Archive for October, 2011

Nostalgia

I’m not a huge MMO gamer. I’ve dabbled with a few, but mostly I’ve stuck with World of Warcraft up until this summer, and now Rift. I’ve had some good times, some bad ones, and some that just stand out in my mind as some of the best moments ever in a game. In the long run, my achievements in a game mean little to nothing, and that’s okay. But at the time, they were a huge accomplishment for me. And for that, I’m happy.

Killing the Lich King was the number one achievement I managed in my time in World of Warcraft. No, I wasn’t in a top-end guild, and no, it wasn’t a hardmode kill, either. All that mattered to me was that I killed the Lich King in any capacity. It was also good to me because it was right before the 4.0 patch, with all the nerfs to Icecrown Citadel. Yes, it was with the 30% buff in ICC, but you know what? I don’t care. I killed that bastard. Previous to that, there was no kill that was ever so satisfying. Up until that point, there wasn’t a boss that was so intrinsically entwined in all the plots and sub-plots of the game as to have an overwhelming presence in the game. Add in the Northrend quests where Arthas was appearing all over the place and creating mayhem.

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I Hate Starting Zones

Since no one replied to my last post regarding what I should post about, I thought I’d post about something else entirely, since I am constantly trying to not be fed up with the beginning starting area for Guardians and the story behind them and their differences with Defiants. This actually is something that irked me about newbie humans in World of Warcraft, too, at least post-Cataclysm when the new starting zone quests were added.

Guardian Starting Zone

It annoys the piss out of me when one faction is made to look dumb, stupid or otherwise less than intelligent in the other faction’s starting area. We all know damn well based on previous interactions, major lore characters, or otherwise that this is simply not the case. In Rift, it’s not so egregious an offense as the Blackrock Orcs in Northshire Valley, but even so, there are definite things that I cannot stand about the Guardian zone (even despite my own personal beliefs on things that this can relate to in real life).

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