Stepping out of my Box
((A portion of my online game collection – games include Warhammer, LoTRO, EverQuest, EverQuestII (and lots of expansions) LineageII, World of Warcraft, GuildWars, Vanguard, Dungeon Runners – I don’t have a box for W101 but that’s on my computer as well as Dungeons and Dragons Online, and multiple free to play games.))
I make no excuses to the fact that I am a fan of the fantasy genre, my book shelves (only a small portion pictured here) house books I’ve had since I was a teenager. Subsequently my gaming choice (remember I haven’t been gaming all my life, I’m still pretty new as far as that’s concerned) has followed a pretty straight and narrow path. I’ve played pretty much nothing but fantasy-type games with a few others tossed in for good measure, nothing too serious.
So it was that I came to a decision that I should expand on this a little bit, especially if I’m going to write about games. For no other reason then personal experience for myself. I like exploring new things, I like embracing new perspectives and this is an easy way for me to do that. I have a few friends who are playing EVE online, and I decided to see if I couldn’t get a 21-day trial (a buddy pass, longer then the typical 14-day ones). Apparently the game is going through a re-launch on the 10th of March, with a revamp to the beginning experience for new players so that the learning curve (which has been referred to as more of a learning cliff then a curve) is easier to grasp. I was lucky enough to be sent the 21-day trial and as soon as that goes live I’ll be signing up to give things a whirl.
So why EVE?
Well. It’s COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. I actually don’t care for sci-fi at all. It puts me to sleep. I’m not a fan of space ships or galaxies or anything else. I know, I should be flogged. I’m looking at the game with an open mind though, and I’m even excited about it. With games like DC Universe Online and others on the horizon I really want to be able to step out of my box and explore games (and enjoy them) that I would have never pictured myself playing. I did give City of Heroes a shot a while back, but I found (at the time) that the controls were really difficult for me to get a grasp of, and while I absolutely adored character customization it simply didn’t grab me. Granted, I also didn’t play for a large length of time.
So here’s to new experiences, and exploration. I’m going to continue writing about (and playing) my games of choice of course which will probably remain and always be some sort of fantasy type game since that’s what I love to play. Nothing wrong with breaking out of my personal mould a little though, and giving something new a try. Even if I don’t end up liking it.