually started playing Morrowind a lot lately, and I gotta say, it's really good. Morrowind is actually ten years old in October of 2013, and was the breakthrough hit of the Elder Scrolls series, I'm beginning to wonder if Bethesda will do something special for it. If gamers are treated to a remake of Morrowind on the creation engine, I might cry. Although that probably ISN'T going to happen, considering how busy the Elder Scrolls team will be with DLC in the next few years.
7) Trainspotting was really good. It was like something my english teacher would make me read. The story was amazing, the acting was superb, and the sheer cohesiveness and how well all the scenes seemed to be the same was absolutely incendiary. Yes, this movie is at least fifteen years old, so it seems improper to review it, but see it. But don't see it if you're squeamish, it's a pretty heavy work.
8) Life post, this has nothing to do with vidya or movies or comics or books: I recently thought I might like to be a teacher. I don't know why, it's just something that appeals to me severely. It's something I would enjoy. I've had too many good teachers who've inspired me in the past, and hey, maybe I'd like to matter to some kid, to kick his ass into being a better person, to maybe be one period the little shit doesn't sleep through. Everyone wants to matter, right? It's not just me? Oh well. Back to studying for Bio.
Thus concludes another thrilling addition to my repertoire of weekend updates. Expect me to contribute a lot more in the future.